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Mama's Boy

3.5 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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Mama's Boy (DVD/WS/FS)

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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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

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  • Additional scenes
  • Commentary by director Tim Hamilton

Product Details

  • Actors: Diane Keaton, Jon Heder, Jeff Daniels, Anna Faris, Dorian Missick
  • Directors: Tim Hamilton
  • Writers: Hank Nelken
  • Producers: Steve Carr, Heidi Santelli
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016K31ZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,947 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mama's Boy" on IMDb

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By Brian E. Erland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 14, 2008
Format: DVD
The '07 release `Mama's Boy' delivers another fine, though surprisingly reserved performance by Joh Heder as Jeffrey, the insecure, hypochondriac, stay-at-home 29 year old who finds his world threatened when his Mother (Diane Keaton) decides to re-enter the dating scene. When new boyfriend Mert (Jeff Daniels), a life-affirming motivational speaker moves in Jeffrey's world begins to fall apart. Will he accept the newcomer into the family home with open arms or perceive him as a challenger and usurper of his Mother's affection?

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-.
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This is a great movie, filled with good humor, a great cast, and smooth writing. John Heder perfects the role of being a overbearing Mama's Boy who just won't quit. Jeff Daniels is in his element reminiscent of his role in Dumb and Dumber, he pulls this off with expertise. Diane Keaton is excellent she seems to be in every simple but offbeat comedies that truly capture her bubbly personality. Along with the quirky Ana Farris who is more angry in this role than others before it. She is the final touch to a simple yet hilarious romp. This idea has been done before but this is a very well written comedy that doesn't disappoint. Don't listen to reviewers who just nick pick about everything. Rent or purchase it is really good.
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Ho hum.

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.
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Our son is 22, and we have been married forever, but it was pretty much the same thing. He is still at home.... need I say more. I just love Diane Keaton, she is such a good actress and plays the part so well. Jon Heder my kids got me started on him in Nepolean Dynomite and Blades of Glory. It is so funny and cute. I would buy it again...
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By J. Allston on September 11, 2013
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Mama's Boy is quirky and a bit of a departure from the norm. It is well acted with my favorite, Diane Keaton. Casting was on the ball. The actors well-suited their roles and played off each other in an artful manner. The movie is fun, entertaining and well worth watching.
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This was a great movie. All the principal actors had great chemistry with eachother. The dialogue was right on target--especially Jon Heder and Anna Farris's. Jon Heder has never been funnier. I found his character to be very original. I liked how he came across as being a spoiled, outcast of society, who said no to drugs. I also liked Anna Farris's character--especially when she tells Heder that she wants to be independent and is not going to let someone like Heder drag her down. All this coming from a new wave punker! This was an insightful and funny film about learning to grow up--even if you're a rebel who happens to be a mama's boy.
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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. In fact, it's not good for any laughs. You may send a thank you note because I've saved an hour and a half of your life by sitting through the ENTIRE movie against my better judgment by about 30 minutes into it

Heder is horribly cast here. His nerdy dry approach does not fit and the script, though seemingly written with him in mind, does him no favors. Diane Keaton, try as she may, has absolutely nothing to work with in her part as the mother of a 29 year-old son who still lives at home. The script is THAT bad. I wonder why she said yes to the role. Jeff Daniels gives it his best as the sudden romantic interest of Keaton's character, but a really poor script can make any actor look bad and this production had a really bad script. Plus the production just moves SO slowly and banks on cheap funny moments. Spoiler: They NEVER happen. The holder of funny moments is completely bankrupt in this one.

This is a movie you tell your worst enemy at work to rent over the weekend. And then you come back Monday and snicker because you wasted a solid hour and a half of their free time.

If you're looking to fall asleep to a movie that will not hold your interest, Mama's Boy is the right show for you. Looking for a film worth watching? Look somewhere else.

I can only think that the feeble attempts at good reviews I've seen are prompted by the money behind the film, hoping that they can squeeze a few more bucks out of the big names and the hope for a movie worth watching. Don't fall for it.
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