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Grown Ups (2010)

A movie directed by Dennis Dugan starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade, Rob Schneider and Chris Rock

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A VERY low comedy

  • Jun 28, 2010
There's all sorts of comedies out there. There's the high-brow satirical ones, the low, bawdy comedies (a friend of mine once asked, "Are pornographic BBS's baudy?" None of you under 20 will get that), the surreal comedies, the slapstick and the romantic. A good comedy film (or book, or TV show), can be any of these categories. Some of the best cross through many of them. But all these comedies have one thing in common: they must be funny. A good comedy can offend. It can shock. It can rock your worldview. But the only thing that matters is that it's funny. This simple concept appears to have eluded the grasp of Adam Sandler and Fred Wolf, the writers of Sandler's newest "comedy", Grown Ups.

Friends, I do not exaggerate when I say I did not once laugh at this movie. I didn't laugh, snort, giggle, guffaw, chuckle, chortle or any of those things. I half-smiled two (2) times in vague amusement, but otherwise I spent much of my time rolling my eyes, sighing in exasperation and looking at my watch at what was essentially a reunion movie for the cast of Saturday Night Live circa 1990 - 1995. We all know what quality years those were.

The movie tells the story of a group of friends (Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James and the always unwatchable Rob Schneider), as they meet up for the funeral of their middle-school basketball team coach. Most of them have met with reasonably high levels of success, especially Sandler's character who is married to a fashion magnate and lives the good life in the Hollywood area.

Through the movie they of course reconnect, have fun little moments with their families, engage in the sort of gross-out humor required of films like this (though to be fair, there's not as much of that as I expected), and they generally put the audience to sleep.

Several of the main jokes fall flat. Schneider's character is dating a much older woman, and they occasionally kiss and are affectionate. Ho-ho. Also he has two insanely hot daughters and one rather plain one. Ha-ha. Chris Rock's character's mother-in-law is a fat, loud, sassy black woman who farts a lot. Lol. Kevin Jame's character is so fat that he can't go water skiing and causes the boat's motor to fall off. Tee-hee. Steve Buscemi (?!), plays a man who gets horribly injured, is put into a body cast and sneaks out of the hospital the next day to go partying with his hands pointing straight upward the entire time. Giggle.

As the movie progresses, we have a Big Moment where everyone's little secrets come out, several implausible scenes of alleged comedy (like a guy peeing in a pool, finding out it turns the water dark blue, and then doing it again en masse with all his friends), and meet the guys who our heroes beat in the big game (also played by various 1990s SNL stars), haven't let go of it and lead sad, pathetic lives. If you guess that by the end of the movie, they'll all be in a big rematch, you get a prize. The prize is seeing a better movie than this one.

There's so many points where this movie goes wrong, and many chances where it could've gone right. Really, it's just an all-around waste of time and effort on the part of everyone involved, most of whom have made good movies (though Rob Schneider is an exception). It's quite sad. There's room for some decent material here, but clearly no one had an interest in making a decent film. All they wanted to do was make this, and if that's not depressing, I don't know what is.

I will say this for the movie: at least it's not The Tooth Fairy.

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review by . July 21, 2010
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I am a recent "convert" of Adam Sandler and Kevin James' humor. Originally, I couldn't stand their slapstick comedic takes, many of which I felt were stupid or insulting to women. After watching a few seasons of King of Queens, I warmed up to Kevin James. Adam Sandler was a little more difficult to like because many of his films were practically the same plot structures, which becomes boring and predictable. The movie that first caught my attention was 50 First Dates. To this …
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Grown Ups I remember the first time I saw the trailer for this movie; it had me on the floor hyperventilating, why? Well because this film has bunch of the funniest comedy actors all together that’s why. David Spade, Kevin James, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock andRob Schneider, Hell as a kid I basically grew up on these guys movies. (Yes and Disney’s to) So this movie was defiantly a first day watch for me.       Grown ups is about five friends who after thirty years …
review by . July 13, 2010
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review by . October 29, 2010
isn't half bad as far as these movies go, and I like its emphasis on family. However, the humor in Grown Ups is just really odd and random at times. Not infrequently, there will be something that's supposed to be funny, but just isn't (like an old black grandmother farting). The biggest problem with the movie though is that it seems rushed. It was heading towards an interesting confrontation, but all of the tension is resolved within a few minutes and a group conversation. It's almost like the director …
review by . June 25, 2010
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Somewhere within "Grown Ups" is a film that can be taken seriously. There are good themes at work: Friendship, family, generation gaps, the ups and downs of marriage, whether or not aging is the same as maturing. The problem is, none of it shines through the murk of its incessant low grade comedy; rather than make us laugh with genuinely funny material, writers Adam Sandler and Fred Wolf rely on juvenile jokes that put all emphasis on unrealistic personality quirks. It's all character and no development. …
Quick Tip by . September 18, 2010
It takes a little time for the film to find its footing, but by the end I was giggling so hard I had tears pouring down my cheeks. The overall message of the film was good as well -- family and friends are what brings joy in life, while money and things are fleeting.
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Adam Sandler and his frequent costars (Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, and Rob Schneider) grope blindly for maturity in the genial comedyGrown Ups. Five childhood pals are drawn back together after the death of their former basketball coach; over the course of a Fourth of July weekend, they--along with their wildly attractive wives (played by Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph) and precocious children--loosen up, try to introduce their kids to the simple pleasures of nature, air some dirty laundry, and rediscover their friendship. In other words, it's a fairly formulaic comedy that veers awkwardly from gags (ranging from slapstick to mean-spiritedness) to sentiment (ranging from sappy to not entirely sappy). Its appeal will depend entirely on your feelings about Sandler and the rest of the gang--if you like this bunch of lugs (in all their prolonged adolescent glory), then you'll like this movie. If you don't, you won't. Everyone's in relaxed but good form; affable is more the comic goal than razor sharp. Expect gags about being fat, being old, prolonged breast-feeding, ogling hot chicks, flatulence, etc. There's some role reversal: it's the women, particularly Hayek as a type-A fashion designer, who need to learn the eternal cinematic lesson that family is more important than work. Featuring guest appearances from Tim Meadows, Colin Quinn, and Steve Buscemi.--Bret Fetzer

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Movies, Comedy Movies, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, Rob Schneider


Director: Dennis Dugan
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: 25 June 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Adam Sandler
DVD Release Date: November 9, 2010
Runtime: 102 minutes
Studio: Columbia Pictures
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