Who is Allen Covert? Why, he's a comic and writer who's appeared in every Sandler comedy since "Happy Gilmore." In "Little Nicky," for instance, he played the supportive roommate to Sandler's demonic idiot; in "Mr. Deeds," he was the buddy who pretended to mug Winona Ryder so Sandler could look like a hero by chasing him.
Covert has a nice smile and a genial screen presence, but there's no way in hell he can carry a movie. Yet there he is at the center of Grandma's Boy, Happy Madison's latest lazy assemblage of stoner jokes and sexual humiliation and stoner jokes. Covert, who also co-wrote and produced this incredibly sloppy film, plays as a 35-year-old videogame tester and enthusiastic pothead who finds himself living with his grandmother (Doris Roberts) and her two quirky roommates (Shirley Jones and Shirley Knight) when he's unceremoniously booted from his own place.
That's it. That's the movie. We just follow Covert around as he negotiates the weird world of little old ladies -- who, in a jaw-dropping twist, accidentally get high and sit around laughing at foreign television -- and occasionally wanders in to work, where he flirts with his improbably game supervisor (Linda Cardellini) and trades insults with a snooty programmer (Joel David Moore) who dresses like Keanu Reeves in "The Matrix" and crows about having "the new season of 'Buffy' on DVD" before it's officially released.
"Buffy" went off the air three years ago this month, which should give us an idea of how long Covert has been pitching this script, or how little he must have cared about the jokes. Seriously, how hard would it have been to dub in "Galactica"?
Fox's enhanced-widescreen DVD includes both the R-rated theatrical cut and the unrated, 42-whole-seconds longer version on a single platter, and loads up both versions with extras aplenty.
There are two audio commentary tracks -- a technical track from director Nicholas Goossen, and a goof-around track from Covert and his buddies Swardson and Dante -- and nine deleted scenes, including an alternate ending. Additional outtakes are assembled into a seven-minute montage called "Scenes That Went Up in Smoke." (More of David Spade's snarky waiter! Awesome!)
The disc includes two other montages, each running about two minutes: "Smoke This" is a clip reel of Dante's range of reactions to various joints, and "Unsmoked Material" just slaps together some other stuff, because what the hell.
There are two production featurettes: "Covert Whacks It" explores the difficulties of shooting a seminal sequence in the film's first reel, while "Monkey" just lets the cast and crew talk about working with a chimp.
There's also a Fox Movie Channel "Casting Session" fluff piece, a music video for the Twenty Two's "Another Day" and a featurette about the making of the music video, presumably because at this point anybody who's stuck with the extras this far will want to see absolutely every last freaking piece of on-set video about anything.
Incidentally, Fox' DVD-R screening copy of "Grandma's Boy" crashed my DVD player. Twice. It's never reacted so violently to any other disc, so I can only assume that the player was shutting itself down to avoid further exposure to the movie's toxins. I wish I'd had that option myself.
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: May 9, 2006
TIME: 95 minutes
DVD EXTRAS: French and Spanish audio dubs; English and Spanish subtitles; audio commentaries; deleted scenes; production featurettes; music video.
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