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Grown Ups
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Nov 8, 2010 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Dennis Dugan

Actors:
Adam Sandler
Kevin James
Chris Rock

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Adam Sandler fulfills on a promise to help all his friends get work.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The plot synopsis above is all you need to know about GROWN UPS. Since the movie was first announced it was pretty obvious the whole project was just a flimsy filmic excuse for Sandler and Co. to spend a couple months hanging out by a lake and having fun. And that’s exactly what it feels like. The loose plot of the high school coach’s death is just a way to get everyone together in one setting, and it’s all but abandoned after the first 15 minutes. In fact, there’s really nothing going on in the movie, in terms of things like story, conflict or character arcs. There’s a basketball rematch at the end with some of the character’s old school enemies, but that entire subplot has about 3 minutes total devoted to it.

The rest of GROWN UPS is a series of “funny” scenes with no connective tissue, mostly Sandler, Spade, Rock, James and Schneider literally sitting around ad libbing, goofing off and making fun of each other under the guise of a good-natured family comedy. There’s fat jokes, sex jokes, old people jokes, fart jokes, poop jokes, urine jokes and David Spades naked ass. There’s also touching moments of serious drama, like when Sandler’s daughter discovers that there’s no tooth fairy.

In short, if you’re a fan of Adam Sandler’s recent output of family-friendly shtick, you’ll probably enjoy GROWN UPS. If a group of pretty much every SNL alum from the 90s, including Maya Rudolph, Colin Quinn, and Tim Meadows, is your dream movie cast, this is the movie for you. For everyone else that expects more than average, it’s fairly worthless. Except for all the parts that involve Rob Schneider getting made fun of—those were acceptable.
THE EXTRAS
Laughing is Contagious (4:03): A look at how much fun everybody had on set, with special attention to the filming at the water park. There’s very little of substance (as expected). Most of this could be kept in the gag reel section.

Gag Reel (3:50): Lots of cursing and some David Spade ballsack (censored, thank God).

Cast of GROWN UPS (7:09): Look at that, all the stars are friends and they had a great time filming this! Each person gets some face time through interviews, even Norma MacDonald who’s in the movie for all of 5 seconds. Like the film, it’s lighthearted and shallow, thought there is a Paul Blart joke thrown in.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
GROWN UPS is exactly what you expect—an excuse for Adam Sandler and his friends to hang out and in the process make a thoroughly generic and predictable comedy. It’s really no better or worse than any of Sandler’s recent movies, which, as a big fan of BILLY MADISON and HAPPY GILMORE, is pretty sad.

Extra Tidbit: Norm MacDonald makes a blink and you’ll miss it cameo in this. Going along with the theme of the film, he show’s his ass.
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