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Movie Review: Grownups (June, 2010)

Director: Dennis Dugan
Screenplay: Adam Sandler, diagnosis Fred Wolf
Release Date: June 25, 2010
Actors: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph, Joyce Van Patten

Several people asked me whether or not Grownups was very good after I had seen it. “It looks really dumb”, they claim.

Weeelll, I’m not here to write that Grownups is any good or any better. It’s a silly comedy, with a variance of witty remarks to slapstick comedy that we are now very used to from the very popular comedians we have come to know and love (or hate, for a few).

What I mean is that, every comedian has their own style of comedy. Rob Schneider has become known for his in your face, over the top silly comedy, such as in [ insert gigolo movie here], where his humor, is translated into Grownups, with his over-the-top singing and over-the-top hair. Kevin James (whom I adore), jokes about his weight and his love for eating (common in his comedy), using more physical comedy to deliver the laughs, and Adam Sandler jokes are more verbal and fairly unique. Because of those though, I felt the jokes are pretty uneven, and … all over the place.

However, there is nothing fairly special about the movie that makes it particularly memorable. The scenes are forgettable, as are the jokes. We’ve seen many of the jokes before. Young girl shows off her hotness. Old woman then shows her hotness. Hilarious, but nothing new or done particularly different.

What’s the movie about? A close knit group of friends who had won the basketball championship when they were teens, come together for their old coach’s passing. Each person has their own lives and own families, but for a short little while, they come together and “become kids again”.

It’s a good family movie, and I think if you were to have a barbecue, this kind of movie would be best to have in the background. It’s light, it’s a lot of fun, and can be enjoyed by everybody. It’s not an Oscar movie, nor is it meant to be. I wouldn’t rush out and see it in the theatres though, and would just save it for rental for the next summer barbecue. There doesn’t seem to be any real plot, as it wanders a bit aimlessly without a purpose, but I suppose that’s not the point of the film. One would think with such an impressive cast, it might be more spectacular, but in reality, there doesn’t seem to be much to offer.

Wait for rental, but not entirely horrid if you enjoy a silly comedy. 2 toupees / 5 toupees.


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