|Grown Ups 2
Starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade
Truth be told, I didn’t outright hate Grown Ups. It wasn’t a very good movie, but this is Adam Sandler we’re talking about, so anything involving him, comedy, and the words not very good come hand in hand. But the movie made me laugh at a few scenes and I’m not talking about a slight chuckle, I laughed. Apparently so did other people because Grown Ups became one of Sandler biggest movies. So after two films that got people to question whether or not Sandler is losing his Midas touch, in walks a sequel to a movie no one was asking to have a sequel but then becomes a sequel that is a direct result of Sandler maybe feeling his star fade away and this his answer to getting that back. Grown Ups 2 isn’t very good..duh…and it’s even worse than Grown Ups. But God damn it, this one made laugh…not as often or as hard as Grown Ups did, but does that really matter? I just admitted I laughed at an Adam Sandler movie. Its okay, I’ve dealt with worse things. Not many, but some.
And the one question that surrounds Adam Sandler these days is how much he really cares anymore. Since his movies tend to end up what should only be joke films found in other movies. So does he not care or is it a case of Sandler being too scared to try something new, since his shtick has made him millions upon millions of dollars? Well, Grown Ups 2 will certainly fuel the fire for the former, but I think it may be the latter theory that plagues Sandler these days. I don’t even know if there is a plot in Grown Ups 2, more like a series of SNL skits, the ones found in the last half hour of the show, stitch together for an hour and a half and the only continuity is the presence of Sandler and gang (David Spade, Kevin James & Chris Rock).
But here is the movie premise, if you can call it such, in a nutshell. Sandler and his family (which includes Salma Hayek) move back to the town in the first movie. They want a simple life, but yet live in a house that might possibly be bigger than George Clooney’s & Brad Pitts combined. So he and the gang get together, hang out, go to K-Mart and plan a party for that evening. Then they get into a scuffle with a fraternity (led by Taylor Lautner, who just may bring the best acting in the entire movie). Then they have the party and the frat boys return, they get into a scuffle and the movie ends. Yeah, Maria Bello and Maya Rudolph are back, yeah there is a subplot involving Spade having a son from a one night stand, but it doesn’t even matter, because this is just one SNL sketch gag after another. But God damn it, it made me laugh.
The weird thing about this movie and its predecessor, is deep down, there is an interesting comedy just waiting to come out. The idea of getting older, but yet still trying to hold on to your kid beliefs is something we can all relate to (and more surprisingly was captured, although probably by accident, pretty well in Jackass 3…go figure). And these movies; had Sandler taken a chance on people with real talent to write and direct these films, might have had something. But this is where Sandler’s inability to jump out of the box curtails him.
And you may be asking, what was it that made me laugh? Well the scenes involving Chris Rock’s characters young son and his dancing. Little quips by Spade (well, basically just David Spade being David Spade), a car wash scene…that was pretty much it.
Grown Ups 2 will probably make money, giving Sandler, at least for a few minutes, a chance to breathe a sigh of relief. And while this isn’t as bad as Jack & Jill or That’s My Boy, its just a notch or two above Scary Movie 5. You want to see a comedy this weekend, go see This is the End…or see it again. But if you’re really yearning for an Adam Sandler movie…just watch The Wedding Singer again.