- Popped: 2
- Website: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/grownups/
- Rated: PG-13
Adam Sandler has gathered up his buddies at an attempt to make a summer splash into theatres. Let’s say it does not have the cannon ball effect. In Grown Ups high school friends Lenny (Adam Sandler), Eric (Kevin James), Kurt (Chris Rock), Marcus (David Spade) and Rob (Rob Schneider) reunite following the death of their high school basketball coach. Wanting to catch up and relive the glory days the group of friends travel to a sentimental lake house with their multi-dimensional families.
The escape is found to be hard for some, but quite easy for the grown men. In the days before Xbox, texting and technological babysitters these boys knew how to have fun outdoors. They find it a defeating task in trying to pass on this joy to their own children who have been living the luxurious life. Lenny’s wife (Salma Hayek) is a fashion designer, which comes with many perks. Many of those being that her children never do anything on there own due to the live in nanny. Both boys are extremely dependent on video games that once in the outdoors they are at a lost of what to do.
Eric has his own family problems with a wife (Maria Bello) who is still nursing their three-year-old son. Kurt is a stay at home fathers whose wife (Maya Rudolph) is constantly undermining him and makes him feel insignificant. Marcus is still on the prowl, searching for his next one nightstand and enjoys drinking himself to sleep. Finally Rob has found love with a woman three times his age and his friends are bewildered by his love interest and his beautiful daughters who seem to look nothing like him.
Grown Ups offered a strong cast that has some solid comical moments. However it was no different then watching a former SNL skit. There was great chemistry but many of the jokes just were duds and wound up sinking the dialogue very quickly. It was a pleasant change to see a film with comedy where it surrounds how so many of the young adults are dependant on the vast technology that they forget or don’t know how to skip a rock. If any good comes from this film perhaps it will be the lesson that children need time outdoors to be kids. Overall Grown Ups sinks rather quickly and just can’t regain the entertainment an audience would like to see. Sandler lost his touch a long time ago and that does not seem to be changing anytime soon.