The War With Grandpa makes you laugh but also reminds you about the importance of family and why there are no winners in a feud.
Peter isn’t happy when his grandfather, Ed, moves in to his room which leaves him sleeping in the attic. At the suggestion of a friend, Peter declares a prank war so that Ed will surrender and give him back his room. Despite initially ignoring the pranks and refusing to engage, Ed finally gives in to retaliating with pranks of his own (which I assume was to teach him a lesson) and that’s when the fun begins.
Reminiscent of the pranks we loved in the Home Alone films, you know there is another prank coming soon and while that is entertaining, the fact that it is happening between family members makes it a bit sad. Fear not, all the laughing you do helps you get over that fairly quickly. Well at least that was the case for me, especially during the dodge ball scene that literally had me laughing out loud. While there are some parts that are a bit much, that’s also what makes it funny.
At the root of it all, there is love.
They both love each other and while Ed continuously tries to remind Peter that there are no winners in war, Peter is a child that needs to learn the hard way, and he does (or does he?). Not only are there no winners, but it also affects the whole family, even when you sign a pact that it won’t. There are also a few other things you can learn from the film, things like trust is very important in a relationship and things can get out of control quickly.
As far as casting goes, they had an impressive cast. This movie features Robert De Niro (who seems to be doing these grandpa roles now), Christopher Walken, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Jane Seymour, Cheech Marin and Laura Marano. While they all did good in their roles. I felt that they could have done more with Rob Riggle’s character given how funny he is in real life.
Other than the oldest daughter sneaking her boyfriend into the house there is no mature content that you have to worry about. So, it is good for the kiddos BUT I would say it is good for the older kids so that they don’t get any ideas and try this stuff in your home.
The War With Grandpa is now in theaters and it is worth the watch.
The War With Grandpa is available now in theaters nationwide! You can find a list of theaters showing this movie at www.WarWithGrandpa.com
More about the film…
Sixth-grader Peter (Oakes Fegley) is pretty much your average kid-he likes gaming, hanging with his friends and his beloved pair of Air Jordans. But when his recently widowed grandfather Ed (Robert De Niro) moves in with Peter’s family, the boy is forced to give up his most prized possession of all, his bedroom. Unwilling to let such an injustice stand, Peter devises a series of increasingly elaborate pranks to drive out the interloper, but Grandpa Ed won’t go without a fight. Soon, the friendly combatants are engaged in an all-out war with side-splitting consequences. Based on the award-winning book by Robert Kimmel Smith, THE WAR WITH GRANDPA also stars Christopher Walken, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin, Laura Marano and Jane Seymour.