Director: Nicholause Goossen
Writer: Barry Wernick, Allen Covert
Starring: Allen Covert, Linda Cardellini, Shirley Jones
How I watched It: iTunes Purchase
Review By: Griff
Sometimes I just have to disagree with the critics. Once in awhile a movie comes along that gets pretty universally panned but turns out to be one of the most enjoyable films I have seen in a long time. Thankfully I chose to ignore the critics when I sat down to watch Grandmas Boy.
Allen Covert plays Alex a 30 something video game tester who is down on his luck. He has been kicked out of his apartment after he discovers that his roommate has been spending all of their rent money at a massage parlor. He hits up his friend Jeff (Nick Swardson) for a place to stay but gets thrown out after an embarrassing masturbation incident. With no where else to go, Alex moves in with his Grandmother who lives with two older roommates.
Of course there is more to Alex than meets the eye. He hopes to one day become a game designer instead of a tester and he has been secretly working on a game of his own. Also in the mix is J.P., (Joel David Moore in his finest on screen performance to date.) He is superstar game designer at the company Alex at. J.P. and Alex do not get along. J.P. is jealous of Alex’s popularity in the office and they are both vying for the affections of the new girl in the office. J.P. finds out about the game that Alex is making and tries to claim it for his own. Unfortunately for Alex, he has kept the game he was making a secret so he has no way to prove that he made the game. No one that is, Except for Grandma…
Grandma’s Boy is one of those rare films that just seemed to hit me squarely in my funny bone. It just fit perfectly with my sense of humor. After I saw this for the first time several years ago I started begging my friends to watch it. It’s been one of those movies that we quote all the time ever since. I suppose it helps that I am an IT guy and avid video game player but I think just about anyone will find this one hysterical.
This is a Happy Madison production so you are going to find the usual cast of characters from most of the Adam Sandler movies. What you won’t find thankfully, is Adam Sandler. The remaining crew does a great job and Allen Covert is great as Alex. I know its not saying much but this is the best performance I have seen from Nick Swardson as well, and he was perfectly cast. There is also an early appearance from Jonah Hill in a small role.
Is this the greatest comedy ever made? No. There are definitely some joke that fall a bit flat and some painful moments but overall Grandma’s Boy is a ton of fun to watch. If you want to just have some and check out a movie that doesn’t take itself seriously at all then give Grandma’s Boy a try. I give it 2.5 Guys. Don’t judge me monkey!