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68 of 86 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2010
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I loved this movie. The casting was great. All the characters were lovable and it reminded me of how I grew up as a kid. I thought it was definitely entertaining for people of all ages but especially those of us that grew up in a time where there were no computers, no cell phones, and we had to come up with our own games to entertain us. (without getting killed)It's an enjoyable, entertaining movie with a happy ending and it promotes spending time together as a family and the importance of good friends. What more could you ask for?? I highly recommend this movie. I saw it twice and I can't wait to see it again.
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58 of 75 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2010
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I desperately wanted to enjoy Kevin James in Paul Blart: Mall Cop. I still believe it was only his lack of a strong supporting cast that kept it from being truly funny and was also what made it woefully thin on laughs. This is thankfully not the case with Grown Ups. Here Kevin James is well supported by an excellent comedy team and it works very well. My wife reluctantly went with me to see Grown Ups saying that she didn't like "slapstick comedies". Well, she laughed much more than I have heard laugh her in a very long time and she came away saying that she really enjoyed the film. The film has done very well at the box office despite many negative reviews (as did Paul Blart: Mall Cop) and it does seem to be much more popular with filmgoers than film critics. I personally think it is a much better and much funnier film than Couples Retreat. It is hard to think of Kevin James as any character other than his The King of Queens "Doug Heffernan" and David Spade really just seems to be basically playing a character much like his Rules of Engagement one, Russell in Grown Ups. An added bonus for me in Grown Ups is the presence of the very lovely Maria Bello as the wife of Kevin James. I like the film very much and I had a great time. I will definitely get it on DVD and I hope there will be a lot of bonuses, especially some deleted scenes and maybe even a gag reel.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2011
Format: DVD
***1/2

When it comes to mainstream Hollywood comedies, we've all too often found that the quality of a cast is in inverse proportion to the quality of the film (i.e., "He's Just Not That Into You"). That being the case, I had expected "Grown Ups" - which features the likes of Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek, Kevin James, Maria Bello, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, David Spade and Steve Buscemi in starring roles - to be a real cinematic turkey. Imagine my shock, then, when the movie turned out to be, for the most part at least (and we'll get to the qualifiers in a moment), a surprisingly genial, laid-back and likable movie that generates a decent number of laughs without breaking too much of a sweat.

That is a particularly noteworthy achievement given that Sandler, not exactly known for either subtlety or restraint, is not only the star of the film but co-author of the screenplay as well (along with Fred Wolf). But somehow Sandler and company (the movie was directed by Dennis Dugan) have avoided the material-given temptation of going overly-broad with the humor, choosing instead to effectively downplay things most of the way.

Sandler plays Lenny Feder, a hotshot Hollywood agent with a fashion designer wife (Hayek) and two children, who spends a weekend in the country with a group of his basketball-playing chums and their families when the boys' beloved coach from thirty years ago passes away. The guys were all part of a championship team in 1978, and they've come together to honor the man who led them through the winning season, as well as to catch up with what each of them has been doing in the interim.

"Grown Ups" is far from a perfect comedy. For every sharply humorous insight it offers about the responsibility that comes with maturity, there's a crass joke or gross-out sight-gag to counterbalance it. It's almost as if the writers just couldn't help themselves, as if it were a part of their authorial DNA.

That being said, there's much to like about this movie, particularly the performances and the sweetness it conveys when it's NOT being juvenile and crass.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
This movie felt like a Friars' Club dinner with half the one-liners missing the mark. Many of the jokes were forced and apparently not re-shot. Some of the jokes and situations were hilarious, but were then followed immediately by a clunker. It was like going to an expensive restaurant where one course would be outstanding, the next lousy. Overall, a bad experience. Nothing close to "The Hangover" and other movies that find their mark with oddball situations and shock comedy.

The story was good enough, but the writing and the delivery was often lacking.

They went for the gross-out factor in some of the situations (the old, sexually open wife, the breast-feeding mom with her 4-year old - in public), and they just didn't work.

This is one of Sandler's worst movies. Doesn't begin to compare to Big Daddy and some of his other classics. It struggled to include some of the warmth of his other movies, but at times did well in that area.

The way they inserted so many of Sandler's ex-SNL buddies into uninspired roles, it felt like Sandler was just giving his buddies a payday. He's probably the most successful guy in the bunch, and some of them have not had much work lately, except for David Spade and Kevin James, and maybe Chris Rock.

Salma Hayek was hot, as usual, but she apparently does not have comic chops. Better casting was needed.

So much about this movie didn't click. Maybe it was rushed through production. I was expecting an instant classic from this unbelievable ensemble cast, and was left very disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2011
Format: DVD
If you enjoyed seeing Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, David Spade and Chris Rock together in the 90's on SNL, then I recommend, just watching their old SNL skits again. In Grown Ups they obviously enjoy hanging out and making each other laugh since that's all the movie is about. They might as well have just recorded themselves unscripted hanging out and released it as a movie.
While the funny Kevin James is just wasted in all these Happy Madison movies as their new fat clumsy guy. Don't get me wrong, Chris Farley was hilarious, if you don't believe me, watch his SNL skits. But even he would have been wasted in this movie, even though he would have enjoyed hanging out with his buddies. The material is just flat though and these guys made each other laugh, more than they made me laugh.
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34 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2010
Format: DVD
How can you not love this movie! It has a great cast who have all outdone themselves again. I saw this with a friend and we both laughed through the whole movie. I would definitely recommended getting this!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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"Droningly predictable" is the only way I can describe this 2010 Adam Sandler cookie-cutter comedy with any clarity. Like the dehydrated banana that Sandler uses to hit Rob Schneider's face repeatedly, I felt a certain numbness sitting through the longest 102 minutes I can recall experiencing a movie at home. Working from a script co-written by Sandler and Fred Wolf, director Dennis Dugan, a longtime Sandler handler, appears to be going for a slapstick version of The Big Chill with a far more superficial sense of introspection. The story, such that it is, focuses on five elementary school buddies who gather over thirty years later for the funeral of their beloved basketball coach. With their families in tow, they turn the event into a weeklong reunion at a lakeside cabin in New England. At first, the sight of Sandler with his old SNL buddies Schneider, David Spade and Chris Rock, along with Kevin James (obviously filling in for the late Chris Farley), is encouraging given their genuinely funny ribbing of each other. I wouldn't be surprised to find out if they ad-libbed most of their lines in this scene.

