Nothing Grown Up - or Funny - about Grown Ups 2
- Monday, July 15, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 5, 2013
Theatrical Release Date: July 12, 2013
Rating: PG-13 for crude and suggestive content, language and some male rear nudity
Run Time: 101 minutes
Director: Dennis Dugan
Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek Pinault, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello, Nick Swardson, Steve Buscemi, Tim Meadows, Jon Lovitz
There’s nothing grown up about Grown Ups 2. It's billed as a comedy, but there's nothing funny about it, either. Unless perhaps you’re an adolescent boy whose parents were ill-advised to let you see this string of sex gags and bad attitude masquerading as a major motion picture. As the minutes drag by, one sexual innuendo follows another, occasionally interrupted by reckless stupidity, childish name-calling, and bad behavior by everyone on the screen.
What were they thinking? There are five credited writers, including star Adam Sandler, which is amazing considering there's no story and nothing that resembles a script. What on earth did they do to earn their paychecks, sit around and drink beer all day until they came up with recurring plot points like the "burpsnart" (a simultaneous expression of bodily functions only an adolescent male could love)?
The basic premise is this: Lenny (Sandler, That's My Boy) has moved his family from Los Angeles to his hometown so his kids can grow up with his friends' kids. Viewers spend the day following Lenny and his buddies around town as they go from one immature stunt to the next. Apparently none of these grown men has any concept of responsibility; they're happy to spend their time goofing off and hiding from their wives, women only slightly more adult than their husbands. Since the town's police force seems only too willing to join in the "fun," there’s no one to tell this bunch of middle-aged losers 'no' except a gang of hostile frat boys.
The friends' escapades range from treating K-Mart like an adult playground to ogling the dance teacher at Lenny's daughter's recital to exchanging insults with the frat boys and jumping naked off a cliff. It’s like they're trying to make Diary of a Wimpy Kid, adult edition—minus any of the charm, heart, or values of that popular series for kids. At their age, these wimpy adults should know better. Meanwhile, their children are busy crashing a college beer bust; at least the high schoolers have the sense to pour out their beer and only pretend to be drunk. The younger offspring are up to charming pranks like defacing school property and pouring gallons of paint on the school principal. All things considered, Lenny's family would have found more wholesome surroundings in Hollywood.
Potty humor rules the day, sometimes literally: there are several pee and poop sight gags. The sexual innuendos and situations are so rampant there's no way to list them all, but a car wash run by cheerleaders had to be one of the most repugnant. The cheerleaders in question—male, mind you—apparently thought washing a car was just a front for a soft porn film audition. They clean the windshield by squirming across it in bulging, wet, white short shorts that leave nothing much to the imagination. One licks the car window suggestively. The man in the car is revolted but his wife practically has her tongue hanging out. Classy it's not, but by this point in the film that's the kind of behavior viewers have learned to expect.
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