Old Grandma Hardcore

This blog is the chronicle of my experiences with Grandma, the video-game playing queen of her age-bracket and weight class. She will beat any PS2, XBox, GameCube, etc., console game put in front of her, just like she always has. These are her stories. She is absolutely real. She lives in Cleveland.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

20th Century Fox to Grandma: "We think you'll like it!"

Our long time readers will remember in October when Grandma and I first saw the trailer to Grandma's Boy, an Adam Sandleresque sort of comedy (in fact, the movie is brought to us via Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions.) It prompted me to really question the sort of humor our site produced, and ultimately settle that indeed, Sandler and I just love Grandmas.

I finished the post with a message to the makers that read: "[we] offer 20th Century Fox something human; the ability to say with sincerity that there are people like this; it isn't abnormal or strange for someone to game for 30 years, and it isn't inappropriate for the elderly to get their kicks like everyone else. If this movie is entertaining it is because of the characters, and not because different types of folks act beyond what is expected; something to be laughed at. Tell us if it's anything different!"

Well they responded. They tell Grandma and I it is different; and that Grandma would probably agree.

Grandma is intrigued.

Here's the copy from the movie's press release: "The latest comedy from Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, GRANDMA’S BOY features gamers and grannies, sex and partying, bong vases and footie pajamas…and even a Tae Kwan Do master chimpanzee (don’t call him a monkey). Allen Covert (“The Longest Yard”) takes on the title role as Alex, the world’s oldest video game tester who is forced to move in with his grandma and her two 80-year-old friends. Alex hits rock bottom when a jealous nerdboy swipes a hot video game that Alex has been developing, and tries to pass it off as his own. But help is on the way from Grandma, who is now a master gamer."

Alright, I'll bite- but we've got to see this thing first; we really have to know if it's as funny as Grandma thinks it is- she saw the trailer again when we went to see Doom, another comedy about gaming. Grandma doesn't mind sex, drugs and gaming in movies; in fact she'd probably like to see MORE of those specific elements portrayed in a better way. Think of the CSI episode in which a gamer is accused to violently murdering someone because he was trained on video games. Grandma: "FUCK that shit. Games don't cause violence, stupid people do." Think of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the Johnny Depp version) in which the television crazed kid is transformed into a video game crazed punk dipshit who must learn his moral lesson. Grandma: "We're not all like that little brat, I hope they know." Think of Rules of Attraction, in which all gay guys are shown as whiny, needy little pussies that crave sex 24/7. Grandma: "Can't they just show a NORMAL gay dude?" Think of Requiem for a Dream, in which the message is clearly "DON'T EVER DO DRUGS, JESUS FUCKING CHRIST; WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YOU, DO YOU WANT YOUR ARM CHOPPED OFF AND GIVE BLOW JOBS TO ASSHOLES?!?!" Grandma: "Yellow in the morning... Blue in the afternoon... ...nah, as long as you don't ABUSE the shit you probably won't end up like them."

I watch CSI sometimes, Grandma and I liked Willy Wonka, I own Rules of Attraction and Requiem for a Dream was brilliant- but they don't show things as they are for sex, drugs and Grandma's version of Rock and Roll. Games and gamers have been given a bad show before, we're told that this movie is different; that gamers are hip, groovy people too- and so are grandmas. God I hope so.

So we'll definitely check it out.

Shit, Grandma LOVED Happy Gilmore and The Wedding Singer; that's just her deal. I'm by no means the "real" Grandma's Boy, just so we get that out of the way; but I'm curious about the parallels in this story and ours. Is the grandma intrinsically a gamer or does she begin later in life? Is she just awesome because or does she have to achieve that coolness? I have to know, now! The main character is supposed to "hit rock bottom" so we have something in common on that one ;)

So if the movie is as you say it is, 20th Century Fox, Grandma and I will be in the theaters to see it. Thanks for being cool enough to acknowledge our concern; you didn't have to do that- so... awesome!

They also want to prove it to you folks to. 20th Century Fox suggested and we agreed to promote a little giveaway for our readers. No money is exchanging hands on this, it's just them wanting to give a little- and we're alright with that. As long as Grandma and I don't "sell out" by giving a positive review of a movie we haven't seen yet, or worse: outright lying about Grandma's opinion of the film when we do, in exchange for money or games or sexual favors, it's all good.


E-mail me with your name, phone number and address to enter the random drawing for a Grandma's Boy gift pack, which they tell me includes a hat, t-shirt, finger brace, and a movie poster. Include in the subject line "Old Grandma Hardcore's Grandma's Boy Grandma Giveaway Thing." This is just a drawing for our site, so that ups your chances of getting some free swag. Winners will be selected randomly, and we're not selling your info to anybody, so don't worry about spam or junkmail on this one.

We have 4 gift packs, and winners will be announced on January 13th!

Game on!


  • At 6:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    w00T!! Free stuff!!!!!!!!!

  • At 8:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If only Adam Sandler was funny.

  • At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I live in Brazil, can I participate?

  • At 10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I actually saw this movie already at the Comedy Festival in Las Vegas. It was pretty funny and right along the Adam Sandler vein. I won't give anything away to those of you who want to see it, b/c I know I hate it when people do that to me!

    Kristin : )

  • At 6:22 AM, Blogger SingleGrrl said…

    Adam Sandler's Chanukah songs are amongst the only "Christmas season" songs we listened to this year. He's got a great sense of humor, that boy!

    Fellow Female Gamer :)

  • At 8:54 AM, Blogger Anne Packrat said…

    Joystiq didn't like it much. Here's their review:


  • At 1:34 PM, Blogger Bryan-Mitchell said…

    I saw it back in December and posted about it on my blog. Basically, it is only interesting because it is videogame centric. If it wasn't about videogame testers then I wouldn't bother seeing it. It had funny parts, but nothing really memorable. Very average in the There's Something About Mary and Adam Sandler style. The plot is predictable from the minute all the characters are introduced.
    Go see it at a matine. I wouldn't pay full price for it.

  • At 1:49 PM, Blogger Collin said…

    "…and even a Tae Kwan Do master chimpanzee (don’t call him a monkey)" Hmmm... I feel a slight Terry Pratchett influence in that line. It immediately brings to mind the Librarian from the Discworld series, although he's an orangutan.

  • At 3:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    LOL "yellow in the morning, blue in the afternoon"...I love Grandma's method of remembering when to take her meds :)

  • At 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hello grandma my name is Rafal im from Poland heh you ar famous in my town Torun :) im 21 and what else good luck !!!!

  • At 2:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yea, they showed a sneak preview at midnight at JMU, and it was amazing.

  • At 11:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    yeah, I am hoping for the best myself. I hate movies that don't even seem like anyone actually plays the games they talk about.

  • At 2:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I actually D3 Goldobserved this particular motion picture presently for the Funny Celebration within Las Vegas. It turned out quite hilarious and suitable over the Adam Sandler vein. I will not supply anything at all off to GW2 goldthose of you who want to see it, b/c I'm sure I don't really like the item when folks make it happen if you ask me!


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