Movie Title: Grandma’s Boy
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. and 34 min.
Who did I watch with?: Stephie
Where did I watch it?: Home
I came into Grandma’s Boy with expectations that were probably way too high (pun intended.) Stephie and J.R. love this movie and quote it so regularly that I already knew pretty much every joke in the movie. Unfortunately, the jokes are better out of context than in the actual movie. The problem with the movie is that it tries to operate on full humor mode for 100% of its running time and a lot of it just isn’t that funny.
The story centers around video game tester Alex (Allen Covert) his work environment and his home life. Recently evicted from his apartment, he is forced to move in with his grandmother and two of her room mates. He works with a bunch of post-adolescent children that behave in the most immature ways possible including a pre-fame Jonah Hill. He is employed by a bizarre genius that wants to be a robot and dresses like he’s Neo from The Matrix.
Dante (Peter Dante) is by far the best part of the movie. He sells marijuana out of his house where he lives with an aboriginal tribesman and…a lion. It’s great and by far the funniest part of the movie. Jeff (Nick Swardson) has a few hilarious moments, but is often too juvenile to be funny. Joel David Moore is not funny at all as the visionary genius aside from his metal legs joke, which is great. The old ladies that lead character Alex live with are funny at times and Alex is occasionally funny though sometimes it seems like he is trying to play the straight man to everyone else’s huckster. David Spade and Rob Schneider make appearances that I could have lived without.
It has moments, but on the whole isn’t that funny. Skip it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: The Princess Bride (1987)