Plot: What’s it about?
Alex (Allan Covert) seems to have life under control, he works as a video game tester and spends his free time however he chooses. This usually means playing more video games, drinking a lot of beer, and smoking a lot of grass. But when his landlord learns of his smoking ways, he is thrown out into the streets and left with few options to turn to. A sleepover with a friend lands him in trouble when his friend’s mom catches him playing with himself, leaving him only one choice. He is forced to move in with his grandmother and her two roommates, one of whom is a sex addict and the other is over medicated. At the same time, he gets a new boss named Samantha (Linda Cardinelli), brought in to supervise a new video game release. Alex is soon tasked to cover a lot of work on a short schedule, which is hard to do, since he is always doing chores. And thanks to Antique Roadshow, his elderly roommates never allow him to use the television. But he is driven by his passion for a game he is coding and developing on his own, Demonik. When resident game genius and total nerd J.P. (Joel Moore) comes to him for support, he sees the game and offers to provide some advice on it. But when J.P. steals credit for the game, can Alex ever get his dream back as his own?
This is another Happy Madison production, which means you’ll see the usual cast of characters, general chaos, and lowbrow humor. To some folks, that would mean ninety minutes of agony, but for fans of the more offbeat and insane comedies, Grandma’s Boy is more than solid. This is a nerd’s dream come true. Even the coolest people in this flick are geeks, save for the old women involved. Everyone else is a trapped in high school dork, the degree does vary, but it is all about the nerds here. That works well however, as just about anyone can relate to some of the characters found here, the potheads, the virgins, parents’ basement dwellers, the video game addicts, the genius with no social skills, and yes, even the hot chick who turns out to be a nerd. The film aims low and hits the target more often than not. There is a storyline, but it is rather basic and instead, relies on the outlandish situations that surface between all the unusual characters. The humor is crude, with a lot of sex, drugs, and bodily functions, not to mention total nonsense thrown in. I found Grandma’s Boy to be quite humorous, I even went back for a second session to pick up all the things I missed. If you’re a video game fan, this is a must see, but even if not, Grandma’s Boy is recommended.
Video: How does it look?
Grandma’s Boy is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. As per usual on most of their releases, Fox has supplied a gorgeous visual effort, with minimal complaints to make on any front. The print looks clean and shows no wear signs, which is good, since this is such a new release. The colors are vibrant and bold, with no errors to speak of, while flesh tones remain natural at all times. I saw no problems with contrast either, as detail is high throughout and black levels are always well balanced, without exception. Another new release from Fox and of course, another top notch visual presentation. This is about as good as this movie can look on DVD, which is about all we can demand.
Audio: How does it sound?
This is your typical dialogue driven comedy track, but it does have a few bells & whistles, which liven up the experience. The included Dolby Digital 5.1 option is based in the front channels most of the time, but often moves to the back for the musical soundtrack, as well as some well placed sound effect presence. I wouldn’t call this track immersive, but the background noise is well done and adds to the experience, to be sure. The dialogue is always clean and well balanced too, so you won’t have to fiddle with the volume controls here. A step above the usual comedy mix, this track earns a little extra in terms of score, as the audio is quite good indeed. This disc also includes Spanish and French language tracks, as well as subtitles in English and Spanish.
Supplements: What are the extras?
In addition to a director’s commentary with Nicholaus Goosen, we have a second track with stars Allen Covert, Peter Dante, and Nick Swardson. As expected, the cast track is humorous and laid back, as if some friends were kicked back and talking about their memories. Not the best session of its kind, but a solid one and fans of the flick should be satisfied. You can also watch three deleted scenes montages that all involve smoke, normal deleted scenes, and two behind the scenes featurettes. You can also choose between the theatrical and special unrated version of the movie itself.