Director: Nicholaus Goossen
Starring: Linda Cardellini, Allen Covert,
Peter Dante, Shirley Jones, Shirley Knight, Joel David Moore,
Kevin Nealon, Doris Roberts, Nick Swardson
RunTime: 1 hr 30 mins
Released By: Shaw
Rating: M18 (Drug Content)
Day: 25 May 2006
(Allen Covert) has one sweet life. After walking away from
his death by accounting job, he's now a video game tester
at Brainasium, the company responsible for the worldwide gaming
phenom of "Eternal Death Slayer." At 35, he may
be the oldest tester in the business (he's called "Gray
Bush" by his co-workers), but he's also the best.
when his roommate fails to pay the rent for six months because
he's spent every last cent at Madame Wu's Filipino Palace
("They're not hookers, they're massage therapists!"),
Alex unfortunately finds himself on the street. His friendly
dealer Dante (Peter Dante) can't let Alex crash because he
has a business to run and besides, the guard lion will be
arriving any day. His friend Jeff (Nick Swardson) agrees to
put him up, until that unfortunate accident involving Alex
and the action figure in the bathroom…which Jeff's mom
happens to, well, catch.
last resort is to move in with three hot babes—that's
what he tells his friends, at any rate. In actuality, the
35-year-old finds himself living with his sweet and loving
80-year-old grandma Lilly (Doris Roberts), along with her
two roommates: the "been there, done that repeatedly"
octogenarian Grace (Shirley Jones) and the not-quite-all-there,
overly medicated Bea (Shirley Knight). Lilly dotes on Alex
and keeps him housed and fed—in exchange for a few simple
chores around the place, like taking out the trash and sandblasting
things are busy for Alex both at his new home and at work.
Brainasium's New Age-y honcho Mr. Cheezle (Kevin Nealon) has
brought in hotshot (and really hot) gaming exec Samantha (Linda
Cardellini) from New York to help whip "Eternal Death
Slayer Three" into shape before its street date. Seems
the series' creator, über-nerd wiz kid J.P. (Joel David
Moore), has been coasting on his rep—he was a millionaire
by the time he turned 13—and his newest entry has a
game's kinks are no prob for Alex and the Brainasium testers
(most of whom just started shaving), which leaves time for
Alex to help Lilly with the house and to try and bag his new
hot boss while continuing to work in secret developing his
own game, called "Demonik."
start to get tricky, though, once the cat's outta the bag
about who Alex is really rooming with—that is until
the gray ladies warm to Alex's friends at an after-work party,
thanks to that special tea they found in his room. Who knew
80-somethings could be so at home with video geeks, a low-key
dealer, an African tribesman and a smattering of strippers,
along with their colorful clientele? Amazing what a few tokes
and tequila slammers will do to loosen things up.
when jealous nerdboy J.P. swipes Alex's "Demonik"
and tries to pass it off as his own, it becomes a battle of
Gen-Xers versus gin players when Samantha produces a secret
weapon: Alex's grandma (and now master gamer) Lilly.
First, we must applaud this movie to have the courage
to take on all those big-budget summer blockbusters. In this
90-minute movie, you will find no famous stars, no expensive-looking
sets and no dazzling computer generated effects. Heck, there
even seems to be no point to the plot of this movie produced
by comedy actor Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions.
35-year-old Alex (Allen Covert, whom you may find familiar
if you are a fan of Sandler’s movies) is the world's
oldest video game tester. When one of his roommates spends
all the rent money on Filipino hookers (yes, that actually
counts as a reason), Alex is kicked out of his apartment.
He is forced to live with his grandmother (a very kind-looking
Doris Roberts) and her friends Grace (a sexily old but menacing
Shirley Jones) and Bea (a no-clue-what-is-going-on-looking
Alex also happens to be developing the next big game “Demonik”
for the X-Box generation. To add colour to his life, there
are his nice pals at work, a new supervisor whom he falls
in love with, a really weird video game geek who will be his
nemesis in love, his friendly weed dealer and a whole load
of other slapstick supporting characters.
Yes, that is about it for the story of the movie. Film scholars
will shun and criticize movies like this for being trashy,
but if you are out to have a good time at the cinemas, this
is the perfect movie for that occasion.
The movie’s effortless ability to milk laughs from you
is its strongest selling point. The setups and situations
are so stupidly hilarious that you will instantly forgive
the movie for being so senseless and meaningless. You begin
to wonder whether that is the whole point of making this movie
in the first place.
The characters in the movie are mostly likeable, from the
nerds in Alex’s workplace, to the mysterious African
tribesman and Tae Kwan Do master who visit Alex’s weed
dealer. However, the resident geeky wiz kid who becomes Alex’s
rival in love can come off as a little too annoying for comfort.
His robotic mannerisms and Matrix-inspired black trench coat
become too trying after a while.
The crowds who will enjoy this slapstick movie the most are
the video gamers. There are plenty of pop cultural references
in the movie, ranging from the T-shirts the characters wear,
to the various video games tested by Alex. For the less initiated,
look out for the familiar “Galaga” fighter plane
video game opening and end credits, and also the “Dance
Dance Revolution” scene which will wow you as if you
are watching a “live” demonstration at a video
There are also several scenes involving weeds and drugs which
may not ring too much of a bell to movie-goers here. This
is also the reason why the movie has been slapped with an
M-18 (Drug Content) rating. In America, there is apparently
a larger demographic for this genre of drug-related comedies.
In Singapore, one similar flick which comes to mind would
be Danny Leiner’s Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle
So if you are in the mood to leave your brains at the door
and laugh your heads off on a stressful day at work or a lazy
weekend, do give this movie a go. And boy, trust us, you will
not regret paying for that ticket.
(Give yourself a break from all the oh-so-serious and effects-laden
summer blockbusters – check out this screwball comedy
for a rollin’ good time)
by John Li