The Grover Complex (2009) – By Duane L. Martin

Grover (Fernando Noor) has a little problem…literally.  See, Grover was born with a small penis.  His brother was too.  Apparently they inherited it from their father.  After Grover is embarrased and shamed by Bambi (Heather Tocquigny) the girl he’s in love with, but is not actually together with when she gives him a drunken crotch rub in the car on the way home from a party and then starts laughing and tells her drunken friend in the back seat that he’s got a small penis, Grover develops a complex about his diminutive manhood.

Later, he’s masturbating to porn and measures himself after being teased by his brother, and then he calls his brother in to compare sizes.  After being utterly shocked at his big his brother’s is, he comes to find out that his brother’s been taking these penis enlargement pills.  He agrees to share them with Grover, and they do work, but unfortunately, only temporarily.

As if that’s not bad enough, throw into the mix the fact that Grover goes to film school, and along with his two friends, manages to make films that are so bad, they get ripped on hard by the teacher every single time.  Not only that, he has to endure all the ass kissing the teacher’s pet Ricky (Tristan Scott-Behrends) gets.  Ricky is one of those artsy, full of themself types with an ego a mile wide, and is constantly belittling Grover.  Add to that, the fact that Grover’s dad passed away, and his single mom is now dating the sleazy head of the film school, and now he’s moving in with them!  Basically, Grover’s having a pretty crap time of it.  The rest of the film involves Grover basically struggling through life, trying to finally get the girl he’s loved for years, dealing with his small problem, trying to keep Ricky away from Bambi, dealing with his weird home life and generally trying to survive it all.

I have to admit, I didn’t know what to expect out of this film.  I kind of expected it to be more serious, but it was actually pretty fun throughout.  While I can’t identify with the main character’s problem, I do feel for him.  I think pretty much any guy who sees this movie would feel for Grover.  In fact, even though many of the characters in this film were just side characters, the relationships between them actually worked quite well.  I did think that the Wilkins (Read MacGuirtose) character was a bit too cartoonish at times, as was Grover’s friend Ron (Matthew Moy), but it didn’t really matter because all the characters in this film were interesting, fun or fun to hate.  Ricky, Grover’s arch-nemesis was particularly smarmy and fun.  He’s the kind of a guy that doesn’t need to advertise the fact that he’s an ass, because being around him for ten seconds would tell you everything you need to know about him.  I also particularly liked Grover’s relationship with his brother Fabio (Jesse Aguilera).  They fought like you’d expect brothers to fight, but there was a bond there that went deeper than anything.  It was nice to see, and their relationship with all the back and forth of them screwing with each other was really fun to watch.

Technically, the film was quite well made.  The sound was generally good throughout, the editing was nice, the lighting was done well and the camera work was excellent.  The shots were really well thoughout out and each scene was nicely planned visually.  All in all, this was a really well made film from a technical standpoint.

It’s nice, it’s fun, it has characters you can care about and it’s well made.  What more could you ask for in a film?  This is definitely one you’ll want to check out.

If you’d like to find out more about this film, you can check out the film’s website at http://www.thegrovercomplex.com.