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the war with grandpa

REVIEWER: lyall carter

★★★

Upset that he has to share the room he loves with his grandfather, Peter decides to declare war in an attempt to get it back.

Peter is thrilled that Grandpa is coming to live with his family. That is, until Grandpa moves into Peter's room, forcing him upstairs into the creepy attic. And though he loves his grandpa he wants his room back - so he has no choice but to declare war.

With the help of his friends, Peter devises outrageous plans to make Grandpa surrender the room. But Grandpa is tougher than he looks. Rather than give in, Grandpa plans to get even.

 

The War with Grandpa does exactly what it says on the can. Family friendly, slapstick romp with enough to keep the adults entertained as well. What more could you want?

 

Although the initial premise doesn’t seem that family comedy friendly (Grandma dies - remember that’s the reason Grandpa had to come here in the first place) it soon descends into slapstick comedic moments that will have young and old chuckling away.

 

Even though the film has a slightly long running time for a kids film (a nearly chunky two and a half hours), there is still plenty to entertain here. While De Niro isn’t plumbing the emotional depths of characters as he did in Taxi Driver or Raging Bull, he is still completely believable here as the sweet but deadly (pranks wise) grandpa. 

 

The War with Grandpa does exactly what it says on the can. Family friendly, slapstick romp with enough to keep the adults entertained as well. What more could you want?

★★★

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The War with Grandpa is available on disc and digital from all good retailers.