Let's face it, when you have to scrape the bottom of the SNL barrel to the point where you're using Kevin Nealon, things have gotten really bad. Among other things, it means that Norm MacDonald said no.
For the longest time watching this thing, I was trying to figure out if I was watching an actual movie or was simply part of a cruel joke. The biggest revelation I had during the whole thing was realizing that Samantha (LindaCardellini) was the "Scooby Doo" chick. Seriously, if the most interesting thing that goes of in your mind during a movie is "hey, that's the 'Scooby Doo' chick" there's something really wrong.
This is a movie by Adam Sandler's outfit, "Happy Madison Productions." Of course, Adam Sandler is nowhere to be found since he's gone semi-serious and is too good for this kind of crap now. However, fans will be mollified by short, painful appearances by David Spade and Rob Schneider, whose stints essentially suggest a semi-conscious realization by the both of them that their careers have long since peaked and, in all likelihood, performing shitty little dancing monkey gigs like this may be the fruit of the rest of their pathetic lives.
The story follows a video game tester, Alex (Allen Covert), after he's kicked out of his apartment, where he spends all his time playing games and smoking weed. He eventually moves in with his grandmother, Lilly (Doris Roberts), and her two roommates, Grace (Shirley Jones) and Bea (Shirley Knight), and posits the whole thing to his geeky co-workers as though he's roomed up with three hotties and is getting laid every night.
This concept is what passes for funny in "Grandma's Boy." When that isn't working, it turns to weed jokes, geek jokes or fart jokes. When that doesn't work, there's this really painful, repetitive shtick with the video game company's main programmer, J.P. (Joel Moore), who talks like a robot whenever he gets nervous. I can't really put into words just how quickly that gets old. It's sort of like kissing an ugly woman who drools on you. J.P. does the robot voice a lot after Samantha comes in to oversee the final stages of production on their latest video game project and rebuffs his advances. Incidentally, Kevin Nealon is also in the film. Let's face it, when you have to scrape the bottom of the SNL barrel to the point where you're using Kevin Nealon, things have gotten really bad. Among other things, it means that Norm MacDonald said no.
Watching old people do anything outside of playing chess or being wheeled through hospital corridors isn't really my cup of tea, but what Shirley Jones ends up doing really is quite nauseating. She ends up making out with one of Alex's friends. Now, when the actors look like they're disgusted by what they're doing, you know it's revolting and embarrassing.
I'm sure they'll have a similar reaction watching the movie, if they ever actually acknowledge they were in it.
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