Grown Ups 2

Grown Ups 2

Director: Dennis Dugan

Writers: Fred Wolf, Adam Sandler, Tim Herlihy

Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade, Chris Rock, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello, Steve Buscemi, Nick Swardson, Taylor Lautner, Colin Quinn, Tim Meadows, Jon Lovitz, Shaquille O'Neal, Alexander Ludwig, Georgia Engel, Peter Dante, Oliver Hudson, Allen Covert, Steve Austin, Milo Ventimiglia, Jake Goldberg, Cameron Boyce, Alexys Nicole Sanchez, Alexys Nycole Sanchez, Ada-Nicole Sanger, Frank Gingerich, Dennis Dugan, Morgan Gingerich, Nadji Jeter, China Anne McClain, Kaleo Elam, Cheri Oteri, April Rose, Ellen Cleghorne, Andy Samberg, Chris Berman, Dan Patrick

Synopsis: After moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, Lenny finds out that between old bullies, new bullies, schizo bus drivers, drunk cops on skis, and 400 costumed party crashers sometimes crazy follows you.

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude and suggestive content, language and some male rear nudity

The Best Live Action Adam Sandler movie since well the last "Grown Ups" movie

After years of abysmal cinematic crap that Adam Sandler kept giving audiences with movies like "That's My Boy", "Jack & Jill", and etc, it's about damn time he goes back to basics. Granted, this isn't one of his best comedies, but it's definitely a step up from those other god awful movies I just named.

Don't get me wrong, this is still a bad movie, but it's one of those rare bad films that you find yourself enjoying it anyway, in spite of it's flaws. Whereas "Jack & Jill", that movie just sucked. Nothing to enjoy there, as even some of the most die hard Sandler fans found themselves scratching their heads at that one.

Although I hesitate to call this a great movie even by Adam's standards, I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy watching this film. It was funny, and isn't that the point of a comedy? To make us laugh, and forget about our worries. Therefore, if you liked the last "Grown Ups" movie, or you just happen to be a Sandler fan in general, then chances are you won't be disappointed with this one. Granted, it's nowhere near as funny as the first "Grown Ups", but it's still every bit as funny as you'd expect from a Sandler film.

Unfortunately, the story often takes a backseat to the jokes throughout the film, as "Grown Ups 2" has arguably an even less of a story than the last one did. However, the protagonists all grow up a little bit by the end of this movie, as they did in the last one, and it's still a pretty entertaining ride.

Sure, by most movie standards, the plot for "Grown Ups 2" would be considered mess. However, lets be honest for a moment. Nobody ever watches an Adam Sandler comedy for a great story. And by comedy, I'm not counting "Punch Drunk Love" and "Funny People", as those were dramas with comedic elements. There's a difference. And, I'm not referring to "Reign Over Me" or "Bulletproof" either, as those are completely different films. No, I'm mainly referring to some of Adam Sandler's sillier comedies in ilk of "Grown Ups", "The Wedding Singer" and others.

Anyway, as I was saying, people watch Adam Sandler sillier comedies just to laugh, and hang out with comically written characters. Sure, it would be nice to see a better story involved, but it could be worse. We could get another "Jack & Jill" type of film again. (shudders)

The film essentially takes place years later after the first one. The whole gang ends up moving back to their old neighborhood to raise their kids. Why they do this? We're never told, but for plot convenience, we'll just have to roll with it.

Along the way, one of Adam Sandler's kids is having bully problems, which somehow forces Sandler to confront his childhood bully to teach his son how to stand up for himself. Unluckily for Sandler, his childhood bully is played by none other than "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. Gee, I wouldn't want to take him on in a fight, but whatever.

And, there's all sorts of other hijinks that pursue as well. All leading up to an epic comical showdown between the oldies led by Sandler's character, and the young college kids lead by Taylor Lautner's character.

As I said before, I wouldn't bother watching this movie if you're looking for any kind of great and/or memorable story. However, if you're just one of these people that wants to laugh at a halfway decent popcorn film, then "Grown Ups 2" is tailored made for you.

Although the story isn't exactly the greatest, there is one thing about both the "Grown Ups" movies that people often miss; which is the lesson that helps our main characters grow. In the last movie, the lesson that our characters learned was that success and winning isn't always everything, and how there's more to life than that. How sometimes even the simplest things in life are worth more than all the glory in the world.

And in "Grown Ups 2", we learn that you can't run away from your problems. It's almost reminiscent to one of Adam's best movies, "Big Daddy." Sure, the story for that film wasn't that great either, but it still made us laugh while presenting an interesting story arc for the character to grow; maybe even for the audience to grow with him.

In a lot of ways, I feel that both the "Grown Ups" movies kind do the same thing; while disguising itself as a silly stupid comedy. As for the actors, I thought everyone was funny in their perspective parts. Granted, it's sad that Rob Schneider wasn't brought back for the sequel, but the film still manages to carry on anyway. David Spade seems to take the place of Rob, by being the guy that everyone else picks on now for his taste in women, and grotesque looks.

Adam Sandler and Chris Rock still play the whimsical smart asses of the group; while Kevin James still plays himself in every part he acts in. As for Taylor Lautner, I was fairly impressed by his performance. In fact, he's arguably one of the best actors in this movie, as he not only plays a great college jerk, but he's surprisingly very funny. If anything, I would like to see him play more roles in comedies like these.

Although I doubt this movie will win any kind of major movie awards, nor do I expect this to be the biggest hit of the summer, it's still fairly entertaining to watch for what it happens to be. However, I would advise my readers to wait until this film comes out on DVD/Blue-Ray before checking it out, as it's not worth seeing in theaters at a rating of two and a half out of four.

Good comedy, but not great. However, it's refreshing to see Adam Sandler return to form again after giving us such lousy substandard movies over the years. Let's just hope he doesn't regress again....


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