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Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2020
I love the actors and I loved the movie! It's always great to see Robert De Niro. He does comedy as well as he does ruthless. A rare Uma Thurman siting along with Jane Seymour, Christopher Walken and Cheech! What a cast....and the child actors are great, too! I haven't laughed this much watching a movie in a long time!
The War with Grandpa is a cheesier family movie with some adult jokes here and there that make it worthy of a watch at some point. I’m not sorry I rented it, but wouldn’t have been happy purchasing it as I will not watch it again. Could it be better? Yes. Could it be worse? Yes. It’s a movie most families can relate to on multiple levels. 3 stars.
What’s it about? Grandpa (De Niro) moves in with his daughter Sally’s (Thurman) family after a couple events raise concerns as he’s been living on his own since his wife’s passing. The son, Peter (Fegley), is told his room is now Grandpa’s and the attic is his due to Grandpa’s needs. Needless to say, he is not a happy camper and complains to his friends at school. His friends tell him he has rights, thus starting the beginning of the war. Grandpa finds a note declaring war but doesn’t take it sincerely at first. After a couple of incidences, Grandpa realizes Peter is serious and it’s game on. They play various pranks on each other, create a rule of engagement list, engage in peace talks, and even try a dodge ball game to end the war. Throughout the war, they both make it clear they love each other and spend some time together fishing. Eventually the war hits a boiling point at Jennifer’s birthday party. There’s a couple back stories with Grandpa’s friends (Walken, Marin) and potential love interest (Seymour), the older sister Mia(Marano), the father Arthur (Riggle), and school friends. It is left open for a sequel. As credits roll we see a little behind-the-scenes action (singing, dancing, bloopers). There’s some stereotypical old people stuff thrown in and feels a bit disjointed at times. The cast was OK, nothing to write home about.
Parental guidance/trigger warnings: Peter tells friends at school he lives in North Korea at one point (is part of a joke), bullying in school (one kid likes to dump food on or in bags of other kids), older teenage sister has boy in house when no one is home (doesn’t show what they are doing, breaks the rules of not being home alone with a boy), De Niro’s butt is shown halfway once and twice it’s indicated he’s naked and flashing Arthur due to a prank of Peter’s (no nudity shown), Peter and Grandpa run away from DNR when fishing (they didn’t know there was no fishing in the lake and were breaking the law), the mom acts like she is going to punch the teenage daughters boyfriend but then gives him a helping hand up as he’s laying on the ground from when she tackled him, when Grandpa and his friends are walking one of the friends ogles multiple women who are jogging, yelling during the peace talks (according to the sister), the death of Grandpa’s wife but it is never said why or discussed in detail. Language used: hell x2.
Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2020
This was a funny movie that you can watch with anybody. All ages should like it. Deniro cracks me up. I don’t think there was any sweating and the story was entertaining. I recommend this movie. Too funny.
Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2020
Comedy and it's okay to watch with the whole family. An All-star cast! All good actors but a few names will pop right out like , Robert Anthony De Niro who plays Ed , Uma Karuna Thurman who plays Sally, Cheech Marin, Christopher Walken and Eugene Levy. This movie is a great comedy with tons of very good comedians and actors doing what they do best! It's no mystery why the comedy of the movie itself plays so well without feeling like it was faked. This movie gave me a lot of true LOL moments.
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2020
We watched this movie on Christmas Eve as a special treat, creating new memories this year during the pandemic. We loved it so much we watched it again the next day. There are some parts that I don't care for, the bully part and the dumpster part but otherwise it is just good clean fun of pranks being pulled between the grandson and grandpa. We read the book first and although there are not many similarities between the pranks in the movie and the book, we completely enjoyed both!