Grandma's Boy

Movie review by
Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
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Absolutely dreadful and offensive comedy.
  • R
  • 2006
  • 94 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Most women in the movie are treated as sex objects, though one of the main characters is a strong woman. Drugs are used openly.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There's no one here you want your child to emulate.

Violence

All violence is in the video games the characters create.

Sex

A lot of talk of "getting laid," a guy fondles and kisses a woman's bare breast, explicit discussion of sexual positions.

Language

Explicit discussions about sex, "gay" is used as a derogatory word, the "p" word is used to refer to an elderly woman's vagina.

Consumerism

Ten different brands are displayed prominently in the movie.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Constant pot smoking and frequent drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie glorifies drugs and prostitution, as well as immature, antisocial behavior. Characters frequently talk about sex and hookers. In one scene, the main character masturbates to orgasm in front of a Laura Craft doll and is caught by another character's mother. In another, a guy sucks on the breast of a half-naked woman for hours. There is also a big party where everyone, including the grandmother, gets drunk. Some characters are portrayed in an ethnically-insensitive manner.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCastellanos June 29, 2009

A failed attempt at a funny stoner comedy

Grandma's Boy is a failed attempt at a funny hard R, stoner comedy. It has almost everything you need; pot, drinking, nudity, and sex jokes. It just lacks... Continue reading
Adult Written bymatfnch March 25, 2013

great movie ages 13-adult

great movie lots of drug use sexual content hilarious although i wouldnt reccomend letting children under 13 watch it
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

Awful!

This movie is terrible. It is pushing R rating! I should be rated X! It shows a man sucking on a woman's boob for hours! eew! It also has lots of profanity... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bybradley4846 October 3, 2010

Great Movie

If you like adam sandler type movies and video games. see this. it was very funny, even if it had no plot. There is one topless girl, and no sex is shown. and t... Continue reading

What's the story?

GRANDMA'S BOY is a 13-year-old boy's fantasy come to life. Not only is Alex (Allen Covert) a video game tester (which means he gets to spend all day, every day playing video games) but he's also designing his own gruesome game. When Alex is kicked out of his apartment because his roommate spent six months' rent on Filipino prostitutes, Alex bounces from his drug-dealer friend to his infantilized coworker (complete with footie pajamas) until he finally moves in with his grandmother, played with zest by Everyone Loves Raymond's Doris Roberts.

 

Is it any good?

Just because this movie is a teenager's dream of sex, drugs, and video games doesn't mean teenagers should watch it. The movie wants the viewer to be in on the joke --- it's a hipster's idea of geekiness, where the geek gets the surgically-enhanced hot blonde at the party. The problem is that the joke is lame. Grandma's Boy throws every pop culture cliché at you: self-consciously politically-incorrect portrayals of ethnic characters and women, repeated reference to hookers, gory video games, karaoke, Matrix spoofs, work humor, pot humor, sex humor.

Aside from that, there's really not much plot. More than anything, this is another overly long Saturday Night Live sketch. The movie, much like the main character, drifts aimlessly from party to party, with a tacked-on happy ending and surprisingly sweet romance between Alex and Samantha (Freaks and Geeks' Linda Cardellini). Some of the party behavior seems true-to-life, like the drunken karaoke singing, but that's not enough of a reason to watch this movie -- especially with so many reasons not to. This movie is best viewed by adults.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about raunchy comedies. What's appealing about them? 

  • How does this kind of humor affect how kids think about dating, sex, work, and drugs? How would they handle these situations in real life?

  • What's the difference between the way Alex exaggerates to impress his friends and the way he is in his relationship with Samantha?

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