Perhaps the last noteworthy spring break-themed film was in 2013, when Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers made a splash in the indie movie scene. The release of the first trailer for Dirty Grandpa brings spring break back to the big screen once again.
Dirty Grandpa, as evidenced by said theatrical preview (see above), allows moviegoers to live the party life through the debauchery of Zack Efron and… Robert De Niro. That’s right, De Niro wants to party and from the looks of things in the trailer, he’s not going to take no for an answer.
Dirty Grandpa is director Dan Mazer’s follow up to his 2013 rom-com I Give It A Year, and follows De Niro as he wastes no time in taking his recently deceased wife’s orders to get back out into the field. In need of a wingman, De Niro guilts his straight-laced, soon to be wed grandson (Efron) into driving him to Florida. What Efron believed would be an innocent grandfather and grandson road trip of golf and relaxation quickly morphs into a sex fuelled, booze drenched, crack-smoking Daytona Beach blow out – and no one is more pleased about it than grandpa.
Check out the banner for Dirty Grandpa (a not-so-subtle riff on the poster for Mike Nichols’ classic 1967 comedy/drama The Graduate), below:
Dirty Grandpa arrives in January 2016, which keeps it just slightly beyond the all encompassing box-office gorging that is sure to be Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which opens in theaters around mid-December 2015). Mazer has previously collaborated with Sacha Baron Cohen on the scripts for such raunchy comedies as Borat and Brüno, but the Dirty Grandpa screenplay was instead penned by relative newcomer John Phillips. That could mean Dirty Grandpa will offer a fresh perspective on the art of film comedies about people partying – or it could mean that Phillips’ lack of experience results in a film that rehashes old gags with only slightly different twists.
Scripting concerns aside though, Efron can pull off comedy, as most who saw Neighbors can attest to – and pairing him up with De Niro might just prove to be a funny combination. If not, well, there’s a good reason why January is generally known as a dumping ground for under-whelming studio movies.
Dirty Grandpa opens in U.S. theaters on January 22nd, 2016.