I miss Adam Sandler. I loved Billy Madison and The Wedding Singer. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve watched Happy Gilmore. That being said, although this movie was produced by Adam Sandler‘s Happy Madison Productions, this is not an Adam Sandler movie. Yes, it was funny and it had the usual cast of characters that are in his movies, but it was missing something.
Where Adam Sandler movies are generally pretty pure-hearted (go ahead and think about that for a second), this movie was pretty pervy. Like what would result if American Pie fused with Happy Gilmore and they were playing video games instead of golf.
Which brings me to my next point: the video games. While I played a mean game of Dr. Mario in my day, I’m a little out of the video game world now. Even so, how cool would it be to be a video game tester?! You get paid, to sit around and play video games all day. New games that no one else has played yet. And then you go in the break room, and there are more video games to play. That job would be awesome. What could make it more awesome? Having a pretty girl around to balance out the guys.
Enter Linda Cardellini. Best known for playing nurse Samanta Taggart on ER and Velma in the live action Scooby-Doo movies, in my house we refer to her as “Hot Nurse.” I let my boyfriend get away with this because she is, in fact, hot. Grandma’s Boy brings in Hot Nurse to play Sam, a project manager that will keep the boys on schedule with testing the games. What she’s really there to do is balance out the fact that the rest of the cast is video game testing guys, or 70-year-old grandmas.
Speaking of 70-year-old grandmas, the grandmother in this movie is played by the fabulous Doris Roberts (of Everybody Loves Raymond fame). She is sweet and kind, and has an awesome sense of humor – she pulls the best practical joke in the entire movie, and makes it my favorite scene. Her roommates are a crazy lady who carries around her Caboodle full of pills, and Shirley Partridge. All are addicted to Antiques Roadshow and The Food Network, and they throw an awesome party when they drink the “tea” they find on Alex’s dresser.
Which brings me, finally, to the title character. Alex (Allen Covert) is the grandson. He’s a video game tester by day, pothead by night. He’s got a gaggle of crazy friends (yes, I said gaggle), who try to help him when he’s kicked out of his apartment. Jeff (Nick Swardson), the perpetual eight-year-old who sleeps in a race car bed. Dante (Peter Dante), the burnout with a penchant for African animals. And of course, Grandma Lilly (Doris Roberts). Covert is believable and funny, and even reminds me of Jon Stewart at times. But it still doesn’t make this movie an Adam Sandler movie.
I have to admit, I’m a little biased against movies revolving around drugs. While it’s hilarious that Grandma Lilly and her roomies accidentally drink the “tea” and consequently think the Spanish channel is the funniest thing they’ve ever seen, I’m not generally amused by watching people smoke pot for two hours. So that probably took away a whole star from this movie. On the other hand, it probably gained back a half star just for featuring my favorite game of all time in the opening and closing credits (Galaga, if you’re wondering).
Overall, it’d be a good Netflix choice. But I wouldn’t buy it to add to your collection.