Movie Review: From the creators of “Jackass,” “Bad Grandpa” is a continuation of those antics. It is a so-so mix of “Borat” meets “Bad Santa” with a dead body in an automobile’s trunk. If laughs are what one wants, this adult comedy delivers, although we should not be amused.
The film follows the comical antics of 86-year-old Irving Zisman (Knoxville). He is tasked with getting his 8-year-old grandson Bill (Nicoll) across the United States’ heartland to deliver the boy to his father in Raleigh, N.C. Along the way, the grandfather-grandson duo play tricks on unsuspecting people. They deceive people at multiple events, including a child beauty pageant, a biker rally and a funeral.
Real-life people are unknowingly part of jokes played on them by Knoxville and Nicoll. The pranks on unsuspecting people are keenly humorous. Here, the movie is worth it for the laughs. The shenanigans are similar to that of “Jackass” and they are funny, although most of the funny bits are in the movie’s trailers.
However, the other half is an artificial story, showing a lackluster relationship between Irving and Billy. This part of the story plays like an awful comedic screenplay. It fails and is not convincing.
Director Tremaine, Knoxville and Spike Jonze co-wrote this screenplay. They should have just stuck to the pranks on people. Fake story of grandfather-grandson bonding moments is a waste. These lesser quality narrative scenes accompany better amusing scenes. The mixture is an unsound duality.
Grade: C+ (Only part is bad, but rest is hilarious)