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Review: Grown Ups 2

July 13, 2013

grown_ups_two_ver4Grown Ups 2

  • Starring: Adam Sandler (Happy Gilmore), Salma Hayek (Here Comes The Boom), Chris Rock (Madagascar) and more.
  • Directed by: Dennis Dugan (Jack and Jill)
  • Synopsis: “The all-star comedy cast from Grown Ups returns (with some exciting new additions) for more summertime laughs. Lenny (Adam Sandler) has relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. This time around, the grown ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises: the last day of school.”
  • Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude humor and content, brief nudity, language and suggestive material.
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Let’s just get right into it, shall we? While this weekend’s other wide release, Pacific Rim, is a giant amount of awesomeness (Read my review here. You MUST go see it!), Grown Ups 2 is, unfortunately a giant mess and waste of time.grown-ups-2-01

I defended Adam Sandler’s films Grown Ups and Just Go With It (I own both of them) in my reviews due to the fact that I very much enjoyed them. Critics and moviegoers all over derided both films and lumped them in the same category as Sandler’s horrible films Jack & Jill, You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, That’s My Boy and such like. After the fun for me that was Grown Ups, I am very disappointed in conceding to the fact that there’s a reason that Sandler continually wins so many Razzie awards for the “Worst Ofs” in movies. 130711_grown_ups2_lg

In my review of Grown Ups (read the entire review HERE) I stated:

I was relieved that there were more funny parts than just what I saw in the previews. I laughed alot. In my opinion, Sandler got the right balance of comedy and drama in this movie to bring about a great message: Sometimes in life, we all just gotta stop and have some fun, and stop being…well, Grown Ups!

Grown Ups 2 is just about the exact opposite. What a disaster! 

Do you see Salma Hayek and Maya Rudolph’s faces on the poster above? I imagine that is exactly what expression was on my face almost the entire time I sat there watching Grown Ups 2. A comedy should make you laugh more than just 4 times in 100 minutes. (side note: the rollercoaster scene in the poster above wasn’t even in the movie!)

The cast was one of the best parts of the first one. The return of the originals provided hope that there would be greater laughs and character development among them all. (Note: Rob Schneider did not return to be a part of Adam Sandler’s first sequel due to scheduling conflicts. I think he just knew how much of a stinker this film was and had his agent create some other projects for him to be a part of instead. Smart move, Rob.) Instead, Sandler makes the classic “sequel” move and adds tons more actors/characters and they all pretty much stink (with the exception of a few funny quips from Shaquille O’Neal). Shaq, Andy Samberg and the SNL crew, Alexander Ludwig, Nick Swardson, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Taylor Lautner, Milo Ventimiglia, Jon Lovitz and more join in on the fun but serve almost no absolute purpose at all in this comedy that isn’t.GROWN UPS 2

Full of moments with badly computer generated animals, fart jokes, nonexistent character development, over-the-top antics reaching for a laugh or two, plenty more attention to Salma Hayek’s boobs, cheerleader carwashes and pranks on the in-laws the film has something to try to appeal to broader comedy audiences but is over-convoluted and ignores the simplicity and, dare I say, heart-warming family parts of the first that gave it more reason to be appreciated. (There is no lack of eye-candy for both guys and girls in this comedy…undoubtedly to hopefully distract and mask how horrible the film is itself.)cheerleaders

For those that loved the first (the few of us that are in existence), keep that one in your memory and avoid this big waste of time. I will say, that it is always smart for a sequel to be able to keep the same characters played by the same actors. That continuity is just about the only thing positive I can mention about this film that is full of unnecessary characters, scenes, jokes and storylines. Everything that even remotely made Grown Ups fun wasn’t put into the sequel (Remember the hilarious “shoot the arrow into the sky and run from it when it comes down” game? Nothing like that here.)grown-ups-2-tv-spot-1

I didn’t expect much from Grown Ups 2 already. I enjoyed the first one, but now, I am ready to tell Adam Sandler: Grow Up already…and stop working with director Dennis Dugan! This movie is ultra-immature and not funny. Skip it!

My Score: 0.5 out of 5 stars for Grown Ups 2 —that’s worse than Identity Thief which didn’t make me laugh at ALL.

