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Mama's Boy -- A twenty-nine year-old slacker who lives with his mom realizes his sweet set-up is threatened when she hears wedding bells with her self-help guru beau.
Mama's Boy -- A twenty-nine year-old slacker who lives with his mom realizes his sweet set-up is threatened when she hears wedding bells with her self-help guru beau.


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Writer (WGA):
Hank Nelken (written by)
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14 December 2007 (Canada) See more »
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A twenty-nine year-old slacker who lives with his mom realizes his sweet set-up is threatened when she hears wedding bells with her self-help guru beau. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jon Heder ... Jeffrey Mannus

Diane Keaton ... Jan Mannus

Jeff Daniels ... Mert Rosenbloom

Anna Faris ... Nora Flannigan

Eli Wallach ... Seymour Warburton

Dorian Missick ... Mitch

Sarah Chalke ... Maya

Mary Kay Place ... Barbara

Adam DeVine ... Alhorn

Simon Helberg ... Rathkon

Rhys Coiro ... Trip
Hank Doughan ... Young Jeffrey (as Hank Dougan)

Laura Kightlinger ... Mert's Secretary

Dennis Cockrum ... Bus Driver

Hank Nelken ... Richard

Mark Griffin ... Fire Chief

Ben Crowley ... Skater Punk
Jonah Ray ... Ogre
Dinker Mehta ... Papa John's Pizza Guy

Jenny Ladner ... Alison
Evan R. Mehta ... Kid in the Video Arcade
Jeremy Kramer ... Frito's executive
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Chris Kerner ... Boyfriend Football Jock

Sabrina Wiese ... Female Wizard

Marcos Akiaten ... Shaman (uncredited)

Luke Barnett ... Cool Guy Skater (uncredited)
Yuki Bird ... (uncredited)

Rocky Bonifield ... Cheerleading Coach (uncredited)

Lizz Carter ... Linda Receptionist (uncredited)

Geoffrey Gould ... Computer Store Customer (uncredited)

Jessie Graff ... Wrestler (uncredited)
Lola Jensen ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Lyralen Kaye ... June Price (uncredited)

Richard Kreps ... Paramedic (uncredited)

Evan Peters ... Keith (uncredited)

Evan Shields ... Guy at Skatepark (uncredited)

Directed by
Tim Hamilton 
Writing credits
Hank Nelken (written by)

