Adam Sandler (Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer) and company reprise their roles as the adolescence group of misfits in Grown Ups 2. Director Dennis Dugan sets up the gang back in their hometown as Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler) transplants his family to get away from the chaotic city lifestyle.
The opening sequence, as seen in the commercials, where Sandler and Selma Hayek (Desperado) are awakened by an elk was a good chuckle. But the majority of the movie was your typical stereotypes that were used for comical influences. Kevin James (I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry) as Lenny’s best friend Eric, is the owner of a car mechanic shop who is still attached to his mother’s nurture, to which uses with great effect to escape his husbandly duties.
Chris Rock (Down to Earth, Dogma) plays Kurt, who’s using his wife Deanne’s forgetfulness as a trump card as Deanne played by Saturday Night Live alum Maya Rudolph, forgets their wedding anniversary. David Spade’s character Marcus is having father/son issues as he is united with his illegitimate son, a tough bad boy who intimidates his father due to the lack of involvement he had during his youth.
Each major actor and even their on-screen kids have their own sub plot in the movie which helps push the main storyline through. Sandler and Co. deal with trying to avoid their jobs, wives and parental duties for the majority of the movie and the less than memorable encounters with the nearby fraternity who uses their frat boy antics, led by Taylor Lautner (Twilight) to bully the old gang around. The movie itself is a who’s who of credited and unaccredited cameos that make the movie as funny as it can be.
Shaquille O’Neal as the local police officer, comedian Nick Swanson as the school bus driver, Steve Buscemi as the weird townsman, Stone Cold Steve Austin (WWE) as Sandler’s childhood bully, Andy Samberg (That’s My Boy) and the rest of the Lonely Island Boys, Will Forte (McGrubber) and pretty much every past SNL cast mates like Tim Meadows, John Lovitz and Colin Quinn who also had a hand with a lot of the comedic sequences as towns folks! Even Aly Michalka (Easy A), David Henrie (Wizards of Waverly Place), Erin Heatherton (Victoria Secret Model) and YouTube sensation Jimmy Tatro had small parts in the film!
Overall the film itself is mediocre as it feels like a movie that showcases main actors who are past their prime. You’ll get a few laughs, but more so from the sexist and homophobic jokes that are scattered throughout the film. But that’s really all it has. Even the ending of the movie just left you with a big FU, when you realize you wasted 90 minutes watching a bunch of old people attempting to hold their own with kids half their age!
The first Grown Ups was almost manageable; but Grown Ups 2 is a movie that will help you past the time, during a matinee showing when you don’t have anything else better to do.
Rated PG-13 for: Crude humor and mild action.
Run time: 101 minutes.
After Credits Scene: None
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Selma Hayek, Taylor Lautner, Maya Rudolph and Steve Austin.
Director: Dennis Dugan
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 2.5 / Acting: 1.5 / Directing: 2.5 / Visuals: 1.5
OVERALL: 2 out of 5 Nerdskulls
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