by Chip Street and Sean Meehan
© All Rights Reserved
Grampa thinks he’s a TV superhero, and drags his grandson on a cross-country road trip to confront his imaginary arch enemy… accidentally thwarting crimes along the way and fast becoming a folk hero.
What’s worse for a 13-year-old boy than missing out on a family trip to sunny Florida? Getting stuck at home in snowy Chicago with his Grampa, who doesn’t have a TV, and seems fixated on Yoo Hoo. For starters.
For Jesse, things look pretty bleak, until he stumbles across a box of Grampa’s junk and discovers that the old man used to be the star of the 1950’s television serial “Captain Liberty”.
Things get crazy when this revelation triggers confusion for Grampa, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy, and bringing Captain Liberty back to life. With Grampa determined to save the world, Jesse has little choice but to join him in his 1959 Cadillac “Liberty-Mobile” for a cross-country road trip to confront Captain Liberty’s arch-nemesis Baron Mind… in Hollywood.
Enter Joe and Daniel, a pair of bumbling highwaymen hoping to rob their way across the country to a life of wealth and ease on the West Coast. Finding themselves constantly hindered by the accidental interventions of Grampa and Jesse, their plans dissolve in an ever escalating series of misadventures, and Joe is left obsessed with putting an end to Grampa.
As stories of the thwarted crimes appear, ambitious reporter Zach Flynn sees a golden opportunity to exploit Grampa’s history as Captain Liberty. Aided by the vast resources of his network conglomerate and its opportunistic CEO, Zach transforms the pair into folk heroes who, if handled correctly, could mean millions in branding and merchandising. Which means, of course, that the legend grows faster and bigger than anyone imagined.
Unaware of their new found fame, Jesse and Grampa cruise toward California on the back roads. Along the way Grampa’s home-spun wisdom and innate decency soften Jesse’s shell, giving him a new understanding of the true meaning of family and honor.
SWAT Teams, soldiers, throngs of fans, a terrible porta-potty mishap. and a taser are just a part of the recipe when worried parents, ruthless robbers and corporate interests collide and Jesse and Grampa finally confront the dreaded Baron Mind on the steps of L.A.’s Griffith Observatory.
Like a cross between Home Alone and Wild Hogs, this family adventure offers up reflections on inter-generational relationships, pride, and honor, tweenager romance, porta-potties as transportation and a few good fart jokes. Grampa Was A Superhero is silly enough for the kids, yet still maintains real heart and a touching subplot that resonates with parents and grandparents alike.