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Review: Grown Ups 2

Jul. 11, 2013by: Chris Bumbray

PLOT: In the years since the events of the first GROWN UPS, Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler) has moved his family back to the small town where he grew up, where he lives close to his pals Eric (Kevin James), Kurt (Chris Rock) and Higgy (David Spade). With his kids enjoying their last day of school, the fellas try to recapture the glory of their youth, and wind up tangling with bullies both old and new.

REVIEW: Want a shock? GROWN UPS 2 is actually a smidge better than the first GROWN UPS, and much better than Sandler last few vehicles, JACK & JILL, JUST GO WITH IT, and THAT'S MY BOY. However, that's not to say it's still not a pretty bad movie. It's just that in the pantheon of Sandler comedies, this is is slightly less painful to sit through than his last couple of movies.

That said, GROWN UPS 2 rarely, if ever, actually comes close to being a decent flick. If anything, it has even less of a story than the first film, being little more than a series of dopey gags connected by the very thin plot of this being the last day of school for Sandler, James, and Rock's brood. GROWN UPS 2 is pretty much just Sandler and his pals goofing around for ninety minutes, which of course we're all supposed to flock to in droves.

Many have wondered why Sandler's movies have suddenly gone into the toilet, and my theory is simply that Sandler's audience has grown up, but the films have not. At least this time, the saccharine goop of the first film has been kept to a minimum, with less of an attempt being made to warm the heart (barf) than simply to make people laugh. Still, I can't say I spent a lot of time laughing, and this is speaking as someone who grew up on a steady diet of his movies, and enjoyed them for what they were (the last time I kind of liked one of his movies was probably YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN, but I've enjoyed his non-Happy Madison films like FUNNY PEOPLE and REIGN OVER ME).

Everyone from the first film is back, with the exception of Rob Schneider, who's been dropped for some reason. I doubt that many of them spent a heck of a lot of time on the set, with Chris Rock in particular not being given much to do. The wives are even less of a presence here than they were in the first film, with only Salma Hayek (who, of course, still looks incredible) getting any significant screen-time. Maria Bello and Maya Rudolph have little more than (slightly) extended cameos.

Now, when I wrote GROWN UPS 2 was better than Sandler' last few movies, you shouldn't take that to mean that it has a lot of laughs. All of the jokes are pretty lame, from the first scene where a CGI deer pees on Sandler, to Kevin James' fart-burps, to many painfully unfunny gags involving Nick Swardson's drug-addled bus driver. The big conflict here resolves around Sandler and his pals dealing simultaneously with their scary childhood bully (Stone Cold Steve Austin) and a bunch of cartoonish frat boys (led by Taylor Lautner- who has little to do- and Milo Ventimiglia, who's probably the only one in the film who comes relatively close to being funny).

But again, at least the schmaltz is mostly toned down and Sandler's big eighties-themed bash at the end of the movie means the soundtrack is peppered with lots of great tunes (there's no party music like eighties party music). So while GROWN UPS 2 is still a bad film, and definitely not a return to form for Sandler, at least it wasn't as excruciating as his last few movies. It's pretty sad that Sandler's sunk so far that a movie being merely bad is somehow a success.

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1:26AM on 07/14/2013

LINE-UPS!

I went to the theatre and was shocked that this had twice the line-up that Pacific Rim had
I literally thought I was in the wrong line-up
I went to the theatre and was shocked that this had twice the line-up that Pacific Rim had
I literally thought I was in the wrong line-up
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9:00PM on 07/11/2013
The saddest part is that this movie is gonna make more money than Pacific Rim.
The saddest part is that this movie is gonna make more money than Pacific Rim.
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4:03PM on 07/11/2013

Fewwwwww

I thought you were going to give this a higher rating then Pacific rim if that ever happen I would have to stop coming to this site. Because that would of been a huge disgrace. Anyone who likes this fuckin movie or even sees this fuckin movie needs to be put in asylum. I saw the first one on like demand I dont' even remember it at all. Terrible idea.
I thought you were going to give this a higher rating then Pacific rim if that ever happen I would have to stop coming to this site. Because that would of been a huge disgrace. Anyone who likes this fuckin movie or even sees this fuckin movie needs to be put in asylum. I saw the first one on like demand I dont' even remember it at all. Terrible idea.
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1:52PM on 07/11/2013
Didn't even see the first one and was completely surprised that this got a sequel. Did the first one really make that much money? Are any of the actors in this still drawing in a crowd? I don't know. I haven't seen a single movie any of these guys have made in years. I really hope Pacific Rim does better than this. I don't have anything against Sandler, I still like the guy, but he has made some seriously tragic career choices. I get the point about people growing up and his films not doing so,
Didn't even see the first one and was completely surprised that this got a sequel. Did the first one really make that much money? Are any of the actors in this still drawing in a crowd? I don't know. I haven't seen a single movie any of these guys have made in years. I really hope Pacific Rim does better than this. I don't have anything against Sandler, I still like the guy, but he has made some seriously tragic career choices. I get the point about people growing up and his films not doing so, but I don't even think it's that. Comedy tastes have simply changed. Now everyone wants Apatow comedies or Bridesmaids/Hangover. But this safe, boring, family crap has to go.
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1:51PM on 07/11/2013
I love how Chris Rock looks like he was photoshopped in that first picture. Obviously a race issue. ;)
I love how Chris Rock looks like he was photoshopped in that first picture. Obviously a race issue. ;)
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1:27PM on 07/11/2013

