After getting in trouble at his local supermarket, Grandpa Ed (Robert De Niro) is encouraged by his daughter Sally (Uma Thurman) to move out of his old home and in with his daughter and the rest of the family. Naturally, Grandpa is not overly fond of the idea and would much prefer to live alone. But he gives in. Moving into his new bedroom, he very quickly finds that it used to belong to his grandson Peter (Oakes Fegley), who is quite unimpressed at having to give his room up. Now he is forced to sleep in the upstairs attic, all because of Grandpa!
Peter decides there is only one way to get his room back- by initiating war with his very own Grandad. He slips a note under the bedroom door, advising his terms and the fact that a war will be starting very soon. But as for Grandad, he has no desire to move out and give up his new room. War has just begun, consisting of a series of pranks and incidents between the two. Can Grandpa Ed and Peter ever get along and bring peace before their loved ones suffer the consequences?
I’m a huge fan of Robert De Niro when it comes to comedies (e.g. Meet the Parents). Here we have a film which is aimed at families. Grandpa Ed, as a character, is generally quite likeable. He has some fun moments, such as getting annoyed with the automatic counter when getting groceries and, instead of paying, walking out with his purchase. Joining him on his battle are some of his close friends, including a character played by the highly talented Christopher Walken, who was also rather enjoyable in this film.
As a plot, the film is loaded with random jokes and attempted one-liners. The film’s setup is quick, and the war is also introduced relatively quickly. As a comedy, it’s very hit and miss. The film relies on lots of random one-liners and slapstick comedy, especially when we see pranks being conducted. And sadly, not every gag in this film worked for me, but for the most part, it is still undoubtedly brainless and fun.
Overall, War with Grandpa delivers what I expected- a light-hearted comedy filled with one-liners and slapstick humour. The humour was generally hit or miss for me, but I certainly appreciated what the film was attempting to do as a comedy and family film. No matter, families will undoubtedly have a fun time with the film as Robert De Niro puts on the grandad shoes once more. Naturally, he has toned it down for a new family audience, something that was pleasing to witness.
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