Monday, March 17, 2014

Grown Ups 2

Grown Ups 2 by Dennis Duggan
"I do this for ME!"
I know it's probably not a popular opinion, but I really like Adam Sandler movies. Sure, his scripts are pretty unimaginative, he basically plays the same character every single time, and his No. 1 concern seems to be his own enjoyment, but that doesn't mean that his flicks aren't entertaining. In fact, I'm not afraid to admit that Billy Madison (1995), The Wedding Singer (1998), The Longest Yard (2005), and Funny People (2009) are some of my all-time favorites. Sure, you can hammer away at Jack & Jill (2011) if that's the kind of thing that tickles your fancy, but I advise that you seek professional help if that's the case.

Three year's after their insightful retreat at the lake in Grown Ups, Lenny (Sandler), Eric (Kevin James), Kurt (Chris Rock), and Marcus (David Spade) are all living in their childhood hometown of Connecticut. They hang out, micro-manage their way-too-hot wives, reminisce about the good old days, endulge in the fine art of Burp Snarting, and get into a feud with a bunch of frat boys, headed by Andy (Taylor Lautner). Grown Ups 2 also features Shaquille O'Neal, Steve Austin, Steve Buscemi, Andy Samberg, and a slew of others, because, you know, why the hell not?

Unlike its predecessor, Grown Ups 2 is more of a strung-together series of bits and gags instead of an actual attempt at a movie. That's not necessarily a 'bad thing' per se, especially if you like burp snarting, urinating deers, and chocolate ice cream-poop humor, but I did wonder who on earth decided that a shameless potty comedy like this one should be longer than 90 minutes. If writer and producer Adam Sandler decideds to mail it in, that's fine, he has the resume for it, but director Dennis Duggan should probably have decided against going 101 minutes. 

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