ADAM SANDLER   CHRIS ROCK   KEVIN JAMES   DAVID SPADE   SALMA HAYEK   MAYA RUDOLPH

MARIA BELLO   NICK SWARDSON   STEVE BUSCEMI   TAYLOR LAUTNER   

GROWN UPS 2

 There isn’t a lot that can be said about the sequel to Grown Ups that hasn’t already been said in my previous review or by other critics. You take a handful of actors/celebrities and throw them into a franchise that already has a built in audience (and when I say audience I mean those with mustard stains on their shirt that doesn't quite hide that drive-thru belly). On only $80 million dollars (and that’s basically just to pay the cast and crew), this lame brain script earned a whopping $132 million in cinemas! With a 7% rating from the critics on Rotten Tomatoes, you have to wonder who exactly it was that paid to see this type of garbage.

 Lenny Feder (Sandler) and his friends from high school continue to hang out even after their disastrous summer together when we saw them last. School has just let out for the summer and the guys ride around in a school bus discussing their marriages and their talents of burping, farting and sneezing at the K-Mart where they goof off. Lenny’s wife Roxanne (Hayek) wants another child, Marcus (Spade) is getting acquainted with his teenage son for the first time, and Kurt (Rock) struggles with his daughter going on her first date. While the guys pal around town, they make enemies with local frat boys led by Andy (Lautner), which leads to a big stand off at a summer party.

 At one point in the film Sandler’s character remarks that someone like Hayek’s character would only marry someone like him in a Hollywood movie. The irony is that everything Sandler has and has built all stems from his career of films being highly successful at the box office. Sandler, unlike other rise and fall box office comedians, has maintained an over $100 average for most of his films. Material that used to stem from at least minor creativity (Sandler co-wrote this script) is now just ideas and storyboarding that results in a big lack of comedy or sense. Most of the scenes that feel more like skits are chocked full of jokes about boobs, butts or “disturbing the peace in my pants”, as one character so eloquently describes it.

 Laziness has become the genre of filmmaking for Sandler and his friends. Actors who are unwilling to challenge themselves but want to maintain their lifestyle sign up for these easy comedies that require little effort but produce big returns. Director Dennis Dugan has worked with Sandler so many times now that there is no real need for the studio or the team to produce quality work because Americans will pay for it regardless and say they like it just because they like Sandler, and that’s the power he has.

 Final Thought – No plot, no comedy, so sense.

Grade F

By: Dustin Chase