MAMA'S BOY: DVD
Jeffrey Mannus (Jon Heder) is 29 years old and still lives at home with his mother Jan (Diane Keaton). After his father died, Jeffrey made a pact to protect Jan and wants to stay home until he makes an astronomical discovery. But Jeffrey has become demanding and possessive, expecting a packed lunch every day as well as his mother's undivided attention. When Jan starts dating motivational speaker Mert Rosenbloom (Jeff Daniels), Jeffrey is jealous, and does his utmost to break up the relationship. Meanwhile, Jeffrey meets Nora (Ana Faris) a waitress at a nearby café, who is an aspiring songwriter.
Review by Louise Keller:
Ana Faris is the best thing in this predictable, often silly Jon Heder movie about a spoilt son trying to sabotage his mother's new relationship. Faris' outspoken aspiring songwriter Nora somehow manages to articulate everything that is wrong with Heder's irritating Jeffrey, and makes it sound like common sense. When she says 'You're kind of a freak,' she says it as a compliment and he accepts it as such. When they share a kiss by the roadside, it is despite their orthodontist retainers.
'We never regret the things in life we do, only the things we don't,' says Jeff Daniels' motivational speaker who is quick to point out the word 'can't' does not exist in his vocabulary. Daniels' Mert seems a little too old for Diane Keaton's Jan, but Daniels is ultra likeable as the man who seems to do everything well (from horseback riding, golf, archery, winemaking, puppetry and singing at the jazz club where he takes Jan on their first date). There's little humour as Jeffrey puts poor Mert through the third degree and does everything he can to discredit him. Mert, however, cleverly turns around every situation to his advantage. By the time the battle is in full flight, there are cheeks cut out of trousers, burnt comic books, hidden drugs and business seminar slides are sabotaged.
Keaton seems to have become more irritating in recent roles, like in Because I Said So and Smother; here she plays Jan with the same kind of flappable annoyance. Eli Wallach appears in a cameo as the bookstore owner who employs and tolerates Jeffrey and offers a piece of advice 'The love we give away is the only love we keep.' However, it's Faris who makes Mama's Boy palatable as her smart, intrepid and funky girl chasing her dream manages to knock some sense into Jeffrey as he grows up, makes amends and eventually finds a way to cut away from the apron strings.
Published August 14, 2008
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MAMA'S BOY: DVD (M)
CAST: Diane Keaton, Jon Heder, Jeff Daniels, Anna Faris, Dorian Missick, Sarah Chalke, Eli Wallach
PRODUCER: Heidi Santelli
DIRECTOR: Tim Hamilton
SCRIPT: Hank Nelken
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jonathan Brown
EDITOR: Amy E. Duddleston
MUSIC: Mark Mothersbaugh
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jon Gary Steele
RUNNING TIME: 93 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: None
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Home Video
DVD RELEASE: August 13, 2008