Lenny has relocated his family to the small town where he and his friends grew up. This time around, the grown-ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises: the last day of school. Lenny has relocated his family to the small town where he and his friends grew up. This time around, the grown-ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises: the last day.
Genres: Comedy, Sequel Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes Release Date: July 12, 2013 MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for Rated PG-13 for crude and suggestive content, language and some male rear nudity.) Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing
Cast And Credits
Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek
Adam Sandler, Jack Giarraputo, Barry Bernardi
The partyâ€™s over, fellas,â€ says Adam Sandlerâ€™s character, Lenny, to his buddies in â€œGrown Ups 2.â€ â€œWeâ€™re irrelevant.â€ And though the box office may disagree, his words arenâ€™t far from the truth. The first â€œGrown Ups,â€ in 2010, grossed more than $271 million worldwide; the sequel will probably rival that amount, reaping lavish dividends for Mr. Sandler and his co-stars, many of them his fellow â€œSaturday Night Liveâ€ alumni. Once again Mr. Sandler milks middle age for lucre, nostalgia and clunky, ham-fisted humor. But he has cause for concern.
As often happens in follow-ups to hit movies, connective logic flies out the window: Lenny and his family have now left Los Angeles for his New England hometown, and his friends â€" girthy Eric (Kevin James), henpecked Kurt (Chris Rock) and randy, single Marcus (David Spade) â€" seem to have moved onto the block. Three are joined by their wives (portrayed by Salma Hayek, Maria Bello and Maya Rudolph, all talented performers slumming here). The â€œSNLâ€ parade continues with Jon Lovitz, Tim Meadows and Colin Quinn in smaller parts. (Playing a pronounced corporate supporting role: Kmart.)
There are numerous plot threads, woven haphazardly. Mr. Spadeâ€™s character meets his son, a delinquent raised by a distant ex; Mr. Sandlerâ€™s objects to his wifeâ€™s desire for another child; Mr. Jamesâ€™s feels ignored by his spouse; and Mr. Rockâ€™s has earned a â€œget out of jail freeâ€ pass from his missis for a day because he remembered their 20th anniversary. Husbands, you see, are oppressed; wives are demanding.
Oh, a gang of fraternity lunks threatens the boys for daring to swim in their cherished childhood quarry lake. When Lenny throws an â€™80s-themed costume party (pop goes the nostalgia!), the Greeks invade, and a free-for-all commences in which age battles callow youth and townies fight collegians (dubious class warfare conducted on Lennyâ€™s expansive property). For humor, there is flatulence and urination (favored motifs from the first installment), belching, vomiting, simulated defecation, abundant leering and jokes about mannish women and feminine men.
This is pap, plain and simple: scattered raunch-lite devoid of emotional resonance. At best, it sells itself on the spectacle of a TV showâ€™s cast reunion â€" and even then it disappoints. With the debacles of â€œThatâ€™s My Boyâ€ and â€œJack and Jill,â€ Mr. Sandler has increasingly squandered his comic capital. His onetime â€œSNLâ€ brethren do themselves few favors â€" beyond a paycheck â€" by working in his orbit.