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Grown Ups
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 21:14

grown_ups_poster2You would think that this many of the most popular comedians joining forces and combining comedic brain power could come up with a better script! Adam Sandler, David Spade, Chris Tucker, Kevin James and Rob Schneider join up to coast on their popularity in this mess of a movie. I found myself wishing that Grown Ups was a little more grown up.

Sandler and his buddies play childhood friends who hook up again when their old junior-high basketball coach passes away. They spend a summer weekend together with their families at a lake house to reminisce about old times. That’s about it for plot.

The boys of Grown UpsEach of the guys has a quirky trait to poke fun at throughout the movie – Tucker is a stay-at-home dad; Spade is still a slutty bachelor; James is overweight; and Schneider is a naturopath married to a woman twice his age. Sandler’s character is the most normal – he gets to be rich, with a beautiful wife (played by Salma Hayek) and spoiled brat kids who text the nanny when they want a snack.

The gals of Grown UpsAlmost all of the funny parts are shown in the preview – so if you laughed then, prepare to laugh at all the same jokes during the movie, repeatedly, as they are done to death. Fart jokes, personal insults and a few kicks to the man-bits about sum up the humour. Some of it is funny and some falls flat - I’d say the ratio is about a 20% success rate. The problem with Grown Ups is that it relies heavily on the brand-power of its cast rather than on any kind of script or creativity.

There were some little kids in the theatre that shouldn’t have been there and although the preview might look like Grown Ups is a family comedy, it isn’t. Those people that brought your 6 year olds should have made a trip to see Toy Story 3 instead.


Directed by Dennis Dugan, starring Adam Sandler, Chris Tucker and David Spade.

The cast contains at least 6 former Saturday Night Live alumni.