MOVIE REVIEW: Push your adventure button for Grown Ups 2
July 26, 2013
Grown Ups 2 is all about boys having dirty fun.
On the last day of school, Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler) and the gang— Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade sans Rob Schneider— find themselves and the people around them embroiled in a series of mishaps and misfits.
This includes a deer running loose inside Lenny’s house; jumping off a cliff naked; going for a chaotic ride with Marcus Higgins (David Spade) inside a tractor tire; using policemen, patrol car, and bullets just to catch a ballet recital; Nick Hilliard (Nick Swardson) being tied, hanged, and rolled in a school bus; and other gross-out gags one could ever think of.
The sequel’s script is aimless and quite heartless.
It has the nastiest and naughtiest brand of Adam’s comedy, overflowing with toilet humor, fat jokes, and burp-sneeze-fart antics.
There are many father and son, father and daughter, mother and son moments, but very little emotional resonance. Lenny telling his son he’d break his other leg is mean, and showing impatience toward his only girl is a bit harsh.
But, the cast— no doubt— is very talented.
David Spade’s wisecracks are sharp.
Even Maya Rudolph does well in showing her inherent funniness.
Taylor Lautner’s portrayal of a college frat boy is truly hilarious!
Shaq O’Neal proves he’s got another skill besides playing basketball, and he’s quite cute.
The dance of Kurt McKenzie’s (Chris Rock) youngest son and the literally-twinkling boots of Eric Lamonsoff’s (Kevin James) daughter are both scene stealers.
If you want to be entertained, and forget logic for an hour and a half, then this movie is for you.
Be ready to laugh out loud and say “Yuck!” See what the boys are capable of once the adventure button is on!
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