Making movies with friends

This goes back to what i say about Depp and Burton, or DiCaprio and Scorsese. People in hollywood like to make movies with their friends. But just because they like hanging out on set and goofing off with each other, doesnt make it a good movie. I can see what Adam Sandler and the gang were thinking while making this movie, but i'm still not gonna see it. Sandler needs to step out of his comfort zone a bit and give us another "Funny People" movie, a comedy that takes itself seriously and tries
This goes back to what i say about Depp and Burton, or DiCaprio and Scorsese. People in hollywood like to make movies with their friends. But just because they like hanging out on set and goofing off with each other, doesnt make it a good movie. I can see what Adam Sandler and the gang were thinking while making this movie, but i'm still not gonna see it. Sandler needs to step out of his comfort zone a bit and give us another "Funny People" movie, a comedy that takes itself seriously and tries
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1:25PM on 07/11/2013
Currently at 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. PLEASE don't let this beat PACIFIC RIM this weekend, please, please, please....
Currently at 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. PLEASE don't let this beat PACIFIC RIM this weekend, please, please, please....
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2:02PM on 07/11/2013
That's still too high!
That's still too high!
1:22PM on 07/11/2013

Haters gonna hate just to look cool.

Interesting review & it makes sense, sounded more like you hated to actually enjoy parts of it. Sure the audience & fans of Sandler have "grown up" & its been 18 years since Billy Madison. To me it just seems Sandler will never change up his game & I did enjoy That's My Boy. If he wants to do sequels he should at least do them to his more popular films like Madison, Happy Gilmore & maybe The Wedding Singer.
Interesting review & it makes sense, sounded more like you hated to actually enjoy parts of it. Sure the audience & fans of Sandler have "grown up" & its been 18 years since Billy Madison. To me it just seems Sandler will never change up his game & I did enjoy That's My Boy. If he wants to do sequels he should at least do them to his more popular films like Madison, Happy Gilmore & maybe The Wedding Singer.
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1:19PM on 07/11/2013

rob schneider

apparently had scheduling conflicts. it's certainly not that he's too smart to appear in this, right?
apparently had scheduling conflicts. it's certainly not that he's too smart to appear in this, right?
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1:23PM on 07/11/2013
scheduling conflicts?! Did Applebees schedule him on his weekend off to do this film? haha
scheduling conflicts?! Did Applebees schedule him on his weekend off to do this film? haha
12:26PM on 07/11/2013

call me crazy stupid

but i love these POS sandler films. thats my boy, jack and jill, etc are fucking funny to me. they are SO BAD, its like "wow...." and for some reason that entertains me. thats my boy was actually kind of funny. jack and jill is jsut so bad but i couldnt stop watching it to see how bad it got.

i dunno, i guess im a sandler fan for life.
but i love these POS sandler films. thats my boy, jack and jill, etc are fucking funny to me. they are SO BAD, its like "wow...." and for some reason that entertains me. thats my boy was actually kind of funny. jack and jill is jsut so bad but i couldnt stop watching it to see how bad it got.

i dunno, i guess im a sandler fan for life.
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1:21PM on 07/11/2013
I respect your honesty here.
I respect your honesty here.
1:21PM on 07/11/2013
I respect your honesty here.
I respect your honesty here.
10:43PM on 07/11/2013
Thumbs up for honesty! I still like Sandler . . . just not a fan of all the new movies.
Thumbs up for honesty! I still like Sandler . . . just not a fan of all the new movies.
12:11PM on 07/11/2013

you have no credibility sir

From the second you said you liked the zohan you have no right to review a sandler movie
From the second you said you liked the zohan you have no right to review a sandler movie
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11:05AM on 07/11/2013
I'll see it for Salma.
I am a completest.
I'll see it for Salma.
I am a completest.
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10:49AM on 07/11/2013
The first movie was hilarious however I'm having mixed feelings on this film. And I'm passing on it this weekend for sure. I would much rather spend 15 dollars on Pacific Rim.
The first movie was hilarious however I'm having mixed feelings on this film. And I'm passing on it this weekend for sure. I would much rather spend 15 dollars on Pacific Rim.
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1:02AM on 07/12/2013
Hilarious?!? Err...wow, just wow.
Hilarious?!? Err...wow, just wow.
10:41AM on 07/11/2013
I'm guessing sandler films are a good way for parents to get rid of their kids for the afternoon. Im sure the kids text n talk through the whole thing i i Ican't imagine anyone willfully watching this.
I'm guessing sandler films are a good way for parents to get rid of their kids for the afternoon. Im sure the kids text n talk through the whole thing i i Ican't imagine anyone willfully watching this.
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10:32AM on 07/11/2013

Come on guys...