Produced by
Mike Aho .... producer
Steve Carr .... executive producer
Ravi D. Mehta .... executive producer
Heidi Santelli .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Mothersbaugh 
Cinematography by
Jonathan Brown 
Film Editing by
Amy E. Duddleston 
Casting by
Jeanne McCarthy 
Production Design by
Jon Gary Steele 
Art Direction by
David Eckert 
Costume Design by
Shay Cunliffe 
Makeup Department
Marie Larkin .... key hair stylist
Ann Masterson .... makeup department head
Medusah .... hair department head
Heidi Seeholzer .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
David E. Hall .... post-production supervisor
Sandy Lizaola-Hernandez .... production supervisor
Ravi D. Mehta .... executive in charge of production
Gordon Wolf .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Curtis .... second second assistant director
Gregory J. Pawlik Jr. .... key second assistant director: additional photography
Brendalyn Richard .... assistant director: reshoots
Brendalyn Richard .... second second assistant director
Sunday Stevens .... second assistant director
Eric Tignini .... first assistant director
Art Department
Joe Bergman .... leadman (as Joseph Bergman)
Robert Bernard .... graphic artist
Chuck Courrieu .... on-set dresser
Gene Darnell .... set designer
Rob Garlow .... construction general supervisor
Werner Hoetzinger .... leadman
Holiday Landa .... art department coordinator
A.J. Lekowski .... props
Candice Muriedas .... art assistant
Jaudi Negri .... set dresser
Joe Ondrejko .... construction coordinator
Joel Ruiz .... set dresser
Trey Shaffer .... graphic designer: re-shoot
Aaron Sowd .... storyboard artist
Sheri Watson .... set decoration buyer
Candice Muriedas .... art department consultant: reshoots (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Don Coufal .... boom operator
Sara Evans .... playback operator (as Sara Glaser)
Sara Evans .... utility sound (as Sara Glaser)
J. Aloysius Flanagan III .... first assistant sound editor
J. Aloysius Flanagan III .... foley editor
Bruce Fortune .... co-supervising sound editor
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
David Giammarco .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig Kyllonen .... adr recordist
Ryan Maguire .... foley mixer
Robert Maxfield .... utility sound
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Howard Neiman .... co-supervising sound editor
Gregory H. Watkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeff Wexler .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Larry Fioritto .... special effects coordinator
Steve Newquist .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals
Peter Frintrup .... title producer: main titles
Chris Jensen .... digital intermediate colorist assist
David R. Morton .... digital effects artist
Danita Slaughter .... digital opticals editor
Casey Allen .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Thomas Nittmann .... visual effects producer: Lola Visual Effects (uncredited)
Chris B. Schnitzer .... director of visual effects: Warner Bros. (uncredited)
Edson Williams .... visual effects supervisor: Lola Visual Effects (uncredited)
Ryan Zuttermeister .... associate visual effects producer: Lola Visual Effects (uncredited)
Ryan Fitzgerald .... stunt double
Kathy Jarvis .... stunt driver
David Leitch .... stunt coordinator
Ed McDermott II .... precision driver
George Mederos .... stunts
Darrin Prescott .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerald Autin .... grip
James Barrett .... best boy electric
Erik Bernstein .... rigging gaffer
Kirk Bloom .... second assistant camera
Erik L. Brown .... first assistant camera: "a" camera and Steadicam
Colin J. Campbell .... gaffer
Joe Chouchanian .... second unit: best boy grip
Tulio Duenas .... film loader
Miles Gutkin .... grip
Joe Kelly .... key rigging grip
Darren Michaels .... unit still photographer
Landon Ruddel .... co-key grip
Cary Sachs .... electrician
Sean Smith .... electrician
Henry Tirl .... Steadicam operator
Henry Tirl .... camera operator: "a" camera
Nicole Turegano .... additional loader
Casting Department
Nicole Abellera .... casting associate
Joanne Bloom .... casting assistant
Carla Lewis .... extras casting
Deedra Ricketts .... extras casting
Leslie Woo .... casting intern
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Lax .... key costumer
Katie Saunders .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Paul Allia .... digital colorist
Paul Covington .... associate editor
Eileen Godoy .... digital intermediate producer
Aidan Stanford .... film color timer
Alex Turtletaub .... apprentice editor
Sean Wimmer .... post-production executive
Music Department
Bob Casale .... music mixer
Bob Casale .... music programmer
Jon Goldberg .... composer: additional music
John Kaefer .... composer: additional music
Erich Stratmann .... music editor
Ernie Mannix .... music editor (uncredited)
Lodge Worster .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael Antunez .... transportation coordinator
Miguel Lozano .... driver: honeywagon
Kenneth A. Owen .... driver: special equipment (as Ken Owen)
Other crew
Gary Anderson .... stand-in
Michael Betz .... assistant location manager
Billy Bonifield .... production coordinator
Brinton Bryan .... key set production assistant: additional photography
Aaron Buchsbaum .... production intern
Darren Bulmer .... production intern
Josh Climo .... production intern
Jennifer Cobb .... first assistant accountant
Malika R. Cohen .... assistant production coordinator
Jaime Daly .... location assistant
Tova Dann .... executive assistant: Mr. Heder
Brad Davis .... production accountant
Mathew Ferrante .... production secretary
Kathryn C. Galberth .... assistant production coordinator: re-shoots
Ruben Guevara III .... production intern
Susan Hegarty .... dialogue coach: Jon Heder, pre-production
Russ Honican .... main title designer
Jason Inman .... set medic
Polly Johnsen .... studio executive (uncredited)
Candice LeClaire .... payroll assistant
Jill S. Litwin .... set production assistant
Peter Lowe .... chef
Gregg Martin .... stand in: Simon Helberg
Eddie Merino .... key assistant location manager
Patrick Mignano .... location manager
Matt Miller .... set production assistant: additional photography
Carolina Maria Mora .... production assistant: re-shoots
Cindy Nevins .... payroll accountant
Denis O'Sullivan .... assistant: Tim Hamilton
Neal Prosansky .... production assistant
Susan Reccius .... studio teacher (as Susan Recchius)
Brad Robinson .... set production assistant
Josh Rudnick .... on-set assistant
Kari Tyler .... accounting assistant
Carrie Tyson .... production coordinator: re-shoot
Kimberly Wasson .... production intern
James Barbour .... stand in: Adam DeVine (uncredited)
Tammy Maples .... animal trainer (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated PG-13 for language including sexual references, and some drug use
Germany:94 min (European Film Market) | USA:93 min | Argentina:94 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

