The first trailer for Dirty Grandpa, the comedy starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron, shows the very predictable road-trip formula at work.
Despite what you may think, Dirty Grandpa is not a sequel to Johnny Knoxville’s Bad Grandpa. De Niro plays Efron’s perverted, newly-widowered gramps, and a road trip sends them to South Beach for spring break hijinks.
Here is the trailer:
Here is the official synopsis:
Jason Kelly [Zac Efron] is one week away from marrying his boss’s uber-controlling daughter, putting him on the fast track for a partnership at the law firm. However, when the straight-laced Jason is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick [Robert De Niro], to Daytona for spring break, his pending nuptials are suddenly in jeopardy. Between riotous frat parties, bar fights, and an epic night of karaoke, Dick is on a quest to live his life to the fullest and bring Jason along for the ride. Ultimately, on the wildest journey of their lives, “dirty” Grandpa and his uptight grandson discover they can learn from one another and form the bond they never had.
I can’t do much more than shrug. I’m sure there will be a few laughs, but the trope is tired. Dirty Grandpa hits theaters in January, so that should be an indication to its quality.