Taylor Lautner worked really hard to grow all that facial hair! We should support him.
Taylor Lautner worked really hard to grow all that facial hair! We should support him.
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10:11AM on 07/11/2013
It's sad that we'll likely get a Grown Ups 3 but not a Pacific Rim 2.
It's sad that we'll likely get a Grown Ups 3 but not a Pacific Rim 2.
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9:57AM on 07/11/2013
Siiiigggghhh. This will outdo Pacific Rim. Depressing....
Siiiigggghhh. This will outdo Pacific Rim. Depressing....
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9:06AM on 07/11/2013

Can't wait

I can't wait to see this movie just so I can be one (if not the only) person in the crowd saying aloud, "that's not funny.", "Wow a Kevin James fat joke, who didn't see that coming?" "Who would have thought Shaq's acting ability has gone down since Kazam"

Maybe I'll be wrong, I'll be willing to admit so if I am. call me a troll, but I have rock bottom expectations for this movie, especially since "this is the end" or aka, how an ensemble comedy should be done.
I can't wait to see this movie just so I can be one (if not the only) person in the crowd saying aloud, "that's not funny.", "Wow a Kevin James fat joke, who didn't see that coming?" "Who would have thought Shaq's acting ability has gone down since Kazam"

Maybe I'll be wrong, I'll be willing to admit so if I am. call me a troll, but I have rock bottom expectations for this movie, especially since "this is the end" or aka, how an ensemble comedy should be done.
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8:44AM on 07/11/2013

Conditioner is better

Better than the first, and this still gets a 4/10, ouch
Better than the first, and this still gets a 4/10, ouch
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8:26AM on 07/11/2013
A sequel to Sandler's worst movie. Hmmm..... Good God.
A sequel to Sandler's worst movie. Hmmm..... Good God.
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8:23AM on 07/11/2013

Wow, that Twilight kid has a huge neck.

Looks like a fuckin' llama. Girls think he's attractive?
Looks like a fuckin' llama. Girls think he's attractive?
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8:35AM on 07/11/2013
You know what they say about guys with huge necks . . .
You know what they say about guys with huge necks . . .
12:11PM on 07/11/2013
They can eat leaves off tree branches normally not reached by guys with normal necks.
They can eat leaves off tree branches normally not reached by guys with normal necks.
7:31AM on 07/11/2013
Bad reviews or not, it will still make more than Pacific Rim.
Bad reviews or not, it will still make more than Pacific Rim.
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6:34AM on 07/11/2013
I just checked Sandler's filmography. With the exception of Funny People, I haven't seen a Sandler movie since Anger Management - which sucked. Say what you will, but I enjoy his waterboy and little nicky type movies where he plays a zany character in a slapstick movie rather than playing Adam Sandler in a so called 'funny' situation
I just checked Sandler's filmography. With the exception of Funny People, I haven't seen a Sandler movie since Anger Management - which sucked. Say what you will, but I enjoy his waterboy and little nicky type movies where he plays a zany character in a slapstick movie rather than playing Adam Sandler in a so called 'funny' situation
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5:48AM on 07/11/2013

Yaay my favorite time of the year has come!

Time to watch idiots bash Adam Sandler because they think its cool to hate him. I have to say this is one of his better movies to come out in the past 5 years. To translate the biased 4/10 into a real review means probably 7/10 which is better than the Pacific Rim review.
Time to watch idiots bash Adam Sandler because they think its cool to hate him. I have to say this is one of his better movies to come out in the past 5 years. To translate the biased 4/10 into a real review means probably 7/10 which is better than the Pacific Rim review.
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6:22AM on 07/11/2013
so... How was this film good? If you're defending Sandler, at least post a reason why you thought this film was good.
so... How was this film good? If you're defending Sandler, at least post a reason why you thought this film was good.
9:57AM on 07/11/2013
Chris Bumbray hasn't published a review of Pacific Rim. That was Eric Walkuski.
Chris Bumbray hasn't published a review of Pacific Rim. That was Eric Walkuski.
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5:22AM on 07/11/2013
I enjoyed the first film quite a bit, holy shit - bash me now for not being a fucking sheep on the Sandler hate wagon. It's hard to take a review seriously when the film was bashed before a flicker of footage was even shown. I mean, that's verging on trolling, right?
I enjoyed the first film quite a bit, holy shit - bash me now for not being a fucking sheep on the Sandler hate wagon. It's hard to take a review seriously when the film was bashed before a flicker of footage was even shown. I mean, that's verging on trolling, right?
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5:52AM on 07/11/2013
I really enjoyed the first one as well. I don't get the Sandler Bashing Party Wagon, but kids these days prefer their gross out humor in the form of Hangover and not something with an actual story and plot. It's ok for a naked guy to pop out of a trunk in one movie but for them to jump off a cliff naked is a big no no here.

