Grown Ups (2010)

I sure hope these guys don’t hang out like this in real life.

Comedy superstars Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Spade and Kevin James team up for a story of five childhood pals who reunite after 30 years to mourn the loss of their old basketball coach. Gathering at a July 4th celebration where their families meet for the first time, the friends find themselves acting a bit inappropriate for their age.

Looking at the trailers, I was already skeptical going into this. And none of my expectations were wrong.

This film has just some of the laziest screenplays ever written. The film looks like its centered towards the whole family, but there was plenty of sex, fart, poop, piss, death, and boob jokes, that didn’t even seem like they were supposed to be funny. There is also too much slapstick to like also. I felt like a lot of times the film didn’t have a good joke, so they just relied on somebody getting knocked in the face, or falling into poo, for a good joke. When it isn’t at all. Then at the end they have this huge emotional break-through, when the whole time their cracking jokes and making fun of others around them.

I would be lying if I said I didn’t laugh, or chuckle a little bit, but most of that was because of the cast, that no matter what, tries their hardest to bring the screenplay in full force. Adam Sandler is playing his safe card in this one, not getting too annoying, but also not being too serious. He’s just fine. Kevin James is playing the usual dude, that is always made fun of because he’s, well, fat. Chris Rock needs to go back to his old days of being the crazy-ass black man, because him being serious, isn’t helping anybody out, especially his career. David Spade is not a ladies man, and although I have always supported him, here he doesn’t do anything for me. And well Rob Schneider, is just the dude, who’s there, and gets made fun of. Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, and Maya Rudolph, are actually pretty funny here as the wives, but once again are weighed down as well. And could really any of these guys, score these major babes. I rest my case.

The one thing that made me wonder to myself is: just what the hell is going on with these comedy icons that I loved so dearly? They try their hardest, but the script just weighs their asses down so low, they can’t get back up. I’m hoping that these actors find something good sooner or later, cause now it’s just getting depressing, watching them fall worse by each film. Oh well I have faith and I know that these guys can do it.

Consensus: Grown Ups at its best is just a mindless family comedy, kind of, that has some funny moments mostly because of its cast, but the jokes, and lame script just weigh everything down to a point of where you don’t know if your supposed to laugh.



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