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Dirty Grandpa is a 2016 comedy film starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron.

Jason's (Efron) grandmother has just passed away, leaving behind his grandfather Dick (De Niro). He asks Jason to drive him down to Florida as a personal favor, despite currently being overwhelmed with wedding planning. It turns out that this trip to Florida is actually a Quest for Sex, since Dick is now single and free for the first time in decades, Hilarity Ensues as Jason tries to keep his grandfather in line, while keeping the whole thing hidden from his Control Freak fiancee, Meredith.

Not to be confused with Bad Grandpa.


  • Acquainted with Emergency Services: The local drug dealer and surf shop owner Pam has a very buddy-buddy relationship with the police, implying that he's had a great number of encounters with them. They imprison him for selling coke, but let him go because he needs to open up his store, even allowing him to take the drugs they confiscated with him.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The ending has Jason and Shadia holding a baby together, implying they got together and had a kid... but it turns out they're just the godparents and the kid is from Dick and Lenore.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Meredith. For most of the movie, she is high-strung and somewhat controlling but otherwise seems okay enough. After Jason's announces that the marriage is off at the wedding rehearsal, she coldly reveals to his entire family that she slept with his cousin Nick while Jason was with Dick.
  • Bridezilla: Jason's fiancée is a nagging Control Freak who doesn't respect him, which is a large part of his motivation for escaping to go have fun with his grandpa... and for breaking up with her at the rehearsal brunch.
  • Butt-Monkey: Jason, much of the movie's comedy is made at his expense, with him constantly being humiliated and mistreated by most of the people he meets.
  • Camp Gay: Bradley is a very flamboyant and campy gay man, which seems to aggravate Dick.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: When Jason first picks up his grandpa, he finds him naked on the recliner masturbating.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Jason's cousin Nick is a very bizarre guy, who comes to grandma's funeral while high and is under the belief that she was murdered when she clearly died from cancer.
    Nick: Fuckin' sucks dick about grandma, huh? Old woman fuckin' murdered like that.
    Jason: I think she had cancer.
    Nick: We'll never know the truth.
    Kelly: We absolutely know the truth. Grandma had cancer for ten years.
    Nick: You don't just die from cancer, Jason.
  • Control Freak: Meredith is a nagging and controlling Bridezilla, who bothers Jason to choose which color tie he’ll wear at their wedding while they're are at a funeral.
  • Dirty Old Man: Jason is very surprised (and disturbed) to find out his grandpa Dick was actually a massive pervert, and that his grandmother was similar.
  • Doting Grandparent: Played for Laughs at the ending with Lenore acting like a doting grandma to Jason, despite her being his age, since she married Dick.
  • Fag Hag: Bradley is the Camp Gay best friend of Shadia and Lenore, accompanying them on their trip.
  • False Reassurance:
    Pam: You've smoked an amount of crack that will probably kill you in about 30 minutes.
    Jason: I just smoked crack?!
    Pam: Yea, but just like, A LOT!
    Jason: I just smoked crack...I JUST SMOKED CRACK!
  • Gag Penis: Dick wakes Jason up one morning by sticking his penis in his face.
  • Hands-On Approach: Dick flirts with a woman at the golf club by "teaching" her how to swing, just so he can have an excuse to get close to her.
  • Henpecked Husband: Jason is well on his way to becoming one due to Meredith being a Control Freak. Dick helps him come to his senses and break things off with Meredith at the end.
  • Humiliation Conga: Pretty much the entire first half of the movie is this to Jason. In particular, the party where he accidentally smokes crack and the aftermath the next day.
  • Intimate Lotion Application: Parodied. At the beach, Dick offers to run sunscreen on Lenore's back and she flirts back by telling him "Only if you do my front first". But then he just jokingly spills the sunscreen on her chest in an allusion to premature ejaculation.
    Dick: [after squeezing too much sun cream onto Lenore's chest] Whoops. That never usually happens.
    Lenore: [unfazed] Really? It happens to me all the time.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Dick treats Jason like shit and makes homophobic jokes towards Bradley. But he also ends up bonding with Jason during the trip and helps out Bradley when he's being accosted by gangsters.
