Ty is a 65-year-old retired grandfather, and he is passionate about running. He is also passionate about praying for his estranged daughter, whom he has not heard from in nearly twenty years. Therefore, when he suddenly hears from her one day, he is overjoyed. She reaches out to him for financial help, so he agrees to move in with her and her teenage children to help be a father figure for them. However, they are skeptical of Ty at first; will they be able to come around and trust God?
Production Quality (1 point)
Its small budget aside, In Gramps’ Shoes has an unacceptably poor production. While video quality is fine, the camera work is too stationary, and audio quality is very static and low quality, especially with the terrible outside sounds. The soundtrack is very generic and almost non-existent. Further, the indoor sets are fairly cheap and limited, even though the outdoor locations are okay. Finally, there is basically no editing present in this production. Essentially, though this production was relatively simple, it’s still low quality for no good reason.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
Basing a movie around an annoyingly perfect Christian protagonist who fixes everything he touches is never a winning formula for a movie, but that’s what In Gramps’ Shoes has done. This is done through very obvious and forceful dialogue that shoves cheesy messaging down your throat, even though the storyline is very vague and meandering without any clear purpose or direction except to force good-ole-days fundamentalism on you. The non-Christian characters are total strawmen, and the Christian message is very trite. Too many sequences of this film are just characters sitting around talking about what their characters are supposed to represent rather than using the dialogue to develop the characters. At that, this film is far too long to have no substantial content or ideas contained within it. Thus, it’s basically a complete waste of time.
Acting Quality (.5 point)
Full of typical Rossetti cast members, this group acts very robotic and overly practiced a majority of the time. Some cast members are downright annoying, and there is a lot of poor teen acting throughout. There are some slightly positive moments that keep this section from being zero, but on the whole, like the rest of this film, it’s all very low quality.
It seems like the only purpose of awful films like this one is to push an unpopular message or personal agenda. We apparently needed another movie like this, so here it is. In the more modern era of Christian entertainment, low-quality films like this one are unacceptable and mostly unwelcome, unless they have a really good plot to share, which is certainly not the case with this film. Thus, In Gramps’ Shoes should be forgotten.
Final Rating: 1.5 out of 10 points