When we left the group in Grown Ups, Lenny (Adam Sandler), Eric (Kevin James), Kurt (Chris Rock), Marcus (David Spade), and Nick (Nick Swardson) had just come back to town for their coach’s funeral. In Grown Ups 2, the group now apparently all live in the same small town. Since Lenny made it big, he isn’t exactly welcomed by some. Marcus has an adult-looking, psychotic kid, Braden (Alexander Ludwig). The rest of the team has their own issues, most stemming from life choices, or who they were in high school.
Or something. I’m really not sure. In fact, I really don’t know what was going on in this movie at all. Adam Sandler is still married to Salma Hayek (I don’t know how he could land someone of that caliber). Chris Rock is still married to Maya Rudolph. Now they’re dealing with mainly kid issues. An unplanned pregnancy. Kids not knowing how to stand up for themselves. Typical fare, I guess.
This movie is basically a gathering of anyone who is friends with Adam Sandler. Or anyone who was on Saturday Night Live. Or has ever spoken to Adam Sandler. The core group is the same group in every Happy Madison movie. Throw in Steve Buscemi, Colin Quinn, Tim Meadows, Jon Lovitz, Shaquille O’Neal. The list goes on and on. There is plenty of talent in this movie. And every bit of it is wasted.
The majority of the cast has shown they are capable of making a decent, if not good movie. For some reason, however, Adam Sandler and his writing team, decided to go back to the sophomoric style of movie that is his fall back. Only, he doesn’t even reach the level of Billy Madison with this one.
This is hands down one of the worst movies I have chosen to sit through. It was so bad that I fell asleep about halfway through. Even at that point, I knew it was terrible. Yet, out of some sense of duty or self-torture, we sat down the next day and finished it. I had made a special trip to the RedBox the night before and spent all of 32 cents renting it. I wanted to see if the ending was just as terrible as the rest of the movie. I was not let down. Not even the flipping, spinning wire-work of the llama faced Taylor Lautner could raise the quality of this train wreck of a movie. Not that I expected it to. I was just hoping for something, anything to make this movie palatable.
I didn’t mind the original Grown Ups. I laughed a few times. It wasn’t a bad movie. Maybe I was blinded by the fact that I grew up on this crew. I know what they are capable of. It seems they just wanted to hang out and make a ridiculous movie. My wife commented during the movie, “I wonder if while acting on this, any of them just thought ‘This is really stupid.'” I couldn’t agree more. I don’t know how they could not have had that thought at least once. Especially Steve Buscemi. I was embarrassed for him. I guess movies like this are the price you pay for being friends with Adam Sandler.
Please do not put yourself through the pain of this movie. There are so many other terrible movie choices you could that would still be better than this.