Grandpa | Chicago Reader


This no-budget mockumentary video has a lot going on despite its crude production values, uneven acting, and harsh humor. Two friends decide to chauffeur an elderly drunk, referred to as Grandpa, to a hotel where he engaged in some legendary debauches (one tale has him taking on five prostitutes in a single night). Bill Tyree is both comical and pathetic as the title character, and writer-director Giuseppe Andrews (whose Trailer Town screened as part of the 2003 festival) intentionally blurs the line between scripted dialogue and the incoherent ramblings of an old boozer. The video's biting misanthropy and humiliation are clearly influenced by Charles Bukowski, though this lacks his singularly pungent context. 85 min.

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