Grandma's Boy - Video Games + Pot = Weeds + Pot
Calm down Mr. Math, I got an A in calculus too. I do realize I can simplify that equation by droping the Pot, but that doesn't mean it would stand for the same thing anymore. Take away the marijuana, and you're left with an empty bowl. In case you're still confused, I thought Grandma's Boy was a movie about a video game tester. But that's like saying Weeds is about a single mom living in the suburbs.
And before you wonder why I'm combining a movie produced by Happy Madison with a TV show produced by Showtime, they do have more in common than a magical herb. Three simple words: Kevin freakin' Nealon.
Mr. Cheezle: I like your bitmaps here, they're very... Miyamoto.
While I realize I'm dealing with old news, I still had hoped Grandma's Boy (GB) would be in the same vain as the excellent Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle or Super Troopers. And I don't mean how Harold and Kumar get high and get the munchies, or the opening scene to Super Troopers. I mean they are good, enjoyable, hilariously stupid comedies. GB had it's moments, but overall it wasn't good or enjoyable or hilarious. Just stupid. It makes being a game QA'er look like a job a monkey could do. A stoned monkey. Alex didn't look he knew how to play a video game the way he kept smashing the Xbox controller (product placement FTW!) less know how to test one. And create his own game? I call bull shit. Try QA'ing medical software. Fuck up and people die! (And no, that's not what I do. I'm just sayin' is all.)
I also wonder what would happen if I told my boss my grandmother just ate my entire stash. I don't think she'd say too bad, she could really go for a hit... I really don't.
At least Weeds doesn't try to be anything but a show glamorizing the drug game, in white suburban America. I'll admit it, I like weed. Err, I mean Weeds. Wait! I mean... No, that was right. I like Weeds. It's not fantastic or as great as some say, but Kevin Nealon's pot smoking councilman character is alone worth watching the show for. (Hmm, he played a pot smoker in GB too... though who wasn't in that movie.) Sometimes the show tries too hard or has a huge build up just to deliver a crude joke I heard in 6th grade, but the good moments make up for it. Weeds just started season 2 last week... Nancy looked so much cuter in season 1, she has on way too much makeup this season. But that's besides the point.
Plus the music for the show was done by Joey Santiago. Yes, that guitar player from The Pixies.
Bottom line, watch Weeds. Skip Grandma's Boy. Watch Half Baked or one of the 5 million other drug movies out there instead. Well, that's probably a little too harsh. Like I said, it did have its moments. And if you're a fan of Terry from Reno 911 (aka Nick Swardson), he was easily the most enjoyable character in GB. Well, the girl who played Velma in the Scooby Doo movies adds a little to watch...