Grandma’s Boy (2006) — The leftovers of Adam Sandler comedies

“I’m thinking about getting metal legs. It’s a risky operation, but it’ll be worth it.”

Justin’s rating: True story — there was a time in my life I tried to get people to call me “J.D.” instead of Justin. Obviously took well.

Justin’s review: [Rodney Dangerfield on] Listen, video gamers don’t get no respect. No respect at all! [Dude, you don’t really even like Rodney, so why are you doing this?] [I couldn’t think of a better way of starting this review, so shut it!] [Oh, I didn’t know I was going to be present for a whine tasting.] [Grr…]

Anyway, it’s true. It’s a twisted turn of our society that grown men watching other overweight grown men grunt over a misshapen ball every Sunday afternoon is seen to be acceptable and not at all weird, the hobby of millions of video gamers is still the snickering asides of many. Face it: video games, and gamers, are here to stay, and we’ve taken over the world. Join us, or move out of the way, grandma.

Er. I guess grandma’s joined us.

Filmed with the leftover remnants of Adam Sandler’s movies, Grandma’s Boy scoops up the many cameos and life-long Sandler buddies to tell the story of a video gamer, his grandma, and a whole lot of weed. I could’ve done without the hour-long presentation on “Why reefers are cool and why any self-respecting comedy needs to feature people lighting up nowadays,” but the rest is surprising gold.

Alex (Allen Covert) is a mid-30s amiable dude who seems to have the ideal bachelor life: He plays games at home, and then goes to work and gets paid to do the same. Sure, the top video game programmer J.P. (Joel Moore) lives in a fantasy world of his own trappings and Alex’s boss (Kevin Nealon) is a hippie, but Alex is a king in his own right. That is, until he gets booted from his house for failing to pay rent and has to go live with his grandma (Everyone Loves Raymond’s Doris Roberts) and her two elderly roommates.

Watching this movie, I couldn’t help but feel the invisible strings of Adam Sandler manipulating this whole endeavor. Not only is this put out by Happy Madison Productions, but every other character in this film has played various cameo roles in Sandler’s films (although I expected Sandler to appear for a cameo as well… but nothing doing). Grandma’s Boy even has the off-kilter crazyness of a Sandler flick — 25% funny, 50% weird, and 24% gross. The 1% is for love, baby. I suppose all this is a good thing; The movie never gets too wildly offensive, nor does it get mean or depressing. The good guys get to make jokes and come out on top, and the nemesis is foiled by a whip-smart senior citizen.

Aside from a mid-movie party scene that goes on for about two hours too long (perhaps because I was watching the unrated version of the film), Grandma’s Boy stays snappy and fun the whole way through. The grandma in question is a hoot (particularly what she does to Alex on his first night), J.P. gets to be hysterically dorky (we’ve ALL known people like this), and video games aren’t treated as a joke, but as a matter-of-fact part of life. If I were prone to puns – and I am – I’d say to click [SECOND PLAYER START] and join in the fun.

Didja notice?

  • Kung Fu Monkey. Yes.
  • Lions don’t work well for home security.
  • People 100 years old don’t have microwaves.
  • That frog game for Atari 2600! No, not Frogger, the other one!

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