Grandma’s Joy

Grandma's BoyHollywood can’t seem to make a decent movie based on a video game but a movie about people who make video games is another story. Grandma’s Boy was released in 2006 and quickly disappeared from the theaters. Although the box office numbers don’t look good, the movie has gone on to becoming somewhat of a cult classic.

Alex, Allen Covert, is a video game programmer that ends up moving in with his grandmother because his roommate was spending their rent money on Filipino hookers. The entire movie is constructed of zany happenings and antics such as this. The movie follows Alex as he tries to not let people know he lives with his grandmother and maintain his job. There is a love interest in the movie for Alex but don’t worry about this movie being a romance film, it is pure comedy.

The movie holds up to this day because of its timeless humor. It would have been easy to make this movie dated but that is avoided since it is focused on the people and not on video games or technology. While you watch this movie remember that it was released a year before the Xbox 360 was introduced. Therefore any of the games shown or referenced are going to be old. Since this only happens on a limited basis it is not an issue you should concern yourself with. Besides, you’re going to watch this to get some laughs not as a documentary on the video game industry.

There really aren’t any moments in the movie that you won’t be laughing at. The cast is full of actors that you will recognize. Realize that this movie was made by Adam Sandler’s production company, so you’ll see a lot of people who were in movies with him. Nick Swardson’s character alone should keep you chuckling.

The only caution that I will give with this movie is to not watch a censored version. To put it on cable or broadcast television some of the funniest parts have to be edited out. Do yourself a favor and find a full version of it. Amazon.com has the DVD for $6.09 as of this posting.

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