A Bizarre Robert De Niro Movie Is A Hit On Streaming

One of Hollywood’s top actors, Robert De Niro, has a film that is suddenly ranking very high on one of the top streaming sites out there.

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One of Hollywood’s top actors, Robert De Niro, has a film that is suddenly ranking very high on one of the top streaming sites out there. Dirty Grandpa, which De Niro starred in as Dick Kelly, is rising on the most watched charts on the popular streaming site, Hulu. De Niro has starred in countless films over the course of his career. He is known for his versatile acting, and has ability to take on serious roles, and also a few comedic ones. Dirty Grandpa was definitely one of De Niro’s comedic choices to partake in, and although the movie didn’t garner a large number of positive reviews, it is currently one of the most watched films on streaming.

Dirty Grandpa was released in 2016 and starred a few other notable celebrities. Zac Efron, who has been a heartthrob since his High School Musical days, played the role of Jason Kelly, Robert De Niro’s grandson. Aubrey Plaza plays Efron’s fiance and his boss’s daughter. The plot of the film follows Jason Kelly. The Zac Efron character is tricked into taking his grandfather to Florida during his spring break. De Niro’s character is known for his jokes, which range from light hearted to sometimes very crude. Other actors that starred in the film were Zoey Deutch and Julianne Hough. 

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The film was directed by British screenwriter and comedian, Dan Mazer, and written by John M. Phillips. The movie was distributed by Lionsgate with a budget estimated to be between $11-$25 million. The box office draw can be labeled as a success, bringing in a little over $100 million. With stars such as Robert De Niro and Zac Efron headlining the film, the movie was definitely able to draw in a large audience.

On the Rotten Tomatoes scale, the film has an audience score of 44%. On IMDb, the film is currently rated at 5.9. The critics’ response when the film was initially released was a bit mixed. Some viewers liked it because they are fans of Robert De Niro and were happy to see him take on a comedic role. On the other hand, other viewers thought the film was definitely one of De Niro’s worst films. It’s definitely something different for the actor, as Dirty Grandpa leans heavily into raunchy homor.

Robert De Niro has taken on a lot of serious, dramatic roles during his acting career in Hollywood. He appeared as the iconic young Vito Corleone in the Godfather franchise, winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance. He has also starred in Taxi Driver in 1976, where he has his very famous line of, “You talking to me?” De Niro was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for the film. He starred in the successful film Goodfellas in 1990, which was directed by the talented Martin Scorsese, a filmmaker he has worked with more than once.

In fact, Robert De Niro has a new movie coming out with Martin Scorsese soon. Killers Of The Flower Moon is an upcoming Scorsese project starring Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Brendan Fraser. It joins the long list of more dramatic roles in the prolific actor’s career. These are the parts that he is most well known for, even if he has made quite a mark in the world of comedy as well.

Dirty Grandpa isn’t Robert De Niro’s only comedic role that he has taken on. He has taken on lighter and less serious characters, like in films such as The Intern with Anne Hathaway and Silver Linings Playbook with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. Both of these movies employed both dramatic and comedic aspects. Meet the Parents was another comedic movie that De Niro was a part of. He starred alongside Ben Stiller and the film had critical success, which then led to a few additional sequels to the film.

Fans of Robert De Niro regularly find some of his past hits on streaming services. Another movie with Grandpa in the title was a hit just a few months ago. The War With Grandpa jumped high on the Netflix streaming charts some months ago. The film was also a comedic role that the actor played, and starred Uma Thurman, Jane Seymour and Christopher Walken.