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Grandma's Boy (2006)

DVD Cover (Twentieth Century Fox)
Genres:
Comedy, Gross-Out Comedy, Stoner Comedy
Director:
Nicholaus Goossen Nicholaus Goossen
Starring:
Linda Cardellini Linda Cardellini
Allen Covert Allen Covert
Peter Dante Peter Dante
Shirley Jones Shirley Jones
Shirley Knight Shirley Knight

6.3 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Crispy
Added: November 29, 2007
I'm not much of a fan of Adam Sandler, but even so I know that he has a certain posse of friends you can routinely expect to pop up in his movies. Allen Covert, Peter Dante, Jonathan Loughran and Rob Schneider are all a given. In Grandma's Boy, Adam takes a step behind the camera and gives his friends the spotlight, passing the star role to Covert as stoner and video game tester Alex.

Alex works at the company Brainasium. Running the show are Matrix wannabe J.P. (Joel Moore) and hippy Mr. Cheezle (Kevin Nealon). J.P. is something of a video game prodigy, single handedly modeling and programming the smash hit Eternal Death Slayer when he was only thirteen years old. He never went to school, instead devoting his life entirely to video games. Needless to say, he's both insanely socially inept, and has a huge ego. He also has a weird ass habit of pretending to be a robot, something his testers frequently give him shit about. They're currently working on Eternal Death Slayer 3, which is running horribly behind schedule. In order to get the game back on track, Mr. Cheezle hires Samantha (Linda Cardellini), an efficiency expert who immediately catches the eye of both J.P. and Alex. Alex has some problems of his own though. He was recently evicted from his apartment after his roommate spent the last six months spending the rent money on hookers, and was forced to move in with his grandmother (Doris Roberts) and her two elderly roommates. The movie focuses mostly on weed jokes, Alex's dealing with his new housemates, J.P. being weird, Samantha trying to get the team in gear, and more weed jokes.

Basically, saying that all the comedy found here is of the off-color variety would be the understatement of the century. We have jokes about weed, farts, penises, sex, and not too much else. Sure, there's a few gags about Alex's 'fish-out-of-water' situation thrown in there, but those are far and few between. Very simple movie here, but then it did what it set out to do, and it's not like this movie was really trying to accomplish anything story-wise anyway.

Cast-wise, everyone's performance was surprisingly well done. Highlights include Peter Dante as the huge stoner, Joel Moore's take on J.P. and his egomaniacal geekiness, and finally Doris Roberts. I'd say hands down that Roberts stole the show in every scene she was in, especially during the party scene. Plus, I have to give a mention to Abdoulaye N'Gom as the tribal witch doctor that Dante befriends. That character had me laughing out loud more than once.

Going into this, I had extremely low hopes for it. As it turned out, the movie was leagues better than I was expecting, but it's still not a comedic goldmine. If you're a fan of immature wisecracks and pot jokes, you'll probably enjoy this, but it's nothing I'd go out of my way to hunt down. 6/10.
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Tristan #1: Tristan - added 11/29/2007, 12:45 AM
I despised this movie. This kind of comedy has been dead for years, and they keep trying to revive it with trash like this. 0/10
grain of sand #2: grain of sand - added 11/29/2007, 03:55 PM
I love marijuana, but this was not funny.. some jokes from this actually made me feel stupid for sticking through it..

1/10
for that great pair of breasts you see
Edd #3: Edd - added 04/29/2008, 01:40 PM
I really didn't mind it. It had it's good parts and bad parts. I was suprised to see the fat kid from all the Judd Apatow flicks in it. 8/10
Griffinheart #4: Griffinheart - added 12/27/2008, 02:01 AM
This movie wasn't too bad. In fact, it coasted by without ever really rising above or sinking below "OK". It feels like a 7.5/10 to me.
Optimus Prime #5: Optimus Prime - added 01/28/2009, 11:26 AM
Nick Swardson saved this movie. 5/10
Rest Easy Soul #6: Rest Easy Soul - added 07/25/2010, 11:06 AM
I like this movie. It's funny but it does start to lose it's flare after multiple viewings. Swardson was epic. also how can anyone forget the line "I'll go to the looney bin with you I don't give a fuck!" that line alone saved this movie.
Lucid Dreams #7: Lucid Dreams - added 11/22/2010, 03:36 AM
Nick Swardson is a fucking tool, but he was alright in here. 5/10
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