But…You don’t have to take my word for it:

Erin W. “Although there were quite a few laughs, it was overdone with scenes that had no use being in the movie. I guess it was exactly what I expected.”

Fogs @ Fogsmoviereviews.com “This movie made me wonder if anyone involved had an ounce of pride in their work. It certainly wouldn’t be evidenced by their willingness to appear in this clumsy, unfunny, juvenile piece of garbage, that’s for sure.”

(Remember, to read this review of mine and over 250 more, check out THE ARCHIVE of movies I have reviewed anytime. Know before you go…or rent…or buy!)

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Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

-T, The Focused Filmographer

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. July 13, 2013 1:27 pm

    I love seeing my own quotes. I always think… did I say that? :D

    Yeah, this movie stunk out loud. Abominable. Sandler continues his awful ways (I know you see a bright spot or two in his recent run, but for the rest of us, its just been this level of movie again and again and again) :roll:

    The man has to be stopped! 8O

    • July 14, 2013 4:30 pm

      haha. yes, this movie stunk. No other way to say it. Yeah, I did like 2 of his more recent ones, but I do want him stopped now. I think I’ll just keep watching Billy Madison from here on out.

  2. July 13, 2013 1:55 pm

    Great review! Was hoping this to be good as the first one :)

    • July 14, 2013 4:31 pm

      Thanks. I was too. But I had doubts from the beginning and then…those doubts became reality. Just keep the first one in memory and don’t bother with this one.

  3. July 13, 2013 4:00 pm

    Why is Salma Hayek involved in this? I mean, I understand Sandler’s cronies, they never had careers anyway (which is why it’s a shock Schneider didn’t repeat). But Hayek? She’s better than this. She’s better than the entirety of Happy Madison’s output.

    • July 14, 2013 4:32 pm

      Hayek perhaps was part of the sequel only because I’m willing to bet Sandler paid her extra in order to have her in the film and attract more audience members. She was in the first and was a fun part of it. I would’ve enjoyed this far less…far far less…if she weren’t in it. I owe her thanks! :)

  4. July 13, 2013 5:17 pm

    Ha ha, see, I made the choice long ago to never again see a sandler film before a bunch of other, unlucky saps did first. That way, their opinion on said film would dictate whether I wasted my money. Thankfully, that’s some bucks staying in my pocket. Nice write up, Terrence! And thanks for taking a hit on this one.

    • July 13, 2013 5:23 pm

      Not that I’m calling ou a sap for going and seeing it, but some people love Adam sandler and I’m still waiting for them to admit that he’s a dreadful actor, even worse producer and creates films (if you can call them films) that bring nothing to society nor leave any lasting creative legacy other than a steaming pile of crap.

      • July 14, 2013 4:33 pm

        haha. I did indeed take the hit on this one. I don’t love Sandler by far, but I had hoped he’d do something better than this. haha. Thanks for the fun comments

  5. July 13, 2013 6:13 pm

    Hell Yeah! Love the review! I’m not going to see this of course even when it comes out! I did enjoy Just Go With It! It was fun and funny to me. BUT these Grown ups ones aren’t really my cup of tea and Adam Sandler is scary bad in most newer roles…
    I have a crazy hatred of Rob Schneider..I don’t think he’s funny so part of me hopes he was in this to make it even worse…haha! But apparently he knew when to stop? I don’t know…

    • July 14, 2013 4:34 pm

      Hey Kim! Thanks. Yes, I am glad you loved the review…better than going to the movie and hoping to love IT. Oh man what a disaster.

      Glad to see you enjoyed Just Go With It too. I thought it was fun and watch it often.

      yep, well if you especially didn’t enjoy Grown Ups…do NOT go see the sequel. :)

  6. July 14, 2013 1:51 pm

    I’m still getting over the part where you said you enjoyed the first one…

    • July 14, 2013 4:34 pm

      HAHAHA. I make no apologies! LOL

  7. July 18, 2013 5:22 am

    I decided to just give up on Sandler movies which I think has been a wise decision.

    • July 18, 2013 11:26 am

      haha. Def a wise decision my friend! (sadly)

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