My family was given the opportunity to view an early screener of The War With Grandpa for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a whirlwind and nothing any of us expected. Our family has missed spending time at our local movie theater. Watching movies is something we have all bonded over for years. Just in time for the world to start slowly opening back up, The War With Grandpa opened in theaters this weekend.
This movie was the family laughter we all needed during this pandemic. Although our whole family laughed non-stop at the film, my kids are old enough to not need a disclaimer of “kids, don’t try this at home“. Often you see a trailer for a comedy and majority of the funny scenes are already spoiled. That isn’t the case with The War With Grandpa. There was plenty more shenanigans during the entire movie. Some a little extreme and more than one so far-fetched I don’t believe it could happen in real life. The scenes were over dramatized for comedic effect and it worked.
One of my favorite parts during the movie is when they declare war by sitting down and discussing rules, one of which is to not tattle to the parents. I felt like that was an unique situation because you think the first instinct would be to tell mom and dad.
There were a lot of lessons taught during this movie, besides how to laugh. Even though Peter was fighting to get his room back from Grandpa Ed, they were still able to enjoy a day fishing on the lake together. They were not actually mad at one another and the pranks were more fun than mean. Peter wasn’t the only one learning valuable lessons during the movie. Grandpa Ed, both of Peter’s parents and his siblings also played a role of maturing during the progression of the film. Everyone gained some better family values throughout the plot.
One takeaway I reminded my kids of after watching The War With Grandpa is when you play pranks, you can never be trusted. It was pretty funny to see how often Peter and his grandfather were suspicious of one another even when a prank wasn’t taking place.
By the way, am I the only one that feels old watching Robert De Niro play a grandfather?
I do suggest watching this light-hearted comedy with the family. It was the laughter we all needed during these crazy times.