Grandma's Boy

Crimes:

• Making an Adam Sandler movie in which Sandler never appears

• Proving that there's a leading man in the frat-friendly Happy Madison universe even less charismatic than Rob Schneider or David Spade, namely co-writer/star/professional Adam Sandler buddy Allen Covert

• Sacrificing the remaining dignity of Oscar-winner Shirley Jones by casting her as a sexually rapacious groupie

Defenders: Covert, actor Peter Dante, co-writer/actor Nick Swardson

Tone of commentary: Giggly, crude, and full of the kind of lame jokes you'd expect from the people behind Grandma's Boy. Typical quip: Swardson's claim that "they're doing a sequel to Brokeback (Mountain) called Ballsack Junction." The commentators constantly point out lines, performances, and gags they love, making it clear that they aren't just Grandma's Boy's stars, they're its biggest fans. The commentary shares the film's unmistakable goofing-around-while-smoking-up vibe.

What went wrong: The commentators seem apologetic about the exposition-heavy scenes and the joke-light romantic bits, and they encourage the audience to take bong hits until the hilarity resumes. Supposedly one of their foremost challenges involved not guffawing uproariously during every take.

Comments on the cast: Bit player Rob Schneider is hailed, without a trace of irony, as one of the all-time great character actors. Fellow SNL alum Kevin Nealon is similarly introduced as "the great." As for David Spade—well, they seem pretty enamored of his bit turn as well.

Inevitable dash of pretension: Dante insists that Covert and Swardson co-wrote such a great script (with Barry Wernick) that very little editing was required.

Commentary in a nutshell: "I love that we made a conscious decision to have the first word in the movie be 'fuck.'"

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