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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Robert De Niro Will Be a DIRTY GRANDPA in a New Movie (And I Weep)

I'm sitting here really trying to think of the last great Robert De Niro film I saw, and...I'm having a tough time coming up with a recent one (within the last five years). That makes me sad because he's one of my favorite actors, but his recent filmography has got me scratching my head for real.

Which brings us to today's announcement that the actor is set to star in a film called DIRTY GRANDPA, a comedy co-starring Zac Efron. My reaction: (Throws hands up in the air in utter agony). Okay wait, maybe this will actually surprise us and be a good movie...maybe. But right now at least, it sounds like crap. Here's the brief synopsis:

Right before his wedding, an uptight guy is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, a former Army general, to Florida for spring break.

My assumption is Efron is the uptight guy, and De Niro is, well, you know. Dan Mazer, who previously directed the romcom I Give it a Year, helmed the film which will be released by Lionsgate on December 25th. 

Is anyone else getting flashbacks to Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand in The Guilt Trip, which was also released around Christmastime just two years ago? Anyone remember what happened with that one?

Aaaaaanyway, I look forward to reading your comments about this one. 


Rod Faulkner said...

The last good recent film I remember seeing Robert De Niro in was Stardust. It's as if in his latter years he's saying "F?#k it!l" and accepting roles in projects NO ONE would have believed a few decades ago.

Dell said...

This sounds like crap. I did really like Silver Linings Playbook. I'd call that he only movie even close to great he's been in over the last ten years.

Shala said...

His last really good role IMHO was Silver Linings (though I didn't love the movie as a whole).

I remember having a conversation with an older man in the ticket line at Sundance 2013 about Robert DeNiro. I basically told him that pretty much for most of the newer generations of movie-goers, DeNiro is associated with these lesser, wacked out parent/grandparent roles and not some of the most iconic characters in movie history (how many actually know/will go back and watch his great performances of years ago?). He thought I was wrong; I contend it's a sad fact.

Candice Frederick said...

@Shala yeah, he was good in Silver Linings Playbook. And it is sad that the younger generation won't even bother to check out his great films--and there were plenty.

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