Grown Ups Movie Review

Grown Ups Movie Review


You know how sometimes you go to a movie and you know it’s full of a bunch of actor buddies who just crack each other up and you have fun just watching them have a good time? Well, this isn’t that movie. It’s not that the movies cast, Rob Schneider, Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade aren’t cracking each other up and having a good time. Oh, they are. It’s just that you aren’t. It’s like going to a really bad party.

Columbia Pictures new movie release, which opened June 25th, is a bunch of middle-aged guys at a middle-aged guy reunion and you are unlucky guest, unless you happen to be a HUGE Adam Sandler fan. These folks are going to enjoy this movie because it harkens back to the good old days when the young Sandler was known for giggly silliness, rather than his recent forays into adulthood (“Funny People” and “Reign Over Me”).

Grown Ups Movie was directed by Dennis Dugan, director of several of Sandler’s movies, including “You Don’t Mess With Zohan” and “I Now Pronounce you Chuck and Larry”. Sandler is the co-writer, with Fred Wolf, of the script. None of these guys seems to have worked too hard at either job, as there’s lots of ad libbing going on.

In “Grown Ups”, Sandler, who plays Lenny Feder, is a Hollywood agent married to a fashion designer, played by Salma Hayek, and father to three spoiled-rotten kids. He meets his friends, for the first time in thirty years, to attend their old basketball coach’s funeral.

Kevin James is the nice guy buddy with a beautiful wife, played by Maria Bello, who still nurses their four year old son. Chris Rock is also married and his pregnant expecting wife is played by Maya Rudolph. His gassy mother-in-law is played by Ebony Jo-Ann. Rob Schneider is married to a much older woman, played by Joyce Van Patten. Spade is the only single guy and plays an immature womanizer.

In a shout to The Big Chill, the group gets together after the funeral at a beautiful Lake House on the East Coast and then spends time at a waterpark where they have such good times as peeing in one of the pools and eying Schneider’s curvaceous daughters. It’s unfortunate that more was not made of the talents of Salma Hayek and Maria Bello.

The movie should have taken a big hint from classy music directors Michael Dilbeck and Brooks Arthur who filled the movie with great oldies including tunes by the Kinks and the J. Geils Band.

Some guys never grow up, and if that’s your “thing” enjoy! Everybody else should go to one of the other good movies playing in theaters now.


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