Title – Grown Ups 2 (2013)
Director – Dennis Dugan (That’s My Boy)
Cast – Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello, Nick Swardson, Shaq, Taylor Lautner, Steve Buscemi
Plot – After moving his family back to his home town, Lenny (Sandler) is learning to deal with new issues as a parent all the while spending time with his best friends and planning for a wild party celebration that could come unstuck thanks to some crazed college students led by frat boy Andy (Lautner).
“Look at this! Beers on ice, hot ladies everywhere, this is how we used to do it”
Review by Eddie on 17/02/2014
I asked myself a couple of questions around 15 minutes into Grown Ups 2, Denis Duigan’s Adam Sandler starring opus on life, love and the importance of family. The first question I asked myself internally was “Why am I watching Grown Ups 2?” the second question and much more harder to answer was “Why am I finding this movie funny?”. It’s a truly scary question that one can ask themselves when what they are admitting to is willingly laughing at a film that has been universally panned by anyone over the age of 10 and a film that on face value is nothing more an excuse for a bunch of Happy Madison alumni’s getting together and getting paid to be immature. How wrong they all were.
Grown Ups 2 is a touching and life affirming tale that shows us all that we need not care about working our daily jobs, just take the day off and wonder around town with your best friends and talk about high school and the good old days of partying and womanising and consequently running into Shaq. It’s a realistic and brave decision by Duigan to not back away from the message and tell a tale that despite not knowing it we all needed to hear. Much can be taken away from what our hero’s led by Sandler as rich family man Lenny Feder experience in their journey from overcoming past traumas by jumping naked of a cliff, fighting back urges experienced from watching attractive school dance teachers or getting your car washed at a College hand wash.
The cast are all back after their ground-breaking and industry changing work on the first film and all acquit themselves well to the material, with Sandler in particular stretching himself with his return as the rich family man, James as the mummy’s boy fat man, Spade as a womanising jobless trailer trash lost cause and Rock as a loud mouth Black man who cracks hilarious jokes that are not 10 years too late. A supporting cast featuring future Oscar nominee Taylor Lautner and a not slumming it in the slightest Steve Buscemi also add great depth and heart to a script which asks the hard questions and goes for the non-signposted joke at any available chance.
Now dear readers as I asked myself the hard questions upon watching this film I now ask one of you – “Did you believe any of what you just read?”. If you answered yes then shame on you, for what Grown Ups 2 is is a film that does not in any way shape or form try and be better than it should be. Jokes and effort are always aimed at the lowest common denominator and for all seriousness no one from actors through to director cares for they know they will be making money and undoubtedly enjoying their time doing it. I truthfully did find myself against all the good in the world enjoying moments in the film upon the opening 30 minutes but all goodness was quickly drained with a movie story that has to be one of the lamest ever committed to celluloid. If you’re looking to turn off your brain, your heart and all sense for the greater good Grown Ups 2 is first up on that given night but in the end is another sad and sorry step in the career of all involved and proof that Lautner could do worse than his turn as Jacob Black. Oh the humanity!
1 and a half “burp snarts” out of 5