By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
If you’re looking for some silly and crazy fun this weekend, you might want to suit up the new family comedy, “The War with Grandpa.”
Directed by Tim Hill
(“SpongeBob SquarePants”) “The War with Grandpa” is based on the award-winning 1984 book of the same name by Robert Kimmel Smith.
The movie stars Robert DeNiro
(“The Irishman”) as a cranky old guy —although not as crude as in “Dirty Grandpa”—who would rather be left alone. His daughter Sally (Uma Thurman, TV’s “Chambers”) decides that he’d be better off living with her husband Arthur (Rob Riggle, TV’s “Hoops”), their 10-year-old son Peter (Oakes Fegley, “Pete’s Dragon”) and daughters Mia (Laura Marano, TV’s “Robot Chicken”) and Jennifer (Poppy Gagnon, “Please Stand By”).
Everybody loves Grandpa Ed and is initially on board with the arrangement. That all changes especially when Peter learns that the old man will be taking over his bedroom and he will have to sleep up in the old, dusty attic.
Peter’s not happy about it either and declares war as only a pre-teen can.
Peter has plenty of tricks up his sleeve that begin to rattle Ed. They involve a golf club, a snake in his bed and some phony shave cream. He really ups the drama and lets things spiral way out of control during Jennifer’s birthday party.
Peter should know to never underestimate a 70-year-old man who is also a master prankster. With the help of Ed’s best friends, Danny (Cheech Marin, TV’s “Elena of Avalor” ), Jerry (Christopher Walken, “Percy” ) and Diane (Jane Seymour, “The Kominsky Method”), a local store clerk who wants in on the revenge action, Ed is ready to show Peter that papa is no pushover.
Most of the jokes in “The War with Grandpa” are laugh out loud funny,” but then the movie starts to wear out its welcome and feels much longer than its 94-minute run time.
Still, as one of the first new family movies headed to re-opened theaters, “The War with Grandpa” is friendly fare.
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Check Out This Trailer For "THE WAR WITH GRANDPA"
Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC), The Alliance Of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.