Grandma's Boy (2006 film)

This article is about the 2006 film. For the 1922 Harold Lloyd comedy of the same name, see Grandma's Boy (1922 film).
Grandma's Boy

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Nicholaus Goossen
Produced by
Written by
  • Allen Covert
  • Nick Swardson
  • Barry Wernick
Music by Waddy Wachtel
Cinematography Mark Irwin
Edited by Tom Costain
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • January 6, 2006 (2006-01-06)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $6.56 million[1]

Grandma's Boy is a 2006 American gross out stoner comedy film directed by Nicholaus Goossen. Starring and written by Allen Covert and Nick Swardson.[2] The film stars a video game tester who is forced to move in with his grandmother after being evicted from his home. Alongside Covert, the film co-stars Nick Swardson, Doris Roberts, Linda Cardellini, Shirley Jones, Shirley Knight, Peter Dante, Joel Moore, and Kevin Nealon.[2]


Alex (Allen Covert) is a single, 35-year-old video game tester who lives with his friend Josh (Jonathan Loughran). When Josh wastes their rent money on Filipino hookers, their landlord (Rob Schneider) kicks them out, and Alex has to find a new place to live. Alex tries to stay with his marijuana dealer, Dante (Peter Dante), but cannot do so because Dante is adopting a wild lion to live in the house. Alex spends one night with his co-worker Jeff (Nick Swardson), but Jeff still lives with his parents. After an embarrassing "encounter" with Jeff's mom, in which he is caught masturbating in the bathroom and subsequently ejaculates on her, Alex is forced to move in with his grandmother Lilly (Doris Roberts) and her two eccentric friends, Bea (Shirley Knight) and Grace (Shirley Jones).

Alex is given many chores and fix-up projects to do around the house, but has a hard time completing them because his grandmother and her friends are a constant distraction. He also finds it hard to get any work done. Alex discovers that the three women have a fascination with the television program Antiques Roadshow and later is able to get some work finished by giving them tickets to attend a taping of the show. At work, Alex meets the attractive Samantha (Linda Cardellini), who has been sent by the company's corporate office to oversee the production of a new video game. Alex and Samantha hit it off, but the only person in the way of their relationship is the creator of the game they are all working on, J.P. (Joel Moore), a self-proclaimed "genius" who is obsessed with video games and has a crush on Samantha. Samantha is not interested in J.P. and declines his constant advances.

Meanwhile, in an attempt to sound cool to his younger co-workers (Jonah Hill, Kelvin Yu), Alex says that he is living "with three hot babes". Alex's friends believe the lie and actually think the reason he is so tired every day at work is because he is living with three women who constantly "wear him out" in the bedroom. The real cause of his fatigue is because he stays up late at night working on his own video game, called Demonik, which he has been developing in secret for some time. Lilly asks about the game one night and he teaches her to play it. To his surprise, she becomes quite good at it and beats many levels. After Alex and his co-workers finish successfully testing Eternal Death Slayer 3, their boss Mr. Cheezle (Kevin Nealon) tells Samantha to take the boys out to eat at a vegan restaurant, but they instead make fun of the restaurant and their waiter (David Spade) when they arrive, and then leave to a burger shop. When Jeff has to use the bathroom and refuses to use the one in the restaurant, Alex is forced to take everyone to his house.

Alex comes home to find that Lilly, Grace, and Bea drank all of his pot, which they thought was tea. When Samantha admits to smoking weed too, Alex calls up Dante and throws a wild party. During the party, the group prank-calls J.P. and leaves him a voicemail that makes fun of him about wanting to be a robot. J.P. is upset by the message and shows up at Lilly's house a couple nights later in tears. Feeling bad for him, Alex agrees to let him borrow his only copy of Demonik and test it out for a few days. In retaliation for Alex making his life miserable, and having becoming accustomed to stealing others' ideas, J.P. steals the game and tries to pass it off as his own at work. Mr. Cheezle does not believe Alex when he insists the game is his, since it was his only copy, so his friends call Lilly to the office. Because she has mastered the game already, she plays J.P. and wins to prove it belongs to Alex. In the end, Alex is vindicated and creates a successful game. Alex and Samantha start dating.



Principal photography took place in Los Angeles at L.A. Center Studios, and locations in the vicinity.

Game developer Terminal Reality was involved in the film's production, lending footage to promote their game Demonik. Although the game was cancelled before the film's release the footage remained in the final cut.


Box office

Grandma's Boy opened theatrically on January 6, 2006 in 2,015 venues and earned $3,009,341 in its opening weekend, ranking thirteenth in the domestic box office and second among that weekend's newcomers.[3] The film ended its run seven weeks later on February 23, having grossed $6,090,172 domestically and $476,105 overseas for a worldwide total of $6,566,277.[1]

Critical reception

The film received generally negative reviews from critics. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 16% rating based on 63 reviews, with an average rating of 3.6/10. The site's consensus states: "A gross-out comedy that's more gross than comedic, Grandma's Boy is lazy and unrewarding."[4] Metacritic reports a 33 out of 100 rating based on 15 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[5]

Audience polling company CinemaScore reported that the average grade cinema audiences gave the film was a "B" on an A+ to F scale.[6]


The film won several honors in High Times' 2006 Stony Awards, including "Best Stoner Movie", "Best Actor in a Movie" (Allen Covert), and "Best Pot Scene in a Movie".

Home media

The film was released on DVD on May 9, 2006 in widescreen format, with theatrical (94 minutes) and unrated (95 minutes) versions, subtitled in English and Spanish, with audio tracks in English, Spanish, and French. It includes audio commentary tracks by the director and stars, deleted scenes, montages of outtakes and alternate lines, and several "featurettes".


The soundtrack includes tracks of film dialogue between the musical tracks.

Track # Title Artist Time
2 "Another Day" The Twenty Twos 2:40
4 "Helicopter" Bloc Party 3:39
5 "Meantime" The Futureheads 2:49
7 "Spinnin'" Zion I 3:25
9 "Little Girl" The Daylights 3:16
10 "Never Win" Fischerspooner 3:59
12 "Sittin' Sidewayz" Paul Wall/Big Pokey 3:48
14 "Alive and Amplified" The Mooney Suzuki 3:05
15 "Can't Kick the Habit" Spin Doctors 8:12
17 "Night on Fire" VHS or Beta 4:01
18 "Anyone" Moving Units 3:57
20 "Windowlicker" Aphex Twin 6:04
21 "STD Dance" Ima Robot 4:35
23 "Grandma's Boyee" Kool Keith/KutMasta Kurt 4:09
Other music

Music from the film not found on the soundtrack includes:

  • "Dance to the Underground" – Radio 4
  • "Natural Disaster" – Fischerspooner (JP's entrance)
  • "A Fair Resort" – Cdoass
  • "Call the Cops" – Dr. Dooom
  • "Hit Me Again" – Neon
  • "Make a Jam!" – U1 (Dance Dance Revolution (Ultramix 2) scene)
  • "Dead End" – N & S (Dance Dance Revolution (Ultramix 2) scene)
  • "Can I Buy U a Drink" – Kool Keith / KutMasta Kurt


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