" Reel Reviews: ‘The War with Grandpa’ filled with childish gags, plenty of adult-geared jokes" by: Jessica Shepard

   In lieu of something spooky this week, I decided to be one of the first few people to catch “The War with Grandpa” because the trailer seemed promising.
   Plus, I’m down to watch anything that pits adults against kids if it features pranks and traps.
   I’m always fondly remembering the first two movies in the “Home Alone” series and a little bit of “National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.”
   The promise of a prank war also stirs up a bit of childhood nostalgia.
   Except for me, it was my sister and I versus my brother – and definitely not fair but totally hilarious!
      The War with Grandpa is an American family comedy film directed by Tim Hill, from a screenplay by Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember, based upon the novel of the same name by Robert Kimmel Smith.
   It stars Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Oakes Fegley, Laura Marano, Cheech Marin, Jane Seymour, Laura Marano, Poppy Gagnon, and Christopher Walken.
   War is rated PG for rude humor, language, and some thematic elements and runs a total of 94 minutes long.
   The film opens with Ed (De Niro) shopping at a grocery store and finding out that modernization has taken away his favorite cashier and created a stressful situation.
   Ed gets easily frustrated with the self-checkout technology and just grabs his bagged items and walks out the door.
   Ed gets stopped by a store employee and takes a tumble to the ground while fighting back.
   This scene happens just outside the store entrance and many more senior citizens pile on to argue with and pelt the employee with grocery items.
   With a sprained knee, Ed is stuck sitting in his favorite armchair at home when his daughter Sally, (Thurman) drops by to check on him and get his mail since “someone” ran over his mailbox.
   We’re treated to a scene of Ed being the culprit of his own missing mailbox.
   Sally reminds him that his license is expired and he shouldn’t be driving, which leads to that common and often terrifying discussion about how to handle senior care.
   Naturally, Ed protests leaving his home to be put into a senior care facility which prompts Sally to offer him a room at her own home.
   That gives way to the next scene where Sally and her husband Arthur (Riggle) are moving their son Peter (Fley) out of his current bedroom into the attic.
   Peter’s old room will become Ed’s as soon as he moves in and while Peter complains and throws a tantrum, Sally reminds him that it’s better for him to have the whole attic rather than share like his sisters Mia (Marano) and Jennifer (Gagnon).
   This leads to a declaration of war between Peter and his grandfather and the two sit down to discuss terms of war.
   Ed tries to warn Peter that going to war isn’t all fun and games and could lead to pain and suffering, but, like all teenagers, Peter wants to prove his point and win.
   All in all, the movie ends on a happy high note, despite the prank war that nearly breaks the family completely apart.

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