Ups 2 (0/10)
been at this for quite a while. You donít write as many critiques of
films as I have without picking up a few tricks. One of mine is the
ability to wipe every vestige of an Adam Sandler movie from my memory
after I have finished writing about it.
like to see films de novo without knowing much about them going in, I
had forgotten that I had seen the first of these films, Grown-Ups
(2010), and that it had starred Sandler (along with
Chris Rock, Kevin James,
and David Spade)
been directed by Dennis Dugan. So when the opening scene is one of
Sandlerís face in bed with his wife, my heart went down to my toes,
realizing that I was stuck for more than an hour and a half seeing this
unfunny Saturday Night Live alum trying to be funny yet again.
opening scene continued and confirmed my dire anticipation, about a deer
who has invaded Sandlerís bedroom. But if I thought that this was as
ridiculous as the movie could get, I was sadly mistaken. The movie
plunged downhill from there.
wrote about the first is even more appropriate to this one, so I will
repeat it here.
film is a complete and utter waste of timeÖ Letís face it, none of these
guys are actors; they are standup comedians. It takes talent to create
onscreen chemistry, and thatís a level of talent that is beyond their
brother. With the same cast, this film is worse than just being not
funny. It is offensive, crude, vulgar, and appeals to the lowest level
of taste and refinement. It is replete with disgusting puerile urination
and scatological gags which appear in most of Sandlerís and Duganís
films, leading one to wonder if they will ever reach the age of reason
and start thinking like adults. The children in the film use the same
gutter language as the adults, and I guess thatís supposed to be funny.
to the cast is Shaquille OíNeal, a former basketball player. OíNeill was
a horrible free-throw shooter, but he was better at the free-throw line
than he is before the camera. That said, OíNeill gives the best
performance in this movie, which gives you a taste for how bad
everything really is.
than all Iíve said above is the script. The characters are so
simplistically ridiculous that they donít even rise to the level of
caricature; the scenes, story and incidents are ludicrous. Itís not
surprising that Sandler is a cowriter (with Fred Wolf and Tim Herlihy),
but itís a sad commentary that three people couldnít come up with
something better, and on a higher intellectual plane, than this.
Dugan, he seems to be intentionally creating a list of the worst movies
ever made, adding this to
You Donít Mess With the
and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007).
MPAA, in its Hollywood wisdom has given this a PG-13 rating. So all the
bad language, deplorable incidents, and low moral tone apparently are
less destructive to children than seeing a womanís nipple, which
generally ensures an R rating. Go figure.