There is a scene filmed at the Burbank location of PC Club, a small computer chain that at once was nationwide but went bankrupt in July 2008.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: In the scene when Nora drops Jeffrey off after coming back from Arizona, just as he punches the air in rage and the camera backs up, the camera's movement backwards disturbs a plant in the bottom of the shot.See more »
Jeffrey Mannus:You can't win my affection back with Manwhich!See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Donkey Kong (1981) (VG)See more »
She's Got a New SpellSee more »


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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A redemption comedy requiring kindness in the viewing, 8 August 2009
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

It's clear that Jon Heder is a controversial comic actor. 'Napoleon Dynamite' was a great favorite among young people, some of them of course, and established immediate cult status, but is dismissed by many. Heder is a comedian who is more than willing to play the fool. His performances are effortless; they just flow out of him naturally. He becomes whatever embodiment of absurdity he's handed, be it a geeky high-schooler ('Dynamite'), a preening skate star ('Blades of Glory'), or a lazy young adult who's turned into an a-hole due to his fear of facing life on his own ('Mama's Boy'). Unfortunately Heder's embodiments are so successful some audience members can't separate the actor from the role, and they turn on him. 'Variety's' stringer critic in the only mainstream review you can still find online says, completely inaccurately, that Heder is simply doing a reprise of his 'Napoleon Dynamite' role in'Mama's Boy.' The consistent panache with which Heder impersonates obnoxious geekiness every time doesn't mean it's the same character. Each of those three has his own quite separate motives and personality.

But like I said, Jon Heder is an acquired taste, one many seem incapable of acquiring. People find Jeffrey's up-front selfishness (again, not meant to be taken seriously) so repugnant, reactions to the whole film become so totally negative right off the bat that comments show a misreading of practically every main character, except maybe Anna Faris' Nora Flanagan. She is a caricature too, but nobody seems to mind or even notice. But like Daniels' Mert, she's nice to Jeffrey until she can no longer be, and Jan (Ms. Keaton) can never be any other way with him -- that is, till tough love finally forces her to ask him to move out.

Actually this is very nice stuff -- deceptively so: viewers seem to mistakenly suspect something much more negative and ugly about to happen, but if you read Jeffrey carefully, his meanness is only skin deep. It's rare that any movie, let alone what appears at first a rather dark comedy, is so full of human decency. After all, even Jeffrey tries to do harm, but winds up not really succeeding. It's because of this prevailing decency that Jeffrey can convincingly come to his senses and become in his turn a good person, like Jan, Mert, Nora, and Seymour.

This is an age-old function of comedy: to reunite people and bring about redemption. Despite a strong tendency revealed on this site to reject this movie and declare it a clinker, it could never be that with a cast of this caliber doing very good work. And it's not a clinker at all, just a low key comedy that, if you tune into it, has some good laughs and leaves you with a good feeling.

Jeffrey, the useless slacker who's living off his mother at 29, is Heder's most darkly conceived character so far. It's essential not to take him too seriously. It's all just a pose, though a pretty sad one, if taken seriously. Otherwise, everyone delivers fine performances, and they play it pretty straight. Ana Faris is a superb comic actress, but she's astonishingly real and natural in her scenes with Jeffrey. Her performance allows us to see that he could be attractive, if he would stop being weird and using people. Diane Keaton also is real and natural as his mother, and Jeff Daniels, a splendid and supple actor in a role that could be made maudlin or a caricature, also turns out to be a good guy, who treats Jeffrey as if he were normal, hoping that he will turn out to be in the end. This is a comedy about redemption. Of course the 'Say Anything'-mimicking ending is a little too easy, but hey, this is a comedy, and a pretty simple one. Eli Wallach's old man tells Jeffrey "I'm 91 f---in' years old": this great, tireless character actor actually is that age in real life. And Wallach has acted in six more movies since this one was made two years ago. What a guy! And overall, what a great cast! And let's not forget to mention the always interesting Mary Kay Place.

This film seems to have been virtually dropped from the Web's records. It was reviewed when it came out briefly in theaters, but now all you can find is a scattering of mediocre and superficial DVD reviews and, because it promises to keep a record of all the films that come out, the one in 'Variety.' Unfortunately the 'Variety' critic, like too many of the Users on this site, did not take a very close look at what he was writing about, and his observations are of very little use. Fortunately there are a few who recognize that this is, though not a great piece of work, a quite entertaining and watchable one, in which good actors give winning, natural performances, and Heder again shows his special fearlessness and ease at embodying a comically repulsive (but underneath not unappealing) young man.

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