Grandmothers are getting rude, or so it may seem as a batch of potty-mouthed, dope-smoking, oversexed octogenarians arrives with Grandma's Boy. We've had grumpy old men on the big screen forever. But granny hooking up with a young dude? Hmm. Is this shocking, or just a raunchy new twist?
WHAT YOU SAY
No one's more obnoxious on screen than hip "guttermouth grandma," the octogenarian who spews four-letter words as if they were a congenital curse. Filmmakers pander to an audience's base desires in many ways. This is right up there with the worst of them.
ARTHUR LAUPUS, COLUMBIA
It seems like a new trend for directors to include controversial topics in their movies in order to gain publicity, and the classic image of an old woman whacking a man with a purse just doesn't cut it anymore. I guess they decided that it was time to step it up a notch, and what's more unexpected than "granny hooking up with a young dude"?
LAUREN HAVENER, OWINGS MILLS
The stoner, gamer-geek sex humor in Grandma's Boy was not my cup of tea, but there were pockets of people in the theater that could not stop laughing. So it seems the movie creators know the tastes of their audience for sight gags, weird characters and a two-dimensional storyline.
BILL NEVEKER, BALTIMORE
THE NEXT QUESTION
Next week brings Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear as a lonely hit man and a heartbroken salesman, respectively, in The Matador. We'll buy that. But in your experience, what pair made the oddest odd couple ever in a buddy movie? Please send your thoughts in a brief note with your name, city and daytime phone number (and "Such a Critic" in the memo field) to firstname.lastname@example.org.