I am a huge Kevin James fan and have not missed one of his films at the theaters, so of course I had to go see this film. Add in that I am a huge David Spade, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, and Rob Schneider fan and I just can’t have a bad time at this movie. Now I will say from the get go this film is not for everybody and I have noticed that some people just don’t get this film. This film is basically what the title says, growing up, and well finding your self again as well. This film was not meant as one of Sandler’s usual over the top comedies and it is not one of is more serious films either, this film is some where in between. It also helps if you can identify with the characters in this, and it also helps that there is a scene in which Salma Hayek rivals her snake dance scene in “From Dusk Till Dawn” for her sexiest look ever.
The film is about five childhood friends who are reunited after their school basketball coach passes away. It is here that they decide to spend the weekend together and reconnect with the families that are driving them crazy. Here is the thing about this film it is really not only about the grown ups finding themselves again but about their kids becoming kids. If you get these going in you will have a good time with this flick, I also love that the friends spend the whole time shooting one liners at each other and making fun of each other. Sure it sounds mean but that is exactly what me and my friends do so I could identify with the characters. Now this is all in good fun trying to one up the other and is absolutely a real thing that real friends do, well at least with guys not sure about that ladies. But I will say that my girl joins in with us so I can say some of the women out there do this at least.
Written by Adam Sandler and Fred Wolf and directed by Dennis Dugan you know what kind of film you are in for. But it is with the script and the direction that things do go wrong a bit. The script is lacking a little if you are looking for an over the top laugh a minute comedy, but if you are looking for a more realistic one this is for you. The one thing that is not up for debate is the performances, they are top notch here. I’ll start with my boy Kevin James and once again he is perfect here. He plays a family man that seems to be living a great life but has a wife that still breast feeds his 4 year old son. David Spade much like is role on the Happy Madison produced TV series “Rules of Engagement” is the loner playboy type still looking for women all the time.
Chris Rock plays a stay at home dad who is underappreciated much like any stay at home parent, never understood that in this society. Rearing kids and taking care of basically everyone of the family member’s lives as well as the house is the most important job. Don’t get me wrong whoever is the person in the family out there working to pay the bills and feed the fam is just as important, and well that is what Rock’s part of the film is saying. Both jobs are vital in the family, don’t know why that turned into a rant. Rob Schneider did a great job here as well as the Earthy, one with nature type who happens to love older women, much older women. Of course Adam Sandler plays the big shot Hollywood guy with a fashion designer wife, so of course they are living very well. Also one of the greatest actors ever Steve Buscemi is here in this flick along side Colin Quinn and Tim Meadows as some jealous jerks from the boy’s past.
Now while the boys have been promoted as center stage in this film the ladies play just as big a role in this film and do so wonderfully. Joyce Van Patten, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello, the hilarious Ebony Jo-Ann and of course the always super hot Salma Hayek. They are all excellent in this film as the wives and in Ebony’s case mother in law of the guys, all do an excellent job. But I can’t help but tell you that at one point in this film Salma Hayek is in a cheerleader outfit with pig tails and well just looking like every boys fantasy. This scene rivals her snake dance scene in the excellent “From Dusk Till Dawn” has just plain great to watch, I need a drink of water.
Well now that we have that out of the way I must say that I had a great time watching this movie. I took my girl and her Nieces and nephew to see this flick for part of her Birthday week, my Bro came as well. And yes I said her Birthday week, I decided I would do something special for her each day out of the week for her. Any way maybe all of them adding to the atmosphere mixed with I am a fan of all of these guys and well mixed with Salma Hayek looking so, well any way I enjoyed it. Where is that drink of water?
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