However, the film quickly degenerates into a standard, "Yours, Mine & Ours"-level sitcom with heavy doses of sentimentality interspersed with goofball humor fluctuating between innocuous and tasteless. Sandler plays high-powered Hollywood agent Lenny Feder who is afraid his spoiled kids have lost touch with their humanity and the simple joys he enjoyed as a child like skipping stones. The other comics play stock roles - James as Eric, a failed lawn furniture salesman and the butt of all the mandatory fat jokes, Rock as Kurt, an emasculated, Food Network-obsessed househusband married to a career superwoman pregnant with their third child; Spade as Marcus, a womanizing horndog who refuses to settle down; and Schneider as Rob, a New age-spouting massage therapist married to a woman three decades his senior Each goes through a midlife crisis that requires some amount of personal humiliation before the power of their friendship kicks in. There are plenty of set-up scenes and sight gags that may produce a mild chuckle before the inevitable showdown with a rival basketball team.

While it's good to see fellow SNL alumnus Maya Rudolph play Kurt's wife, it is something of a head-scratcher to see actresses of the caliber of Salma Hayek and Maria Bello take such flimsy parts in this production. Hayek plays Lenny's fashionista wife as if she's auditioning for Sofia Vergara's role in Modern Family, while Bello is trivialized into a running sight gag constantly seen breastfeeding her character's four-year-old son. Familiar character actress Joyce Van Patten (Dick's sister and the director's ex-wife) has the most humiliating moments aggressively pursuing Schneider for sex. Steve Buscemi shows up late in the story as one of Lenny's hometown nemeses and ends up in a body cast for an extended sight gag. There is little else to say about the film except to say if you are not a die-hard fan of Sandler's, you should consider alternative entertainment. The 2011 DVD offers three short featurettes - two focused on the making-of aspects of the film and the third a gag reel. The Blu-Ray adds deleted scenes, a commentary track from Dugan with none of the principal actors participating, an Apatow-type blooper reel called a "Riff-o-Rama", and three additional shorts focusing on the behind-the-scenes details.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2010
Format: DVD
I have a bad habit of assuming that if big name actors come together to make a movie that it will be a fresh idea that I haven't seen before. My last mistake was "The Expendables". It's just another big paycheck for actors leaving the audience with a movie we've all seen before.

The movie starts out very promising. The kids win a game, and they have a good inspiring coach. Then the coach dies, and everything, including his death, is just one big joke. Sandler can't even get through the eulogy without making jokes. The rest of the movie is them having a good time making about a million one liners, completely disregarding the death of their coach. Who cares, right? We have jokes to tell.

I also can't help but notice that lately Adam Sandler needs to be the man in all his movies. He's always filthy rich, the overachiever, the alpha male. Did he really need to wear that Harvard shirt? We get it, Adam, you're the man. I really hope he goes back to his "Punch Drunk Love/Reign Over Me" days and starts to play a real person again.

If this was a cheesy family movie, that would be one thing. But the jokes are too mature for that. So they really expected grown adults to laugh at this stuff? It makes me wonder about the future of comedies.

I've learned a lesson though. If there are five or more big names in a movie, it's probably crap. Exceptions include animated films like Toy Story 3. And if Bruce Willis is in it, it's garbage. No, I'm not talking about Pulp Fiction. Those glory days are apparently over.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I will keep this short. The movie isnt as bad as people are saying. I went into this movie with low expectations after reading all the bad reviews, but its actually pretty funny. I think some people take movies too serious. Im just looking for a couple hours of fun, and something to keep my mind off the real world. This will do it for you. Good movie.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2011
Format: DVD
Like many people who watched this movie, I saw it because of the cast it featured. I like a good comedy and Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider are well respected and talented actors in their own way. I read many negative reviews about Grown Ups but the cast still made me want to see it. I am disappointed? Well, yes and no because I knew it wasn't going to be all that great but at the same I am because those actors have starred in good movies and would have you expect something a little better. All that considered, the film did reasonably well at the box office. The storyline goes like this: 5 childhood friends are reunited following the death of their beloved junior high basketball coach. They then decide to spend a weekend together at a lake house together and bring their families. As the title suggest you can expect to see grown up *ahem* people enjoying their moments together, rebuilding their relationships, catching up on what's been going on all these years and be immature adults. This storyline leads to interesting and funny situations and some not-so-funny as well, it hits and misses really.

I'm not saying the movie is terrible, because it's not. But it uses too many clichés and jokes you've seen a hundred times before (farts and such); it's a little predictable as well. There are some moments that you are likely to enjoy if you are a fan of these actors, I don't get how you could like these actors and hate the movie beginning to end. If you're a fan of the cast then you might want to see it, just don't expect a great movie out of grownups. I find it funny how the highest ranked reviews for this film are all 5 stars yet many reviewers are claiming this movie is horrible, it just proves how viewers will be divided when it comes to having an opinion for this movie. As far as I'm concerned, I enjoyed it for what it was and it was an entertaining film but it was nothing exceptional. 3/5 stars.
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