Grownups 2

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Dennis Dugan directed several comedies including Grown Ups in 2010, and he has once again teamed-up with Adam Sandler in Grown Ups 2. Beginning exactly where Grown Ups left off with Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler), his wife Roxanne (Salma Hayek) and their kids preparing for summer after moving back to his Massachusetts hometown three years earlier. Lenny’s problems begin when Roxanne hints to him that she wants to have another kid while Lenny tries to sidestep the issue. His summer is plagued with an old bully, a run in with angry college guys from a frat house, a crazy “girlfriend” from grade school, and a very weird school bus driver. Lenny and his childhood friends Marcus Higgins (David Spade), Eric Lamonsoff (Kevin James), and Kurt McKenvie (Chris Rock) plan a big 80’s party at Lenny’s house for the summer. His friends have their own issues with Marcus finding out he has a teenage son and Kurt runs into trouble trying to make his wife Deanne (Maya Rudolph) feel guilty when she forgets their anniversary. Eric has his own marital problems when he spends too much time with his mother because his wife Sally (Maria Bello) isn’t giving him enough attention. The original Grown Ups was a hit because of its sweet and loveable story. In this sequel, the story is still engaging and funny, but it lost some of its appeal. The innocent comedy is gone and in it’s place there are juvenile jokes and loads of bathroom humor. The writers probably wrote the jokes and the rest of the script on toilet paper while they were in the restroom. It honestly seemed like just a bunch of skits from Saturday Night Live connected together. Speaking of Saturday Night Live, you will also see several of the alum including Tim Meadows and Colin Quinn. This film is so stupid it’s funny and if you don’t go in with high expectations you just might love it. (Of course, I may wake up tomorrow with 20-20 vision.) I actually left the film with sort of a smile on my face and I’m giving it a C- rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA