The War with Grandpa, starring Robert De Niro, is the first new family-friendly comedy to roll into theaters since Covid started. Is The War with Grandpa kid friendly? Rated PG for language, rude humor, and De Niro without pants on, The War with Grandpa is generally ok for kids. Here’s what parents need to know in this The War with Grandpa Parents Guide.
Is The War with Grandpa Kid Friendly?
Robert De Niro plays grandpa Ed who moves in with his daughter’s (Uma Thurman) family after losing his wife. Peter (Oakes Fegley), is Ed’s 12-year old grandson and begins feuding with his grandfather after he takes his room, thus resulting in Peter moving to the attic. Not happy about this, Peter starts a war with his Grandpa and the hijinks and pranks ensue. It’s all just fun and games until someone gets hurt.
There are a few bad words in The War with Grandpa like damn, a–, and hells yeah. There are other phrases to watch for with little ones like “shut up,” “boobies,” and “nutsies.”
Overall, The War with Grandpa is ok for kids ages 8 and up, but be careful of sensitive topics like death and bullying. There is also bathroom humor about farts and diarrhea. Also a teenage girl gets attitude with her mother and is caught making out with her boyfriend. In one scene Robert De Niro is caught with his pants down, but his shirt mostly covers his rear end.
There are some emotional scenes when talking about the death of a loved one and also making fun of the elderly.
Is The War with Grandpa Appropriate For Kids Under 8?
The War with Grandpa is a fun, family-friendly comedy that is lighthearted enough to enjoy in the theaters. Some parts are ridiculous and silly and even made me roll my eyes hard. However, it’s a great way to get back into the theaters with family for those who are comfortable venturing out.
I’d recommend The War with Grandpa for ages 8 and up. Some kids that are younger may enjoy it due to some juvenile humor and physical comedy. The pranks that Ed and Peter play on each other can be very funny. However, at times, you ask yourself, why is Peter being so mean to his grandfather?
Ed’s friends (Jane Seymour, Cheech Marin, and Christopher Walken) all add extra layers of predictable humor, but can still pull off laughs from the younger crowd. The dodgeball scene and Christmas birthday party were big hits with my family.
Sure the cheesiness may be overkill at times, but good gracious, we all once revered Tiger King. That was a low point in Covid. The War with Grandpa is a touching, funny story that will help you forget the Coronavirus junk we subjected ourselves to watch in our homes when we couldn’t leave at all.