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Napoleon Dynamite star Jon Heder plays an arrogant pseudo-intellectual whose ideal life of living at home with his angelic mom (Academy Award winner Diane Keaton - Annie Hall, Something's Gotta Give, The Godfather films) in Texas is threatened when she falls in love with a self-help guru and prepares to marry him in the contemporary comedy Mama's Boy.]]>
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There's not a lot of surprises here but it's still an entertaining watch with a soundtrack infused with `The Smiths' and `Morrissey' that work perfectly with the on-screen action. Anna Faris is also quite good as Nora, a Courtney Love(ish) songstress who falls for the hapless Mama's boy caus Jeffery to re-evaluate his sheltered existence even further.
If you're a big Jon Heder fan you'll definitely wan to had this one to your DVD collection, but thoroughly enjoyable even if you're not.
My Rating: -3 1/2 Stars-.
It's too bad, because this really is a pretty good movie, but unfortunately, the movie plays out with the same little formula and by the numbers movie making plot path that we've seen hundreds/thousands of times.
Jon Heder plays 29-year old Jeffrey Manus, a well... (see title) Mama's Boy. When Mom decides it's time to start dating again, it puts a wrinkle in Jeffrey's otherwise comfortable pampered homelife. Then of course when the dating becomes serious, Jeffrey's life is turned upside down.
There really is no way to give away spoilers because we've seen these movies playout thousands of times. Sure, maybe it's a different premise, but the plot points are so much on point, you could put a stop watch to them. Boy runs into problem, boy plots to defeat problem, boy messes things up, boy realizes the airs in his ways, boy corrects problem in about 5 minutes of film time and rides off into the sunset.
It's not a bust out funny film, although I did a couple of times, and it's not a bad film. Anna Faris was cute. Jeff Daniels was funny. Jon Heder was well cast. Diane Keaton was solid as usual. Yet, unfortunately for all of them, Mama's Boy will be forgotten because it didn't have the guts to tell a story as unique as the characters they portrayed.
Eccentric and nerdy Jeffrey Mannus (Jon Heder) is 29 years old and lives with his mother, Jan. He is perfectly fine with the arrangement, but Jefferey's world is turned around when Jan meets Mert Rosenbloom (Jeff Daniels), a motivational speaker, and they begin to date. What follows is a tug-of-war between Met and Jefferey, as Mert wants Jefferey out of the house, and Jefferey sees Met as nothing than dirt, and tries to bring Mert and his mom apart.
Meanwhile, he befriends a pretty and sweet girl at the local diner, Nora, who comes to have a soft spot for him. Back at home, the humorous war continues until the point that Mert and Jeffery get into a fist-fight. Jan breaks up with Mert in a flurry, and Jefferey is pleased: until he gets kicked out, too.
Living on the streets, Jefferey goes to find Nora, but she disowns him, calling him a jerk for never offering her any help when she was always so kind to him. Jefferey realizes all the mistakes he's made and goes to get Mert and Jan back together; after achieving this, he goes to find Nora, and they exchanged a kiss in the middle of the road.
This is an unlikely movie that really touched me. It is incredibly funny, and though it has its share of inappropriate stuff, you can look over that to enjoy this movie. Jon Herd gives a comical performance as the nerdy know-it-all mama's boy who had no point in life until Nora came along, and I found myself thoroughly enjoying this film. You should rent it first to see if you really like it, but this is a rare, goofy movie that you should see once of twice in your lifetime.
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I was appalled at the fact that this actor "flipped the officer off " at the end of the movie. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jennifer L. Bassett
You look at the cast and the premise of this movie and think, this should be good and at the very least you can expect a few hearty laughs. But it never fulfills that promise. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Norm Cash
A great cast well acting a fabulous script. I highly recommend this funny flick!Published 11 months ago by Ford
This movie is good for a 12-year old audience. It's okay.Published 11 months ago by Jacqueline A. Crucil
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