The best part of getting old is no longer caring what anybody thinks. Curmudgeons shocks and pleases in this potty-mouthed, but endearing, comedic short film.

The best part of getting old is no longer caring what anybody thinks. Eighty years-old and in assisted living, Ralph Pajovic is involved in a relationship that makes his family anxious. On a crisp Winter day, his unlucky-in-love granddaughter comes for what seems like an ordinary visit. A curmudgeon by nature, Ralph can’t possibly predict the surprise she has in store for him.

Danny DeVito came across the story of Curmudgeons while attending a night of one-act plays at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York, where his daughter Lucy was an acting member. His longtime friend David Margulies happened to star in that one-act, and DeVito and his daughter left the theater immediately wanting to turn it into a short film. But it wasn’t until his son Jake rounded up the whole team that they were able to move forward. In the end, the play’s writer Joshua Conkel adapted it for the screen, Margulies reprised his role, Lucy DeVito stepped in to play his granddaughter, and Danny DeVito took on the roles of director and co-star.


  • Ralph… David Margulies
  • Jackie… Danny DeVito
  • Robin… Lucy DeVito
  • Daniela… Sarah Nina Hayon
  • Brant… Kett Turton
  • Director and Producer… Danny DeVito
  • Writer and Co-Producer by… Joshua Conkel
  • Producer… Jake DeVito
  • Producer… Lucy DeVito
  • Cinematographer… Łukasz Bielan


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