Adam Sandler, David Spade, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, Kevin James, Maya Rudolph, Salma Hayek, and Maria Bello are Grown Ups…. Dennis Dugan directs this coming of age tale about a bunch of grown ups that have already become of age.
Adam Sandler plays the successful friend, the one who feels like he has to hide his social status from his friends. Kevin James plays the unsuccessful friend, the one who feels he has to hide his social status from his friends. Chris Rock plays the house husband, the one who feels he has to hide his social status from his friends. David Spade plays the perpetually single friend, the one who feels like he has to hide his social status from his friends. Rob Schneider plays the guy who likes older women, the one who feels like he needs to his social status from his friends.
If Chris Farley were still alive, he would play the same character as Kevin James and the movie wouldn’t suck as much. As it is, the movie sucks. It just seems likes Adam Sandler wanted to hang out with a bunch of SNL friends and make a mediocre movie. Mission accomplished. This movie kind of sucks.
There are a few good moments and redeeming qualities about this movie. They stress the importance of being a kid and being outdoors. If you are a kid, standing by a lake, and you have a smooth stone in your hand, you are obligated to skip that stone. It is an essential step to obtaining manhood. There are a lot of funny moments and moments that you can relate to. But this whole movie falls flat. It just seems rushed, like it’s a TV movie and not a theatrical production. It feels like they just tried filming a scene two or three times, called it a day and moved on. A lot of key moments just end up being unrelatable, but you see the genuine intent behind them.
This is not a great movie. It is not a bad movie. It is not a mediocre movie. It is an Adam Sandler movie, and it will make you laugh. It will not change your life; it will not affect your world. Watch it, enjoy it, like it, and move on. It’s funny, but isn’t required viewing.
Critically Rated at 11/17