Grown Ups 2 never matures but is silly fun
Twenty minutes into Grown Ups 2, a deer has peed on a character in a shower, 40 boobs have jiggled, two stuffed animals have been decapitated, 10 celebrities pop up for ridiculous cameos and that’s before the projectile vomiting starts.
Yep, it’s that kind of movie.
Every iota of logic, common decency and college educated critical self within me all but screamed that this film is an insult to my intelligence and an affront to the entire human race and I’d listen if I wasn’t so busy laughing.
The second go-round with Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade is seriously stupid dumb, but it’s the kind of embarrassingly funny movie you’ll think twice before admitting you actually liked it.
While the 2010 original had some semblance of a plot with five friends reuniting and trying to relive their glory days, Grown Ups 2 amazingly finds a way to be even more simplistic, but it’s still pretty funny. Maybe not falling out of your chair and crying laughing, but you’ll get some good laughs out of it.
Lenny (Sandler) has moved his wife, Roxanne, (Salma Hayek) and three kids (Jake Goldberg, Cameron Boyce and the adorable Alexys Nicole Sanchez) back home to be around his childhood friends and their children.
Eric (James) is running a successful auto body business while running around on his wife, Sally, (Maria Bello) by catching soap operas with his mother. Kurt (Rock) is no longer a househusband and now shares parenting responsibilities with his wife, Deanne (Maya Rudolph) while Marcus (David Spade) just learned his illegitimate son, Braden (Alexander Ludwig, The Hunger Games) is spending the summer with him.
Sandler and co-writer Fred Wolf are joined by Tim Herlihy (a longtime Saturday Night Live writer) and they devote a little more time to the kids this time out leading to subplots such as fighting off bullies, first dates, driving lessons, partying with college chicks and the world’s worst cheerleader car wash.
Nick Swardson assumes the crew idiot role formerly held by Rob Schneider and this may be the one time in movie history where Schneider can easily be considered the better option.
Thankfully, Grown Ups 2 benefits from its rapid fire cameos from stars like Shaquille O’Neal, Lonely Island’s Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, Dan Patrick and Chris Berman. You can play spot the SNL cast member throughout the film as Sandler is always game for giving SNL alumni a quick paycheck.
But the main focus is the ever ridiculous scenarios Lenny and company face. This time they encounter a gorgeous ballet teacher (April Rose), tangle with her boyfriend (‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin) and catch up with their old rivals (Colin Quinn, Tim Meadows and Steve Buscemi).
This time the gang also manages to get on the wrong side of some obnoxious frat boys led by Frat Boy Andy (Twilight’s Taylor Lautner looking like he’s having a blast playing the bad boy) and Frat Boy Milo (Oh Milo Ventimiglia, you looked like you were going to be a big star after Heroes!).
Director Dennis Dugan (Grown Ups) hasn’t met a scenario too silly or a cleavage he wouldn’t ogle. Some of the scenes bomb, but his cast is so game for anything that they’re already on to the next gag that will leave you cracking up.
The last act features an 80s theme backyard party and it’s completely appropriate as Grown Ups 2 is a silly, playful Porky’s style 80s movie for today’s audience.
Yeah, it’s goofy and dumb, but sometimes you just need a dumb and goofy comedy and this one kept me laughing. Go and enjoy it, just be prepared to feel bad about yourself for it afterwards.
Rating: 6 out of 10
Photo Credit: Tracy Bennett/Columbia Pictures