‘Grown Ups 2’ Movie Review

Sandler’s same old formula

Thanks to Sony Pictures Australia, Spotlight Report had the chance to see new comedy ‘Grown Ups 2’, directed by Dennis Dugan and produced and written by Adam Sandler. Which is now showing in Australian cinemas. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema to see it because there is no better critic than yourself!

grownups2-gangThe film is the sequel to the 2010 film Grown Ups. The new installation of this sequel brings back all our favourite characters from the first film, such as David Spade, Maya Rudolph, Salma Hayek, Kevin James and Chris Rock. Unfortunately, unlike the first film, Rob Schneider is nowhere to be seen in this film. Regardless, the film has an all-star cast of comedians and it goes without the addition of new faces in the film like Taylor Lautner and legendary “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.

Following from the first film, the story follows Lenny, the big time Hollywood agent and his family. In this film Lenny decides to move from the big city back to his humble beginnings of his hometown in Connecticut to provide a better upbringing for his children. However, this is where much of the storyline ends with the rest of the film packed with one liners and on going jokes such as Eric Lamonsoff (Kevin James) ‘burpsnart’- burp, sneeze and farts.

grownups2-taylorThe children too are integral parts in creating humor in the films; as they are receive worldly advices from their not so wise fathers.  One of the funnier introductions that the film has to offer is the introduction of Marcus Higgins’ (David Spade) long lost of son, who is troubled after being without a father for most of his life. In addition to this, the inclusion of Taylor Lautner’s character who plays a frat boy who challenges the four men, and brings with it a pleasant comedic contrast of young and old.

Unfortunately, while some jokes were funny, it is something that many Adam Sandler fans would have heard before as he follows the same old tired formula of endless amounts of fat gags, mindless humiliation and even sexist jokes. Understandably, without storyline, the movie was made for sheer entertainment purposes- whilst on this aspect it wasn’t an awful job at creating humor, it still didn’t deliver an exceptionally good job at that.

‘Grown Ups 2’ is now showing in Australian cinemas