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The War With Grandpa

also known as “Ako dostať deda z domu,” “Büyükbaba ile Savaş,” “En guerra con mi abuelo,” “Immer Ärger mit Grandpa,” See more »
MPA Rating: PG-Rating (MPA) for rude humor, language, and some thematic elements.
Not Recommended
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Primary Audience:
Family
Genre:
Family Comedy Adaptation
Length:
1 hr. 34 min.
Year of Release:
2020
USA Release:
October 9, 2020 (wide release—2,250 theaters)
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Family relationships and conflicts

12-year-old who acts like a brat for most of the movie

Resentments

Selfishness

Lack of empathy

Escalating mean-spirited pranks

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Friendship

Bullying / bullies

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A grandfather who steals groceries on one occasion because he’s so irritated at the self checkout system

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A pre-teen child who is obsessed with a SECULAR version of Christmas decorations, clothing, and practices (all without Jesus the Christ)

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Featuring: Robert De NiroEd —Sally’s widowed father
Uma ThurmanSally Decker —Ed’s daughter
Rob RiggleArthur Decker —Ed’s son-in-law
Oakes FegleyPeter Decker —Ed’s 12-year-old grandson
Laura MaranoMia Decker —Ed’s granddaughter
Cheech MarinDanny —one of Ed’s two friends
Christopher WalkenJerry —one of Ed’s two friends
Jane SeymourDiane
Juliocesar ChavezBilly
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Director: Tim Hill—“SpongeBob SquarePants” (TV 1999-2016), “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” (2004)
Producer: Marro Films
Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films (EFO Films)
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This film is based on the children’s book of the same name by Robert Kimmel Smith.

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Peter is thrilled that Grandpa is coming to live with his family. That is, until Grandpa moves into Peter's room, forcing him upstairs into the creepy attic. And though he loves his grandpa he wants his room back - so he has no choice but to declare war. With the help of his friends, Peter devises outrageous plans to make Grandpa surrender the room. But Grandpa is tougher than he looks. Rather than give in, Grandpa plans to get even. Grandfather fights back with some pranks of his own and assistance from his friends (Cheech Marin and Christopher Walken).”

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  • Sex: • Lascivious grandfather who gawks at younger women’s bodies • Grandfather remarks about women in yoga pants, “Those yoga pants are gonna be the death of me” • A bratty teenage daughter is having an overly intimate relationship with her boyfriend—deceiving and rebelling against her parents • Boyfriend who ignores the wishes of his girl friend’s parents to the point of having to be chased and tackled by the mother
  • Profane language: • “G*d” (misused 4 times) • D*mn • “Hell” (6), including “Welcome to Hell” (on school sign) • “Holy heck” (a euphemistic replacement for the word “Hell”)
  • Vulgar/Crude language: • “Did somebody say b**bies?” (breasts) • “Oh cr*p” • “A**” • “Pain in the butt” • “Farts” (comment about trying to freeze them in baggies) • “Suck” • “No aiming for the junk” (male genitals) • “Wouldn't have the cajones” • “Nutsies” • “Wise-ass kids” • “The old hell-raiser” • “Punk” • “Hell-bent on f…unning it up” • “Shut up” • and various crude humor
  • Nudity: • Shirtless • Senior man is accidentally seen naked (full-frontal twice) by another man (but not seen by movie viewers)
  • Alcohol: • Drinking some hard liquor eggnog • Song lyrics: “Waking up shaking yesterday’s booze, yeah” and “OJ with a champagne tune-up. Mimosa holy ghost running through ya.” • Man seeks a bar
  • Violence: Moderate slapstick violence (no heavy violence)
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Secular Movie Critics
…a kind of family-friendly hell… The “pranks” just aren’t funny. The whole premise isn’t funny. …nothing lands emotionally…
Michael Ordona, Los Angeles Times
…Chock-full of unfunny humor, bland characters with nonsensical motivations, and tedious subplots…
James Berardinelli, ReelViews
…“The War With Grandpa”…will have a special place in De Niro’s vast and varied cinematic legacy as the absolute worst movie he ever made. …
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
…Robert De Niro coasts through a toothless, feel-good ‘Home Alone’ knockoff…
Owen Gleiberman, Variety
…buries a cute premise under dumb pratfalls…
Mike D'Angelo, The A.V. Club
…little kids — VERY little kids — will chuckle at the pranks…
Roger Moore, Movie Nation
…rather than being bad, it’s merely bland, an adequate milquetoast time-waster for a very young and very undiscerning audience… The two-time Oscar winner sleepwalks through a throwaway family film…that also wastes Uma Thurman and Christopher Walken… [2/5]…
Benjamin Lee, The Guardian [UK]
…The amiably bland family comedy “The War With Grandpa” genuinely surprises with how un-special it is. It’s the kind of film that seems to vanish from the mind even as you’re watching it. …
Bilge Ebiri, Vulture (New York Magazine)
…Another forgettable Robert De Niro comedy… mostly goes gung-ho for recycled old-folks jokes and tame pranks… [2/4]
Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post
…Not that terrible, but dispiritingly generic — the kind of off-brand, cable-ready product that functions as advertised but could have been cast with anybody other than some of the most unique and celebrated performers of their generations. …The pro forma end-credit outtakes of the actors muffing their lines and cracking each other up serve as a reminder that a lot of movies are more fun to make than they are to watch.
Ty Burr, The Boston Globe