This is about par with the original. They made a decent sequel that didn't seem forced. That should be a thousand bonus points right there because most sequels don't show
I really enjoyed the first one as well. I don't get the Sandler Bashing Party Wagon, but kids these days prefer their gross out humor in the form of Hangover and not something with an actual story and plot. It's ok for a naked guy to pop out of a trunk in one movie but for them to jump off a cliff naked is a big no no here.

This is about par with the original. They made a decent sequel that didn't seem forced. That should be a thousand bonus points right there because most sequels don't show their reason to be made.
7:24AM on 07/11/2013
Sounds like a good time to me, thanks for the tip.
Sounds like a good time to me, thanks for the tip.
2:01AM on 07/12/2013
Your mother drank while pregnant, didn't she?
Your mother drank while pregnant, didn't she?
5:20AM on 07/11/2013
"Way better than Pacific Rim!"

Now there's something to slap onto the posters. They can have that one for free. And didn't Sandler steal that "inflatable raft in a box" gag from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air?
"Way better than Pacific Rim!"

Now there's something to slap onto the posters. They can have that one for free. And didn't Sandler steal that "inflatable raft in a box" gag from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air?
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4:11AM on 07/11/2013
A 4 is still too high.
A 4 is still too high.
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3:44AM on 07/11/2013
I feel bad that Bumbray had to sit through this. Kudos to you good sir. I'm sure it wasn't easy sitting through another shitty Sandler film and then having to review said shit.
I feel bad that Bumbray had to sit through this. Kudos to you good sir. I'm sure it wasn't easy sitting through another shitty Sandler film and then having to review said shit.
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1:28PM on 07/11/2013
This post seems forced to me, thought you of all people would be above the bandwagon of hating. What are you trying to prove?
This post seems forced to me, thought you of all people would be above the bandwagon of hating. What are you trying to prove?
3:20AM on 07/11/2013
Can I ask why joblo continues to review movies like this? You guys have trashed Grown Ups 2 ever since it was announced, (the same with Twilight movies, so on and so forth, I'm sure I could think of more if I had the energy.) This movie obviously appeals to a particular demographic, (the kind who DO NOT read film websites), and I often get the feeling these reviews are just a poor excuse to circlejerk "how much better we are" than the average movie goer. Yeah, we get it.

I am already
Can I ask why joblo continues to review movies like this? You guys have trashed Grown Ups 2 ever since it was announced, (the same with Twilight movies, so on and so forth, I'm sure I could think of more if I had the energy.) This movie obviously appeals to a particular demographic, (the kind who DO NOT read film websites), and I often get the feeling these reviews are just a poor excuse to circlejerk "how much better we are" than the average movie goer. Yeah, we get it.

I am already anticipating a C'mon Hollywood! after Grown Ups 2 makes more money than Pacific Rim. (Because giant robots with absolutely no substance is bad when Michael Bay does it but it's totally awesome when del Toro does it you guys.)
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4:02AM on 07/11/2013
Yeah, because Del Toro is Del Toro and Michael Bay is just...Michael Bay, you know. He pretty much embodies the term "no substance".
Yeah, because Del Toro is Del Toro and Michael Bay is just...Michael Bay, you know. He pretty much embodies the term "no substance".
8:45AM on 07/11/2013
Because the movies are garbage.
Because the movies are garbage.
12:08PM on 07/11/2013
Sigismundo; as a collective community here at Joblo we have reviewed this recent post with the highest of integrity and have come to the conclusion of voting you off the Joblo island.
Sigismundo; as a collective community here at Joblo we have reviewed this recent post with the highest of integrity and have come to the conclusion of voting you off the Joblo island.
1:34PM on 07/11/2013
Some good points there, but the full blame can't go the site itself. In a real movie review you are suppossed to leave out your own personal opinion & stick to the movie itself.
Some good points there, but the full blame can't go the site itself. In a real movie review you are suppossed to leave out your own personal opinion & stick to the movie itself.
3:15AM on 07/11/2013
Everything Nick Swardson does is painfully unfunny. EVERYTHING
Everything Nick Swardson does is painfully unfunny. EVERYTHING
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3:41AM on 07/11/2013
Agree. He's not funny at all.
Agree. He's not funny at all.
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