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Grand Daddy Day Care is marvelous commentary on the elderly cloaked in a comedy

By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J.
A hilarious comedy for the whole family to enjoy, “Grand Daddy Day Care” arrives on DVD, Digital and On Demand February 5 from Revolution Studios, a subsidiary of Content Partners, and Universal 1440, the original content production arm of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
When Frank Collins (Reno Wilson) suffers from writer’s block, he decides to start a day care for his father-in-law (Danny Trejo) and other seniors as a way to make quick cash, while giving him time to still work on his next book.
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New Years goal: Start your own business, make some extra money– just like Frank Collins in “Grand Daddy Day Care.”

Eventually getting a small group to care for, Frank soon learns that these are not your typical seniors and they can’t be easily corralled. With a code enforcement officer challenging the legality of his business, and his senior charges getting into all kinds of trouble, Frank’s work days become anything but effortless. Featuring an all-star cast of TV’s greatest stars, “Grand Daddy Day Care” is a hilarious story for the young, and the young at heart.

Starring Danny Trejo and Reno Wilson, along with supporting cast members Barry BostwickLinda Gray, Julia Duffy, Alec Mapa, Garrett Morris, Margaret Avery, Roxana Ortega, Hal Linden and George Wendt, this film tackles senior issues, elder abuse, memory loss and isolation, all in a caring and hilarious fashion.
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Watch the legend himself Garrett Morris as a snappy, hilarious “Grand Daddy” in “Grand Daddy Day Care.”

“Grand Daddy Day Care” is directed by Ron Oliver and features an all-star lineup of veteran actors who bring this ensemble piece together under the leadership of Wilson, who has also starred in “Mike and Molly,” and who has no other choice when it is laid out so convincingly that seniors need somewhere to go during the day in order to remain active and productive.

He has been pressured by his wife and his recently-moved-in father-in-law Trejo, who plays Eduardo, to finish writing his next book, which has taken him five years. After Eduardo has company one day and Frank figures that other elders could use some place to hang out at all day—and more importantly—that seniors and/or their caretakers were willing to pay him big bucks to serve as a quasi babysitter for a day, he decides to keep it going by running a day care center for senior citizens.

The cast of characters, so to speak, includes an ex-ad man; who is hard of hearing; a couple who has a love-hate relationship; a former accountant and a two other lovely women—one played by Avery of “Being Mary Jane” and “The Color Purple” fame—and the other Gray of “Dallas” fame; among other lonely people, who are excited about the prospect of having somewhere to hang out throughout the day.
Frank needs the money, but discovers that he’s breaking all kinds of city codes, by running an unlicensed day care center. But he is triumphant, with the help of Eduardo, who is a former attorney, and others in the group who just want a place to call home while they are away from home.

“Grand Daddy Day Care” is available February 5 on DVD and Digital.

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Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is the Entertainment Editor for the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. She is also the author of “Old School Adventures from Englewood—South Side of Chicago.”

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