A Feud Fuelled by Pranks
By Nirupa Mohan Dore
Ceylon Today features
The family comedy film, The War with Grandpa, released recently with the tagline ‘All he wanted was his room back.’ The feature film adaptation based on the novel of the same name by Robert Kimmel Smith, is currently making its way to cinemas around the world.
The film stars Robert De Niro, in the lead as Ed Marino, a retired builder and grandfather, whose daughter Sally Marino-Decker, played by Uma Thurman, insists that he moves in with her and her family, which includes her husband, Arthur Decker, played by Rob Riggle, and children, Mia, Peter, and Jenny Decker, played by Laura Marano, Oakes Fegley and Poppy Gagnon.
The storyline unfolds when Ed moves into his grandson Peter’s room, which results in Peter having to move into the attic, making him instantly frustrated. In retaliation, Peter declares war with his grandpa, wanting his room back, which results in a series of dramatic pranks that are sure to keep viewers entertained. It has been a while since we saw a film with this many pranks, suitable for the entire family. It is certainly one that many will enjoy, given its light-hearted nature, supported by their reasonable rules of engagement for the war, agreed into, by both Grandpa Ed and Peter. Things escalate with Peter determined to get his room back, one way or another, with decisive pranks, but Ed, does not back down, which makes it an entertaining war between the duo, that is sure to provide the film’s audience with a few laughs.
The film also stars Jane Seymour, Christopher Walken and Cheech Marin, alongside the lead cast, with each member doing their part to add value to the script, to give it an extra bit of entertainment quality. The comedy fuelled core plot is driven by dialogue that is in-line with the creative direction of the prank based war, that focuses on delivering pure drama at every turn.
The 94-minute film by director Tim Hill, made together with producers Phillip Glasser, Marvin Peart and Rosa Morris Peart, working in collaboration with production companies Sigh Films, Tri-G Films, Marro Films, EFO Films, The Fyzz Facility, and West Madison Entertainment, was made with a budget of 38 million dollars. The film managed to easily earn over 36 million dollars, with releases expected ahead, in the coming months in several countries. Meanwhile, the film received low ratings, with 29 per cent featured on Rotten Tomatoes, 34 per cent on Metacritic and a moderate 5.6/10 on IMDb, supported by mixed reviews. Those who watched it, either loved it, or absolutely hated it, making it a film that is suitable for those who enjoy light-hearted drama, that pokes fun at everyday life, without taking itself seriously.
This is a fun movie that the entire family, both young and old, can come together, to enjoy, while appreciating their grandparents along the way. The War with Grandpa is an easy to watch, straight forward, old school comedy drama, that delivers humour at every turn, making it a film the whole family will appreciate.