Thursday, July 11, 2013

Grown Ups 2 Review - 1 Star

Comic Adam Sandler returns to the characters of “Grown Ups”—his surprise hit of a few summers ago.  He played a wealthy California financial guy who moves back to his home town in Connecticut in order to raise his children in a calmer environment.  Childhood friends Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade rebond with Sandler and the foursome proceeds to get into trouble together.  The movie begins with a very funny visit to the Sandler house by a buck — that is a deer with horns — who wanders in the front door and urinates on Sandler and later his son.   The plot involves Sander’s beautiful wife – Salma Hayek – and her desire to have a fourth child.  Kevin James hides a secret from his wife — that he spends afternoons with his mother played by Georgia Engle the one time star of “L.A. Law.”  Maya Rudolph and Chris Rock deal with marriage fatigue.   David Spade must deal with a highly volatile son he didn’t know he had.  The guys visit their childhood haunts some more.  And conclude with a gigantic outdoor party at Sandler’s house.  Along the way, Sandler provides cameos for his friends and fellow “Saturday Night Live” alumni—I spotted Tim Meadows, Cheri Oteri, Ellen Cleghorne plus Shaquelle O’Neal, and Norm Crosby — oddly missing:  Rob Schneider who at one time appeared in every movie Sandler ever made.  What happened there?  At any rate, “Grown Ups 2” provides a lot of cheap laughs and cheap jokes.  It’s not so much a movie as a long sketch.  Go if you want and laugh as much as you want, but this really isn’t much.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Adam Sandler comedy.  Is it entertaining?  Broad broad jokes.  Is it worth the price of admission?  They should have called this Big Kids.