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Grown Ups 2 (2013)

Review by CJ

Grown Ups 2

Director:
Dennis Dugan

Starring:
Adam Sandler, David Spade, Chris Rock, Kevin James, Salma Hayek

Other notable appearances:
Steve Buscemi, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Andy Samberg, Jon Lovitz, Shaquille O’Neal, Milo Ventimiglia and, if you’re into that sort of thing, Taylor Lautner

Running time:
101 minutes

Watch this if you like:
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Grown Ups 2 takes us to three years after the original where Lenny Feder (Sandler) and his family have moved back to the town in which he grew up and are living the “normal” life. The movie shows a day in the life of Lenny, his childhood friends; Eric Lamonsoff (James), Kurt McKenzie (Rock) and Marcus Higgins (Spade), and their families.

Grown Ups was the first film starring Adam Sandler I watched where I not only thoroughly enjoyed it but laughed out loud. So, with that in mind I went to see the sequel thinking it would be a slightly toned down version of the first.

I don’t really know where to begin. The movie had no real plot and no real purpose. Halfway through the movie I found myself wondering where it was going and why it had been made.

The dialogue was composed nearly completely of extremely crude “humour” and the few parts I did find funny throughout the movie, I had already seen in the trailer. One running joke throughout the movie revolved around the sophomoric concept of a “burp snart” – a combination burp/sneeze/fart. By the time the reference was used at the conclusion of the film, I tried but couldn’t stop my eyes from rolling.

Some jokes were even made, it seemed, just to incorporate friends of the main cast or to cash in on the tween audience. For example, the first scene featuring Jon Lovitz was neither funny nor necessary to the film. Taylor Lautner seemed to be well and truly phoning in his role as the obnoxious jock, but not having seen other movies he has been in, I am unsure if this is just his standard style of acting.

Even two of my favourite comedians and comedic actors, Spade and Rock, couldn’t save this movie from itself and the obvious fact that it did not need to be made. It didn’t seem the movie even wanted to be made.

I don’t like giving negative reviews of movies without trying to find at least one positive aspect of the film. Unfortunately, the best I can do for this one is that the banana choc-top from the snack bar was very nice.

Rating: 1/5

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