THE WAR WITH GRANDPA (2020)
A Home Alone/Meet the Parents/Dennis the Menace hybrid, The War With Grandpa is an uneven snooze-fest that still finds a way to be charmingly adorable and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny.
When his grandpa (Robert DeNiro) moves in with the family and takes over his room, Peter (Oakes Fegley) declares war in an attempt to get it back. While this is clearly just a paycheck for DeNiro, it is always fun to see him let loose in comedic roles. Fegley is a fine young actor who has great chemistry with DeNiro, especially in scenes where they are bonding over fishing or life in general. And yes, some of the “slip on marbles” hijinks are recycled and unoriginal, but they work well with the film’s family-oriented tone. There is a fun scene at a trampoline park that involves a generational dodgeball game that is quite entertaining, even in all of its cheesy glory. Uma Thurman, Cheech Marin, Christopher Walken, and Jane Seymour also star along with a super toned-down Rob Riggle, but each are completely lost in their limited usage.
Why this was not sent straight to streaming I will never understand, but this was a simply fine movie that, much like many other films I’ve watched recently, are harmless escapes from the current insanity of the world.
The War with Grandpa is in theaters today.
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