Once again, Adam Sandler stages an SNL reunion with Grown Ups 2. It’s the sequel no one wanted and definitely didn’t need. It’s a shadow of its predecessor, which managed to have some heart. The film is a string of one-liners held together by a faint sense of family.

The Players:

  • Director: Dennis Dugan
  • Writers: Fred Wolf, Adam Sandler and Tim Herlihy
  • Cast: Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph, Nick Swardson, Oliver Hudson, Steve Buscemi, Colin Quinn, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Meadows, Alexander Ludwig, Taylor Lautner, Milo Ventimiglia
  • Cinematography by: Theo van de Sande
  • Original Music by: Rupert Gregson-Williams

The Plot:

Lenny Feder and his family have returned to his hometown — permanently. It’s summer time, that kids are out of school and middle age hijinks ensue.

The Good:

  • Taylor Lautner: The actor plays a buff frat boy with a bone to pick with Lenny and co. He’s arrogant, over the top and hilarious. He doesn’t have much screentime but he makes the most of it. When he’s not showing off his martial arts skills he’s holding his own against the comedy vets.

The Bad:

  • Juvenile Tone: Grown Ups 2 is everything you expect it to be. Like most of Sandler’s films it’s filled with juvenile jokes to mask its paper thin plot. We actually enjoyed the first movie, but the sequel is beyond moronic. The script spends more time with a running fart gag than actual character development. There’s also a repetitive nature to it that’s like beating a dead horse or should we say, deer?
  • No Real Story: As we stated above, the story played second fiddle to gags. There was a vague attempt to focus on Sandler’s character as a father, but it fell flat. They set up scenarios that never really finished or  fully explained. What is Grown Ups 2 about? We really don’t know.
  • One Dimensional Characters: There are so many pointless characters in this film. Plus, the addition of newbies like Shaquille O’Neal, whose sole purpose is to use his size as comic relief. You can’t compensate for a bad plot but padding it with more characters. All it does is distract from the little story you have.


Despite it’s talented cast Grown Ups isn’t worth your time or money. If you want something entertaining to watch, check out Pacific Rim instead.

The Rating: 2/10

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Will you be seeing Grown Ups 2 this weekend?