Review: Grown Ups 2

Tracy Bennett/Columbia Pictures Eric Lamonsoff (Kevin James), Marcus Higgins (David Spade), Robideaux (Jonathan Loughran), Kurt McKenzi (Chris Rock), and Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler) in Columbia Pictures "GROWN UPS 2."
Tracy Bennett/Columbia Pictures
Eric (Kevin James), Marcus (David Spade), Robideaux (Jonathan Loughran), Kurt (Chris Rock), and Lenny (Adam Sandler) in Columbia Pictures “GROWN UPS 2.”

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.

Tracy Bennett/Columbia Pictures Roxanne Feder (Salma Hayek) in her boutique
Tracy Bennett/Columbia Pictures
Roxanne (Salma Hayek) in her boutique

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, the sequel 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.

Tracy Bennett/Columbia Pictures Bean Lamonsoff (Frank/Morgan Gingerich), Eric Lamonsoff (Kevin James), Roxanne Feder (Salma Hayek), Kurt McKenzie (Chris Rock), Becky Feder (Alexys Nycole Sanchez), Sally Lamonsoff (Maria Bello), Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler) and Marcus Higgins (David Spade) walking to the Ice Cream House.
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Bean (Frank/Morgan Gingerich), Eric (Kevin James), Roxanne (Salma Hayek), Kurt (Chris Rock), Becky (Alexys Nycole Sanchez), Sally (Maria Bello), Lenny (Adam Sandler) and Marcus (David Spade) walking to the Ice Cream House.

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.Grown Ups 2 cheerleader car wash

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, the film 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.Casey Knox (April Rose) at the dance recital in Columbia Pictures' GROWN UPS 2.

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).

Tracy/Benett/Columbia Pictures Frat Boy Chris (Chris Titone), Frat Boy Jared (Jared Sandler), Frat Boy Milo (Milo Ventimiglia) and Frat Boy Andy (Taylor Lautner) in their car.
Tracy/Benett/Columbia Pictures
Frat Boy Chris (Chris Titone), Frat Boy Jared (Jared Sandler), Frat Boy Milo (Milo Ventimiglia) and Frat Boy Andy (Taylor Lautner) .

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.

Tracy Bennett/Columbia Pictures Marcus Higgins (David Spade), Kurt McKenzi (Chris Rock), Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler), Eric Lamonsoff (Kevin James), Sally Lamonsoff (Maria Bello) about to fight at the 80's party.
Tracy Bennett/Columbia Pictures
Marcus (David Spade), Kurt  (Chris Rock), Lenny (Adam Sandler), Eric  (Kevin James), Sally (Maria Bello) about to fight at the 80’s party.

Rating: 6 out of 10

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23 thoughts on “Review: Grown Ups 2”

  1. If your bet is that it’ll stay under 10% I’m pretty sure you’ve got absolutely nothing to worry about. In all fairness, I did say I was almost ashamed to say I liked it ;-)

    1. well at least youre honest. and for that i respect you. i gotta say im surprised you’re this nice to me, just the other two critics arent even being honest in their reviews

  2. How do jokes like this become part of the tomato meter?

    At least they can filter out the people that still live in their parents basements with the top critic button. This site and writer is pathetic. This looks like something designed off of geocites.

  3. Well, in a world where millions liked trash like Twilight, it was fair to imagine there had to be some people who liked this abortion.

    1. After some of these comments, I’ll happily take yours Ted.
      And for some bizarre reason, I was hearing Movie Trailer Guy’s voice while reading that. “In a world….”

  4. I don’t get why all the backlash for movies like this and Meet the Spartans and Epic Movie and Vampires Suck. Yeah they’re dumb but come on people, they’re pretty darn funny.

  5. Being a critic and giving Grown Ups 2 (and Grown Ups for that matter) a positive review is like being a master chef who tells me Hot Pockets taste gourmet. You’ve lost all credibility.

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