Grandma’s Boy

Title: “Grandma’s Boy”

Year: 2006

Run Time: 94 mins

Genre: Comedy

Cast: Linda Cardellini, Allen Covert, Peter Dante, Shirley Jones, Shirley Knight, Joel Moore, Kevin Nealon, Dorris Roberts, Nick Swardson, Jonah Hill

Director: Nicholaus Goossen

Plot: When the elements of pot, video games, the 80’s theme and one crazy grandma all converge on the same place at the same time you know there can be only one possible outcome…and that’s one gut-busting, outrageous comedy.

Scoring a bag of weed, getting high and carrying the distinct title of being “the greatest video game player ever” are the three most important ambitions in life for 35 year old game tester Alex (Allen Covert). Life couldn’t be more perfect, that is until his roommate spends all of their rent money on Philippina hookers that he has sadly fallen in love with. Life for Alex is about to take a drastic change. Having played out all of his options, Alex is now forced to move in with his overly loving grandma (Doris Roberts) and her two roommates: sex extraordinaire Grace (Shirley Jones) and mentally challenged Bea (Shirley Knight). Despite being grateful, Alex is determined to keep the fact that he now has his grandma for a roomie, from his colleagues at work, by creating a mystic that he is now living every man’s fantasy by being surrounded by three sex crazed women at his new household. Already burdened by this challenge, Alex is about to face his biggest obstacle yet when arch nemesis video game creator J.P. (Joel Moore) infringes upon and steals Alex’s lifework that will surely land Alex into the genre of being considered a “video game prodigy”. With his back up against the wall, Alex seems to have no way to prove that he is the true creator of this video game masterpiece. But there is one person that nobody, not even Alex, considered to be able to come to his rescue. Who else would beckon the call of a grandson in distress? You guessed it…Grandma!!! And the world is about to see exactly why she is a force to be reckoned with.

At first glance, I have to admit that I thought that I would hate this movie because it had all of the elements of a typical comedy that uses the same played out jokes in a different fashion from the movies of the past. But after about 5 minutes of viewing it, I knew I was deadly wrong. What makes this movie a comedic hit is the fact that it contains scenes that are not only disturbingly and outrageously funny, but are totally original and unique in nature. To me, for a comedy to even be considered great, it has to contain at least one scene that will have such a profound effect on me that I will never forget that experience for the rest of my life. “Grandma’s Boy” definitely delivered this desired effect with a force of a megaton bomb! This is obtained in a scene in which Allen Covert’s character Alex cannot sleep (while sleeping over at his friend’s parent’s house) and comes to make a decision that there is only one solution to his insomnia. Now I’m not going to reveal Alex’s solution and ruin your movie experience, but I can guarantee you that after viewing this, your psyche will forever be changed as you laugh your booty off! It’s not only this one scene that carries the whole movie though, but instead, it’s the combination of multiple scenes that reveal comedy that are only unique and original to this movie. The beauty of this on scene comedy was the fact that some of the jokes were just so wrong, but there was no way to resist the extreme laughter coming from within.

The other element that made this a comedic hit was the genius behind using effective and memorable cameo’s of famous comedians throughout the movie. Appearances by such comedians as Rob Schneider (Yuri) and David Spade (Shiloh) brought an element and an extra dimension that this movie would not have obtained without them. When you see such famous comedians grace the screen with their presence, it gives you the added feeling that this isn’t just some cheaply done washed out type of a movie. Their presence also raises the level of laughter and hilariousness of the whole entire film. A great example of this is when Rob Schneider’s character Yuri is evicting Alex and his roommate from their house and he starts talking in a language I’ve never heard of before. I mean was that really even an actual language, or was he just improvising? Either way, I just couldn’t stop laughing when he was doing it. Classic Rob Schneider! Another gut-busting scene came when Alex and his colleagues were at a strange Vegan restaurant celebrating as they encountered the life loving waiter named Shiloh played by David Spade. Although a very small scene, Spade played his character in typical David Spade fashion…sarcastic and utterly hilarious! I mean I already loved this movie and found it to be outrageously funny, but with the addition of these famous cameo’s, I felt that “Grandma’s Boy” definitely was taken to a whole new level of comedy.

The Obvious: This is a movie that produces a whole new brand of characters and laughter to the movie screen. Because of it’s originality, “Grandma’s Boy” will be a movie that will forever be remembered as being one of the funniest movies ever made.

The Not So Obvious: I don’t think there is anything that isn’t obvious about this movie. This movie has nothing to hide. But what is obvious is that if you don’t find “Grandma’s Boy”  to be absolutely hilarious, you don’t have a funny bone in your body.

The Final Cut: “Grandma’s Boy” brings a fresh new type of comedy to the movie screen that has been long over due. I will warn the public that the type of jokes told in here are not meant for the typical wholesome human being, but instead are meant for people with a dark sense of humor. So if you fit that category, then this is the movie for you. “Grandma’s Boy” is filled with the type of humor that will leave you with a sore stomach just from laughing so long and so hard. It will also leave you wondering if you are a bad person just for laughing at those type of jokes. Either way, this movie will leave people with the sense that they have witnessed a piece of comedic genius captured on film.

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