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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.Read more ›
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.
eight year old boy. Admittedly, this movie is not appropriate for an 8 year old, but our kid got "spoiled" sometime back. (We put another dollar in the future-therapy glass jar.) As I posted in the other Sandler review (Bedtime Stories) I can go along with "low brow" so long as the movie sticks to its premise and is true to itself. This movie did, and it is funny. Yes..it's mostly (if not all) potty and low-brow, but it's funny and the movie is well-crafted. Yes, it's another vehicle for Sandler and his buddies to get together, have fun, and get paid a fortune...and for Sandler to be married to the "hot babe." Still, as far as movies go, "it is what it is," and that just "ain't so" with so very many movies---often the ones that aspire to be "high brow"
or more than they can live up to be. So, if you're ok with childish meets child-like humor, this was fun. My kid and I still quote several lines.
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It was a funny movie, but was a lot of just back and forth disses without a plotPublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Cute movie but I like all the characters in it. It has funny parts and has a good plot for families.Published 12 days ago by Angel
You need this .. it is fun better than 2.. But you better get that one too..Published 15 days ago by Max Hudson