Grandma’s Boy (2006) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

Eternally juvenile video game developer (Allen Covert) is booted out of his apartment and forced to move in with his 1950’s era grandmother. All of the Adam Sandler role players are present in this goofy, and periodically raunchy comedy that features both a masturbation scene and a message that grandma’s are cool people too. Seriously funny throughout its entire running-time with a couple of winning preformances from it’s talented cast of comedians.

This script was once considered a potential Adam Sandler vehicle, instead he chose to make Click and left this to his production company (Happy Madison prod.) and best friends. While the main character is definitely a Sandler archetype Allen Covert makes the most out of his staring role. Not a particularly gifted physical comedian Covert does specialize in throwing around thinly veiled sarcastic comments with reckless abandon. His scenes are often very funny and unexpected since he has never really been a standout in past films. Nick Swardson appears as Covert’s best friend and co-worker. His dance-offs with the nerds in the corporate lunchroom are youtube sensations already. Also co-staring is a pre-Avatar Joel David Moore as JP the Matrix loving computer programmer that eventually steals Covert’s video-game idea.

This little comedy is short on big names but filled with big-time laughs. Unfortunately it was unfairly over-looked at the time of it’s theatrical release. Over the years it has become a cult-favorite on DVD and cable. Do yourself a favor next time your watching Talladega Nights for the hundredth time give Grandma’s Boy a look you won’t be disappointed.

Director: Nicholaus Goossen
Stars: Allen Covert, Linda Cardellini, Peter Dante.

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