I’m not going to even try to sell this movie on my tastes. I’m the guy who loathes Napoleon Dynamite. Loathes it. If Napoleon Dynamite took the form of my next door neighbor I’d run his grandmother over with a
riding lawnmower before going inside to punch his wife in the breasts
with the Infinity Gauntlet*.
I cannot look at Jon Heder and not be reminded of that annoying,
overquoted, and fantastically unfunny movie so I’ll just quit while I’m
Thankfully I’m in the severe minority. I guess. People seem to love the
dude so I’m glad to be able to get passes in their hands to see his new
Mama’s Boy is the latest film to feature the Benchwarmers and Blades of Glory Alumnus, the plot which follows…
Eccentric Jeffrey Mannus is 29 years old and still
lives at home with his mom, Jan. He sees no reason to alter this
arrangement, but his perfect world is upended when Jan meets Mert, a
motivational speaker. Mert successfully woos Jan and moves in on
Jeffrey’s territory, something Jeffrey will not tolerate. Jeffrey
enlists the aid of an unlikely ally, an aspiring singer-songwriter,
Nora, with an anti-establishment penchant and a soft spot for him. As
the war between Mert and Jeffrey escalates, something unprecedented
happens — slowly, to both his own surprise and horror, Jeffrey
discovers his inner adult.
So there you have it. Anna Faris, Jeff Daniels,
Diane Keaton, and Eli Wallach are about as nice a supporting cast as
one could want. Maybe it’ll be the kind of flick that makes a codger
like me open his heart and see the light of day. Or maybe I’ll skip
that screening and knit a bonnet for my worst enemy.
Want a pass? Live in or near Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville, or
Raleigh? Use the corresponding link below, include your mailing
address, and tell me how old you were when you moved out of your
parent’s home. If you still live with them, tell us when you’ll do them
a favor and piss on outta there.
* I hope some kid reading this doesn’t actually do this as a goof, making me look like a bad influence.