Movie Review: The War with Grandpa

Peter and his grandpa used to be very close, but when Grandpa Jack moves in with the family, Peter is forced to give up his most prized possession: his bedroom. Reviewed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM)

Full review see  The War With Granpa (ACCM)

Rated PG ‧ 2020 ‧ Comedy ‧ 1h 38m

Now showing in select cinemas. Check your local guides.

At A Glance

The War with Grandpa is a silly slapstick comedy that will give 8 to 13-year-olds a giggle. However, parental guidance is recommended for this age group as there is a lot of slapstick violence and pranks which in real life could potentially cause severe injury or death but seem to have very mild consequences in this film.

The main messages from this movie are that war is not something to be glorified and it only brings misery; and that different generations have much to offer each other.

Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • Playing by the rules.
  • Learning to make sacrifices for the good of others.
  • Learning to compromise.
  • Standing up to bullies.

This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:

  • Why War should never be glorified.
  • What different generations can offer one another.
  • The real-life consequences of playing pranks and practical jokes that hurt or injure others.