Bad Grandpa


Laboured and queasily tasteless comedy starring Johnny Knoxville Discuss this article

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In this laboured and queasily tasteless comedy, a heavily made-up Johnny Knoxville plays Irving Zisman, a recently widowed octogenarian with a newly unleashed lease of life. The plot, which sees Zisman tasked with transporting his young grandson cross-country to hand him over to his deadbeat father, is little more than an excuse to string together a series of one-note, crude set pieces punctuated with the Borat-lite reactions of understandably bemused (and secretly filmed) bystanders.

The appeal of the Jackass TV series – and its three spin-off films – was the narrative-free anarchy of grown men doing unspeakable things to themselves. In Bad Grandpa, there’s no shock value: the physical comedy is down to a minimum, replaced by a creaking humour almost as dated as Zisman himself. There are a couple of bawdy sight gags that hit the mark, although the outtakes in the end credits provide the film’s funniest moments. The cast and crew appear to have had a ball making it, at least.

By Ashley Clark
Time Out Doha,

Bad Grandpa

  • Duration: 94
  • Released: Thu, 14 Nov
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: English
  • Director: Jeff Tremaine
  • Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll, Zia Harris, Greg Harris, Georgina Cates, Kamber Hejlik, Grasie Mercedes

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