Comedy superstars Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Spade and Kevin James team up for a story of five childhood pals who reunite after 30 years to mourn the loss of their old basketball coach. Gathering at a July 4th celebration where their families meet for the first time, the friends find themselves acting a bit inappropriate for their age. Director Dennis Dugan pairs with frequent collaborator Sandler, who co-wrote the screenplay.
Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph, Joyce Van Patten, Ebony Jo-Ann, Di Quon, Steve Buscemi, Colin Quinn, Tim Meadows
Director: Dennis Dugan
I had never actually caught up with Grown Ups last year when it came out because it looked a little too goofy for my tastes. For some reason, when I saw it streaming on Netflix, I wanted to watch it right away, so I gave it a viewing. I was not sorry that I did.
This is just another Adam Sandler feel-good movie that is not much different that a lot of Sandler’s other films, but I appreciate this one a little more than some of the others. If you are looking for a deep plot and numerous subplots, look elsewhere. This film is just good old-fashioned fun with most of the jokes missing their target, but with a few jokes that had me laughing out loud. After getting ready to give up on the film, I had my first laugh-out-loud moment during Kevin James’ rope line moment. It was physical comedy at its peak. There were even a few more moments throughout the film where I had to laugh out loud. This is a rare occurrence when I watch a comedy, so I take note of the films that give me a hearty laugh.
Like I previously mentioned, this film will never set a gold standard to comedy films, but it did have its moments. At times, it tried too hard to be funny and some of the jokes were near the annoying point where I cannot imagine who would actually laugh at the jokes. The film could have definitely used some quality control. It was as if the writers got together over a few beers and wrote down everything that came across their minds, then made an unedited script from it.
My second complaint is that I am just not a fan of Chris Rock as an actor. I have seen some funny standup work from him, but his acting is just downright horrible. They could have replaced him without missing a beat and the film would have been better off for it.
Another complaint would have been the length of the film. I am by no means a long film hater, but films that run nearly two hours better be worth every minute of those two hours to justify the length of the film running that long. This film is a prime example that could have lost 20-30 minutes and the film would have been the better for it.
All of these complaints aside, I would have no reservations recommending this film to comedy fans as it will give most fans some great laughs.