From Pineapple Express to Half Baked, the stoner genre has become fundamental part of the Hollywood comedy scene over the years. There's just no getting around it: weed is funny. With that in mind, if there's one stoner comedy that has deserved a sequel for the last decade, it's Grandma's Boy. Now it looks like our prayers may soon be answered. Hold on to your joints, moviegoers, because it now seems that a sequel to the 2006 Happy Madison comedy may in fact be on the way.
A new report from Film Dumpster indicates that Grandma's Boy 2 may actually be in development at Happy Madison. According to the rumors, a script for the film has been written, but development of the project slowed to a halt due to the recent death of Doris Roberts this past April. Given the importance of having an actual grandma in a Grandma's Boy film, it's clear that the filmmakers have to go back to the drawing board and figure out how to work around her unfortunate passing.
If all goes well, we may in fact finally find out what happened to video game tester and proud stoner, Alex (Allen Covert), after his video game became a success. Did he continue to live with his grandma? Is he still dating Linda Cardellini's Samantha? These deep questions may soon receive the answers we've been craving.
Grandma's Boy is something of an oddity in the annals of stoner comedy. Although it didn't perform very well at the box office when it hit theaters in 2006 -- in fact, it was a complete bomb -- the film has become a serious cult classic over the course of the last decade. Despite the fact that the movie didn't really resonate with mainstream audiences, it went on to garner a number of High Times Awards in 2006, such as: Best Pot Scene in a Movie, and Best Stoner Movie. To put it bluntly: stoners love it.
One of the biggest reasons that Grandma's Boy has resonated with this particular audience is the way in which it actually depicts stoners. Although it very clearly pokes fun at its own subculture, it also treats marijuana (and those who use it) with a far greater degree of respect and nuance than other comedies have in the past. For an R-rated comedy, Grandma's Boy is incredibly lighthearted about its subject matter, and that makes a difference.
Of course, I could sit here and try to intellectualize Grandma's Boy all day, but the fact of the matter is I just want some good, old-fashioned stoner comedy. In what other genre can you watch two guys get high with a chimpanzee in a basement?
CinemaBlend will keep you up to date with any relevant details concerning the development of Grandma's Boy 2 as more information becomes available to us. At this point there's no guarantee that the sequel will ever see the light of day, but we will keep our fingers firmly crossed.