Mama's Boy (DVD/WS/FS)
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.
The great cast of Mama's Boy--Jon Heder, Diane Keaton, Jeff Daniels, the always-awesome Anna Faris--help lift this indie gem from its semi-predictable setup. Heder plays Jeffrey, a 29-year-old dweeb who still lives at home with his mom, Jan (Diane Keaton). Widowed at a young age, Keaton has clung to her only son, but not as much as he's clung to her since the death of his dad. The two have settled into a routine--game night, special menus--like, well, an old married couple. Until Jan is swept off her feet by motivational speaker Mert Rosenbloom (Jeff Daniels), who preaches the ground-breaking theory of "Positivity" ("...which goes back thousands of years--Jesus was really a big practitioner"). Then Jeffrey acts out--in a way more appropriate to a 3-year-old than a grown man. Jan and Mert have a touching, believable chemistry, and Jeffrey's tantrums are cringeworthy but hilarious. "You can't win back my affection with Manwich!" he shrieks at his appeasing mom. Does Jeffrey get his own chance to grow up and move on? Quicker than you can say "enter oddball Goth girl." Anna Faris plays Nora, an aspiring singer-songwriter with rather a limited repertoire; every song is about corporate America eating our souls ("I'm calling my first album 'Bed, Bath and Bulls--t'!"). Not surprisingly, she also has a heart of gold. As she works her quirky charm on Jeffrey, everyone in the film gets a chance to blossom. --A.T. Hurley