January 13, 2011
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Director: Dennis Dugan
Writer: Adam Sandler/Fred Wolf
Producer: Adam Sandler/Jack Giarraputo
Starring: Adam Sandler/Kevin James/Chris Rock/David Spade/Rob Schneider
BBFC Certification: 12
Duration: 102 minutes
It seems that Adam Sandler movies are like Marmite; you either love them or you hate them. Personally, I like Adam Sandler movies as even though some of them have flaws, they still make for an enjoyable watch. The latest movie he has had to offer is Grown Ups, which isn’t really a particular favourite amongst quite a few people, but it’s not as bad as everybody is making it out to be. Sure it shouldn’t win any awards and it’s not the best comedy movie ever but it doesn’t deserve a very low score as there have been worse movies than this. The movie is about five friends who reunite for a holiday weekend after thirty years in memory of their former basketball coach. Grown Ups offers a great comedy cast which includes Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade and Rob Schneider and offers a few decent laughs but other than that, this movie is pretty much worthless. The story is close to non-existant and cliché and the plot is extremely thin with the movie solely relying on it’s characters and the humour. Unfortunately, this was a mistake for Grown Ups to make as the characters hardly have any personality to them. Sure you had them doing different things but their personalities are identical and they hardly stood out from each other. While the cast weren’t fantastic as their characters, they were good enough and they added some much needed comic value to some of the more mundane scenes in the movie.
Grown Ups had some light-hearted laughs that shouldn’t be taken seriously at all but there were quite a few scenes when the humour felt too forced and as a result, they failed to make you laugh or even smile. The direction isn’t good as the movie felt like it was just a bunch of scenes happening without reason that hardly tied in with the story or the plot. Grown Ups is basically what happens when five famous comedy actors get together for a weekend holiday. It’s not offensive in the slightest and it makes sure that, for over a hundred minutes, it doesn’t offend anybody whatever age they are. While it is a good thing that they have made a movie for all ages, Grown Ups would have been a much better movie if it took a leaf out of The Hangover’s book. If Grown Ups had slapstick humour for adults along with a funny storyline and great characters, it would have been a much better movie. However, the movie is nowhere near good but it’s good for a one-night rental if you like any of the stars in the movie.
Overall, I think that Grown Ups is a decent-enough light-hearted comedy that had thrown character development and story out of the window and tried too hard to make you laugh but it’s intentions was good. Adam Sandler leads in what is hardly the best comedy of 2010 but it’s not the worst movie of the year either. Alas, Grown Ups is a forgettable comedy that feels like it was being made up as the movie went on instead of planned properly. Still, it’s good to see the lead actors having a good time with the movie.