x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

A film that will appeal only to those who need their cinema shocking and coarse.

Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll in Bad Grandpa. Sean Cliver / AP Photo / Paramount Pictures
Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll in Bad Grandpa. Sean Cliver / AP Photo / Paramount Pictures

Bad Grandpa Director: Jeff Tremaine Starring: ­Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll **

Bad Grandpa follows the lewd octogenarian Irving (Johnny Knoxville) in a calamity-filled voyage across America with his innocent grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll). A combination of scripted segments and embarrassing stunts carried out on an unsuspecting public make the film cringeworthy viewing. Any enjoyment comes from the charisma of both Knoxville and Nicoll, who take a thin premise and make it watchable through a charming, if unusual, chemistry. The novelty of Knoxville’s reality TV series Jackass, on which this film is based, waned long ago, but while it is not the shambles it could have been, you have to wonder why this particular spin-off was chosen.

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