Why watch this film?
Although he is one of the biggest names in cinema, with works like The Godfather Part II and The Irishman, Robert De Niro also likes to do low-key comedies. Some of them really work well, such as Analyze This and Meet The Parents, while others are simply laughable from a filmmaking perspective, like Dirty Grandpa. As for the comedy About My Father, which thematically comes closest to Dirty Grandpa, it lands somewhere in between: it's not absolutely hilarious but not an absolute disaster either. Not only is De Niro hilariously onscreen as an Italian-American dad who just can't get along with his son (Sebastian Maniscalco, who also wrote the movie). Some situations are too exaggerated, losing the comedic timing, but others work wonderfully and remind us of the dry embarrassment of Analyze This. It's not De Niro's best effort, but there's still room for some fun.
When Sebastian tells his old-school Italian immigrant father Salvo that he is going to propose to his all-American girlfriend, Salvo insists on crashing a weekend with her tony parents.
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