Thursday, July 11, 2013

If there was one comedy to watch this Summer, this wouldn't be it.  Even though I have never watched the first Grown Ups (I've heard I didn't miss much), I was quite unfortunate enough to watch the second one last night.  Not that the film won't have you laughing every now and then.  After all, based on averages, you figured at least 3 jokes out of 10 would be funny, right?  Unfortunately, the film goes for just averages as it tries extremely difficult to be funny.   They throw at you cliches, and jokes recycled from every other Adam Sandler and Kevin James movies hoping something will stick.

And of course if that doesn't help, let's throw an abundant of celebrities hoping that their fans will at least show up to see the movie.  In case you didn't noticed, I really did not like the film.  With so many good comedians, you would think there would be more laughs.  The two shining graces in the film for me are the kids of the "Grown Ups" and the gratuitous eye candy for male viewers.  But of course any film that needs to rely on the latter as heavily as this film does, needs to go back to the writing board.  Unfortunately for us, it's far too late.

Overall, I would not recommend this film to anyone.  The few fans of the first one would enjoy this.  But everyone else would be better off seeing The Way Way Back for a more intelligent comedy.

Grown Ups 2 is rated PG-13 and is due out tomorrow July 12th, 2013.  The movie is 1 hour and 41 minutes long.

Rating: 1.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars

  • Adam Sandler as Leonard "Lenny" Feder
  • Kevin James as Erickson "Eric" Lamonsoff
  • Chris Rock as Kurtis "Kurt" McKenzie
  • David Spade as Marcus "Higgy" Higgins
  • Nick Swardson as Nicholas "Nick" Hilliard
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin as Dennis Cavanaugh
  • Salma Hayek as Roxanne "Roxie" Chase-Feder
  • Steve Buscemi as Wiley
  • Jackie Sandler as Jackie Tardio
  • Aly Michalka as Sexy Bikini Girl Savannah
  • Maria Bello as Sally Lamonsoff
  • Maya Rudolph as Deanne McKenzie
  • Andy Samberg as Male Cheerleader
  • Jake Goldberg as Greg Feder
  • Cameron Boyce as Keithie Feder
  • Alexys Nycole Sanchez as Becky Feder
  • Ada-Nicole Sanger as Donna Lamonsoff
  • Frank Gingerich as Bean Lamonsoff
  • Georgia Engel as Mrs. Lamonsoff
  • Nadji Jeter as Andre McKenzie
  • China Anne McClain as Charlotte McKenzie
  • Di Quon
  • Taylor Lautner as Frat Boy Andy
  • Milo Ventimiglia as Frat Boy Milo
  • Patrick Schwarzenegger as Frat Boy Cooper
  • David Henrie as Frat Boy Zac
  • Jimmy Tatro as Frat Boy
  • Alexander Ludwig as Braden
  • Allen Covert as Hippie Teacher
  • Erin Heatherton as Female Cheerleader
  • Taran Killam as Male Cheerleader
  • Halston Sage as Nancy Arbuckle
  • Cheri Oteri as Penny
  • Ellen Cleghorne as Mary Fluzoo
  • Shaquille O'Neal as Officer Fluzoo
  • Chris Hardwick as Ice Cream Vendor
  • Jon Lovitz as Squats Fitness Janitor
  • Tim Meadows as Malcolm

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