Grown Ups 2
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Crude, sophomoric sequel doesn't improve on original.
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Fresh: Friendship, family and breasts: Sometimes that's all you need.
- Adam Graham, Detroit News, Friday, July 12, 2013
Rotten: None of the stars are trying very hard, and so the most memorable presences are the cameos: If nothing else, Grown Ups 2 will go down as the only film in history to find room for Steve Buscemi alongside "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
- Adam Nayman, Globe and Mail, Thursday, July 11, 2013
Rotten: This is pap, plain and simple: scattered raunch-lite devoid of emotional resonance.
- Andy Webster, New York Times, Friday, July 12, 2013
Sandler is back in the sandbox. As are his playfellows from the original (save for one Rob Schneider) on top of a myriad of familiar faces of variable celebrity status. Steve Buscemi, Salma Hayek, comedy music group The Lonely Island (to mention a few). Moreover, to cover the teen demographic: Twilight-star Taylor Lautner. And nope, he can't act in this movie either. Again you get the impression that the pleasure is largely the the ensemble's. Another easy paycheck. Another opportunity to regress to early childhood with the best buds. But what about the rest of us? We who came to be entertained and for something resembling a story? That the latter can fit on a thumbnail, I can live with. Something about parenthood, generation encounters and dealing with demons of the past. All in accordance with the regular Sandler template, which in reality is just filler between the true motif of the film: farts, burps and Family Guy-esque slapstick. Aimless and without any higher ambition. A dumb film doesn't necessarily have to be a bad film though. Just look at the Jackass trilogy, a spiritual relative in the context. Not for all tastes perhaps, but there were at least laughs to collect and a creativity in the stupidity. So even here, although calling Grown Ups 2 creative is like sprinkling glitter in the toilet bowl. Maybe it's because I got carried away by the young, infectiously guffawing audience. Or possibly was it the 80's nostalgia and all the semi-amusing celebrity references. But this wasn't quite as insufferable as I had first imagined. Neither the best nor worst I've seen by Sandler and the gang, and if you're into the special brand of humor, I'm sure you'll get something gratifying out of this one as well. And vice versa.
- CloudStrife84, Wednesday, August 21, 2013
**1/2 The first "Grown Ups" is basically Adam Sandler and his buddies clowning around at a cabin. Here, it's basically him and his buddies, clowning around in a small town. Only this time they all have small problems in their lives and this piss off a fraternity lead by Taylor Lautner(who is hilarious here) and have to contend with them. Kind of the old guys against young guys. This movie doesn't reinvent the wheel, just takes what worked in "Grown Ups" and gives more of it. I think it's about the same in terms of laughs, and it is entertaining just because you can tell these guys are having a blast making this. The cast is all funny, especially cameos by Dan Patrick and Shaq. Actually, they're not all funny, I thought Nick Swardson was bad in this. I used to think he was awesome, but lately, I dunno what it is, but he is just more annoying to me than anything. You either like Adam Sandler movies, or you don't(I think he's awesome!). He's made some bad movies lately("Jack and Jill" was horrible), but this isthe type of movie he does best. If you don't like him, then you'll hate it. If you do, you'll enjoy it for what it is, but it probably won't be anywhere near your favorite.
- fb100000145236770, Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Really? a sequel? by now I'm sure we all know what happened and how this film somehow managed to sail high in the charts beating 'Pacific Rim'. Obviously Mr Sandler has a strong core fanbase that will endure anything he throws at them, and boy does he throw some stuff!. The plot is errr...geez I dunno really, there isn't a plot, this film is virtually one skit after another much like SNL. We are still following Sandler's character and his hectic family life, alongside him we are also still following the lives of his best friends too...and that's it. The only thing is there isn't really any point to what happens throughout, its just one set up for a silly childish joke, then on to the next silly childish set up. I guess this wouldn't be too bad if the jokes were funny, you look at classic spoof films like 'Naked Gun' or 'Airplane' and they are merely a collection of visual gag set ups. This film is the same accept the gags are tired, unoriginal and infantile, basically your standard toilet and sexual functions humour. Believe it or not but I actually found this sequel slightly enjoyable in places and better than the first, yep that's right. The main reason for this was the quite horrendously cringe worthy performance by Taylor Lautner and his snobby frat pack which was pure parody excellence. The other reason was the party finale where everybody dresses up in fancy dress, yet they all looked really good haha. Seriously they just looked really good, especially the guy as Tom Cruise from 'Risky Business'. Plus I must also give kudos for the big punch up in the finale which is completely farcical but a definite guilty pleasure in terms of sheer lunacy. I guess it gives you what you pay for, its not like anyone won't know what they're getting themselves into when they go to see this. You see an Adam Sandler film for certain reasons and this film delivers those reasons. So on one level it does its job, the problem is, it is pure pointless garbage in all honesty. The fart and belch gags with James were the worst thing in this film, I mean really Kevin...I thought you were a better comedian than that.
- phubbs1, Wednesday, October 30, 2013