Grandma’s Boy
How much weed do you have to smoke to make this happen?

Theatrical Release Date: 01/06/2006
Director: Nicholaus Goossen
Cast: Allen Covert, Linda Cardellini, Nick Swardson, Peter Dante

There really is no good way to say this so I’ll just spit it out … I liked “Grandma’s Boy”.

Stop laughing at me! And you in the back, stop throwing things at the monitor!

I know what this film looks like … it should have been some of the worst celluloid released in 2006. And due to its unsightly first impression, I stayed far, far away from the film.

The film comes from the production company of Adam Sandler and the film was written and stars many of the side characters from his films, dating from “Billy Madison” on up to his current work.

This was part of the reason I worried the film would go astray, since it seemed like Sandler was paying back his friends for their work on his big paydays.

However, I should have had faith that those actors have always created funny characters in those films and given them the benefit of the doubt.

What actually tipped the scales though was a friend of mine who said that it was actually very funny. After a short amount of time ridiculing her, she convinced me that her take on “Grandma’s Boy” was akin to my assertion that “Bubble Boy” was worth watching too.

Since there really was nothing to do but see for myself, I placed “Grandma’s Boy” in my rental queue and waited. Eventually, I had my answer.

Now I’m not saying this was the funniest movie of the year or that I could universally recommend it. But I know a lot of people that will end up as flabbergasted as myself after their own look at the film.

The story is that a mid-thirties game tester (Covert) gets kicked out of his apartment and has to live with his grandmother. A hot game executive comes to his company (Cardellini) and in the midst of marijuana-fueled hijinks and a monkey trained in martial arts, a whole lot of craziness goes down.

Sure, the story isn’t deep and there aren’t going to be any prizes from a Shakespeare film festival headed its way but I promise that “Grandma’s Boy” has some very funny moments.

Much of the humor falls into the gross-out category and even more humor is probably best described as “just plain wrong” … but I like that now and then.

As a self proclaimed nerd, that the film centers around a game development company only helps the actors create funny and zany characters that most of us have been making fun of for the last twenty years.

Should you still be shaking your head, or chanting for the cleansing of my soul, I understand. If I hadn’t seen it for myself, there’s no way I’d recommend the film.However, I did bite the bullet and I have no problems giving “Grandma’s Boy” a 3 out of 5.

There are plenty of issues from a story development and film making aspect that keep the film from deserving a higher rating, but I really found a lot to laugh at (in the way they intended me to) and I’m proud to add this DVD to my collection.

Go ahead and doubt me now but if you give it a shot, you’ll see what I mean.