  • Karma Houdini: Pam, who openly admits to selling drugs any time he is on screen and is last seen driving a police car that the police willingly gave to him, and Nick, Jason's stoner cousin who slept with his Jason's fiancée while he was with his grandfather.
  • Last Request: In an effort to get Jason to take him to Florida, Dick tells him that his wife said on her death bed, that you get back out there again, meaning bang another girl.
  • Likes Older Men: Lenore, up to eleven. While having foreplay with Dick, she asks him to say 'I can't find my glasses' and 'Buttons on remotes are too small'.
  • Manchild: Jason's obnoxious, drug-abusing cousin Nick. He actually pours beer on top of their grandmother's casket as a toast to her.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: After Jason wakes up on a beach wearing nothing but a Charlotte Hornets codpiece, a curious little kid tries to play with it and ends up ripping it off. When the kid's father sees the naked Jason near his kid, he obviously jumps to conclusions.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Jason has an extended sequence where he is completely naked with nothing but a stuffed bee covering his genitals.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Lenore is often played up for fanservice, thanks to her highly sexual attitude and wearing skimpy outs like short shorts and a tiny blue bikini.
  • Naked People Trapped Outside: After Jason's drug-crazed stupor, he wakes up naked on a beach, not knowing where he is. He soon gets Mistaken for Pedophile and arrested for public indecency.
  • Police Are Useless: The two cops who pick up Jason after the Mistaken for Pedophile incident above. Not only are they both colossal jerks, but they let Pam go multiple times, despite him constantly talking about how he has drugs, and after letting him off for being involved with the huge car chase at the end of the movie, they let him take their police car.
  • Quest for Sex: Dick intends for his trip to Florida to be this, seeing it as his last chance to feel young and free after his wife's passing, which he claimed her saying to get back out there again.
  • Parental Neglect: Dick says he was busy with work at the army all the time, so he never had time for his son, which is why Jason's father hates him. Dick plans his trip with Jason so he has a chance to make up by bonding with Jason.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": Dick easily unlocks Jason's phone by guessing his password is just his birthday.
  • Race for Your Love: After canceling his wedding, Jason gets Dick and Pam's help to quickly drive him to Shadia before she leaves the country.
  • Racist Grandma: Dick often snarks and insults Bradley for being gay and black.
  • Really Gets Around: Lenore is extremely promiscuous, often acting like The Tease and is even willing to sleep with an old guy like Dick, which naturally makes her Dick's primary target for his Quest for Sex. She mentions early on that having sex with a college professor (or any old guy, really) is a bucket list item of hers, since she wants to complete the trifecta of college guys. note 
  • Retired Badass: Dick is a veteran soldier, and shows off he still knows how to fight when he single-handedly beats up a crew of gangsters.
  • Rich Bitch: Meredith is a major Control Freak and seems to be from a pretty well-off family.
  • Scenery Censor: When Jason walks in on Dick masturbating, his crotch is blocked by the tissue box.
  • Second Love: Dick ends up marrying Lenore and having a son with her.
  • Sex Goddess: Lenore often brags about her sexual prowess, such as saying most men don't last long with her or claiming to Dick that she will fuck him so hard he'll die.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Dick has some very colorful, creative names for Jason, and the very effeminate car that Meredith loaned out to them.
  • Sleeps in the Nude: Dick sleeps naked, and does so while sharing a bed with Jason, who's obviously extremely uncomfortable. He insists it's the "best way to sleep" and that he learned it from locals in Uganda on his tour.
  • Straight Man: Jason is a serious, straight-laced guy, making him the perfect contrast for all the weirdos he interacts with throughout the film, mostly for Dick.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Dick puts drugs into Jason's drink at a party so he "loosens up".
  • The Tease: Lenore constantly flirts and insinuates herself to Dick, with her dialogue being filled with innuendo and Double Entendres.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Jason and Shadia are clearly attracted to each other, and have been apparently since their college days, but never got the chance to resolve. Their chance meeting on the road ends up with them rekindling, and they end up together after Jason's engagement falls apart.
  • Would Hit a Girl: One of the gang members threatens Shadia when she tries to stop them from jumping Bradley.