THE WAR WITH GRANDPA review – a feel good comedy with pranks


MPAA Rating: PG
Director and Writer: 
Tim Hill
Starring: Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Oakes Fegley, Laura Marano, Cheech Marin, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Walken
Movie length: 1 hour 34 minutes

SYNOPSIS: 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 is a hilarious family comedy featuring an all-star supporting cast: Christopher Walken, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin, Laura Marano and Jane Seymour.

What Dan thought: I have to say from the trailer it looked like it would be strictly a comedy, and while it does have a lot of great comedic moments it also is a good family movie. The cast the filmmakers got was tremendous with De Niro once again in a (mostly) comedic role playing off his grandson/nemesis Oakes Fegley. The supporting cast including Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Christopher Walken, Cheech Marin, Laura Marano, and Jane Seymour were all used sparingly but terrific when they were on screen.

The movie won’t win any awards, but it it good comedy with a good message about family, and lots of pranks as grandfather and grandson square off over control of the grandson’s bedroom.

Dan’s Grade:  B. Has a lot of laughs, but the conclusion of the movie felt too abrupt to me.

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THE WAR WITH GRANDPA will be released on October 9th 2020.


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