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A Botched Job

Call it sadistic,but one has to extract some compensation for watching this sorry excuse of a comedy.

Written by Shalini Langer |
September 14, 2013 12:59:44 am

Movie: GROWN UPS 2

Director: Dennis Dugan

Cast: Adam Sandler,Salma Hayek,Kevin James,Chris Rock,David Spade,Maria Bello,Maya Rudolph


It is a task but there is one good thing that comes out of Grown Ups 2. Far from his dopey werewolf self,Taylor Lautner goes “wild”,only to have his ass kicked by a deer. It’s a treat to see those pearly whites disappear in pain.

Call it sadistic,but one has to extract some compensation for watching this sorry excuse of a comedy as well as its string of talented actors not even trying to get one laugh out of it. On the contrary,you are subjected to watching actors you may have liked and admired,including Sandler,Hayek and Rudolph — if not Bello and Rock — let themselves be put through one episode after another involving voluptuous boobs,peeping butts,sprouting vomit,and dripping ice-cream that could be poop. No exception is made for other bodily ejections

as well.

Even if one could have expected that from Sandler and his cast of Saturday Night Live regulars — particularly after the first Grown Ups’s fascination with lactation obviously got it audiences — the sequel is particularly jarring for how unfunny it is. Men who won’t grow up is now as old as Peter Pan,but having made it his life’s work,Sandler really needs to turn a page.

The sadness of the whole exercise is nowhere as apparent as in the ’80s theme party that wraps up this film. As Sandler and his misshaped friends turn up in the outlandish costumes of the times,the film appears to desert its own characters for a few rare laughs. So does it consider its men to be grown-up,or just older,or neither?

You can never be sure. And that’s where Grown Ups 2 is such a dishonest job. These men,of indeterminate and largely uneventful middle age,are not young at heart,or even old. They are just tired,and if the film would allow them to be just that,it may make for a better film.


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