Flash Movie Review: Grown Ups 2

Someone, please hand me a breath mint because I still have a bad taste in my mouth from this wretched film. Usually a sequel will show some kind of growth for its characters, but not this one. Coincidently, I recently attended my high school reunion. Visiting with former classmates was real special. We shared memories and laughed at some of the crazy things we did while attending school. The thing that separated us from the characters in this movie is we grew up. The closest I found to a story line in this celluloid catastrophe was Lenny Feder, played by Adam Sandler (The Waterboy, Happy Gilmore), moved his family back to his hometown, where he grew up with his old friends Eric, Kurt and Marcus; played by Kevin James (Here Comes the Boom, Paul Blart: Mall Cop), Chris Rock (Head of State, Down to Earth) and David Spade (The Benchwarmers, Tommy Boy). The lack of a story made for a dull series of infantile jokes and gags; some that had no relevance to what the characters were doing. In fact, I found some of the jokes offensive. With Adam being credited as one of the writers, all I can tell you is the writing was lazy. It seemed as if the characters were thrown into the story just to give Adam’s friends a job. What I did not understand is why someone like Steve Buscemi (Rampart, Boardwalk Empire-TV) would agree to do a cameo as Wiley. I thought he was successful and making decent money. As for some of the other actors in cameo appearances, it was obvious they needed a paycheck. There was nothing I found redeeming about this film. I did not find anything funny about people with flatulence or indigestion. There are two reasons why I gave an extra 1/4 star to my rating of this so called comedy. The first has to do with the cast. Without naming names, this film is doing taxpayers a favor because it included several actors who would otherwise be collecting unemployment benefits. The second reason is for the complete shock I had that Rob Schneider (The Hot Chick, Deuce Bigalow franchise) was not part of the cast.


1 1/4 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on July 15, 2013, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I’m assuming David Spade is one of those who needs the paycheck. And you’re right, not Steve Buscemi. Oh, and not Chris Rock, either, he’s doing very well with his stand -ups.

    • Very good on your actor choices. If you have not seen Chris Rock’s Good Hair, check out my review. It was a wonderful movie; he doesn’t need to be in this crap.

  2. wow, tell us how you really feel lol. it is always a plesure to read these reveiws first thing iin the morning. keep it up my freind it always puts a smile on my face and starts my day well. THANK YOU

  3. It is sad that this movie beat out Pacific Rim, I really enjoyed that film. Though both were beaten by the family film Despicable Me 2.

  4. Alastair Savage

    You’ve done us all a big favour by watching this movie for us…

  5. Thanks for taking that bullet!
    I think the smartest thing Sandler could do for his career would be to let someone else (someone relevant and funny) write and produce his movies. His jokes have gotten so lame and repetitive! And I seriously think he continues to make movies just so he can slobber all over hot actresses.

    • Though I did not go into details I found his jokes racist, sexist and homophobic. You are right about Adam letting someone else do the writing and producing. An example is his movie Reign Over Me; I reviewed it some time ago. It was one of his best films. Thanks for coming by.

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