“ Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 2010 / Suitable for 15 years and over / Director: Dennis Dugan / Actors: Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider ... / DVD released 2011-01-17 at Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK / Features of the DVD: Colour, PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen „
Grown Ups. FILM ONLY Review.
Released in 2010 and starring Adam Sandler, Grown Ups is a comedy film I have watched a few times now, with my most recent viewing being Sunday morning and so far it seems I still enjoy it even after multiple viewings.
Written by and starring Adam Sandler and directed by Dennis Dugan, Grown Ups begins in 1978 with a school championship basketball game. After winning the championship the team of 12 year olds attend a presentation ceremony held at a lake house by their coach to celebrate them being his first team to ever win the championship.
Fast forward 30 years and the team have all grown up and have their own lives. They remember their high school days and the guys from the basketball team but a memory is all this is as life has taken over, until they each receive a phone call to tell them that their high school basketball coach has passed away. It is this phone call that gives us a brief insight into each of the main characters. Firstly we have Lenny who is played by Adam Sandler. Lenny is "Mr Hollywood" a top movie director with a fashion designer wife, 3 spoilt rotten children, a nanny for the children and a huge house. Lenny has done well since high school and is really living it up. Next we have Eric played by Kevin James. Eric is suffering with his weight, has recently been made redundant and while he does his best for his wife and kids we are given the idea that he lets his family get away with pretty much anything and he is no longer in control of what he wants from life. Chris Rock plays a very comical role as Kurt, Kurt is a house husband and stay at home parent to his children while his wife goes out to work. Living with his mother in law, his wife and children Kurt is constantly picked on and bullied about his lack of cooking skills and how he cannot do anything right. Married to a woman who is old enough to be his mother Rob Schneider plays the part of Rob in the film. Rob is very spiritual and into the alternative healing methods. He has 3 grown up daughters from his ex wives and is constantly ridiculed by the other guys for his lifestyle and life's mishaps. The fifth of the five friends is Marcus. Marcus is played by David Spade and is the only one of the five not to be married and settled into family life, Marcus likes to drink and party and basically sleep with as many women as he can. Until now he has been leading his life like one big party so it is interesting to see the effect of this and the many other different circumstances and problems each guy has when the five friends and their families meet up for the funeral of their coach.
As each of the friends arrive at the funeral we see a few scenes of the usual banter and "guy humour" as they are reunited. From the dialogue in this scene it is clear the friends have stayed in touch over the years but have not seen each other as often as they would have liked.
Following what turns out to be a rather humorous funeral scene we learn that the teams coach wanted his ashes spread on the Island near the lake house they had celebrated in 30 years before. Lenny has paid for renting the lake house for the weekend and all five families head for a weekend of not only spreading the ashes but also catching up and having some good clean outdoor fun. The trip to the lake house takes the team back to their childhood memories and begins to remind them what is important in life as well as bringing them a few realisations about their own children. It is because of these memories and realisations that the main story begins and we find out, can five families with completely different situations and problems come together, reconnect and improve their families lives? What kind of humour can be found in a machine designed to electrify bugs? can modern day kids be taught the wonders of the great outdoors rather than video games? and seriously.... what kind of dog sounds like a turkey when it barks?
The lake house reunion also sees the team reunited with the basketball team they beat in the championships 30 years ago who challenge them to a rematch arguing that the original game was a false win as the player who made the final shot to win the game had his foot over the line. Knowing it is what their coach would have wanted the team agrees to a rematch and the rivalry between the two teams is reignited and some more comedy moments are created in the build up to the final rematch. Will the team triumph once more?
I have a love of "silly humour" movies, I like anything where I can sit down and watch without having to think too much and just laugh, but at the same time the plot does have to be slightly realistic. This movie fits this need perfectly. The plot is realistic and funny and when I watch it I can clearly see how most of these situations would actually occur if the overall situation of putting 5 high school friends and their families together for a weekend did occur. There is a lot of silly humour and laugh out loud moments which I really enjoy. There are a couple of scenes which I think are a little pointless, but they are short and by the time they are over you have forgotten them so they don't take anything away from the film.
The acting is good and when I am watching it, it does feel like I'm simply watching men being, well, men! There is plenty of banter and this isn't limited to the men, their wives are equally as funny and provide plenty of comedy moments as do the children. Adam Sandler is a little annoying in the movie, but I think he has a tendency to annoy me in any movie.
The film is rated as a 12 and I think this is about right. Although I think it should be made clear to any 12 year olds watching that some of the games they play in the film should simply not be played in real life! I think they try to show this in the film with the injuries received from the games but still the games might look more fun than dangerous to a younger person!
Overall I do recommend this film. It is funny and pretty easy viewing with an entertaining storyline.
Thanks for reading! :)
Lenny - Adam Sandler
Kurt - Chris Rock
Eric - Kevin James
Marcus - David Spade
Rob - Rob Schneider
Roxanne (Lenny's Wife) - Salma Hayek
Sally (Kevin's Wife) - Maria Bello
Gloria (Rob's Wife) - Joyce Van Patten
Deanne (Kurt's Wife) - Maya Rudolph
I watched the film 'Grown Ups' last night and realised it was better that I thought it was going to be.
The films plot is (very basically), a group of 5 men who are reunited at their basketball coaches funeral. As young boys the 5 were best of friends but as they have grown up they have drifted apart. The five characters are now all grown up with families of their own. They return to the lake house where they had celebrated as the basketball team to scatter the Coach's ashes. As with any group of friends they all have contrasting personalities. Lenny (played by Adam Sandler) is a Hollywood agent and has made a real success. His kids and wife Roxanne (Salma Hayek) are used to the finer things in life and the kids don't know how to make their own fun. Eric (Kevin James) is unable to cope with his demanding kids, while Kurt (Chris Rock) is a house husband. Along with Marcus (David Spade) the player of the group and Rob (Rob Shneider) as the deep and meaningful soul they all add different aspects and play off each other well as both cast and characters
As the weekend progresses they rekindle their friendships and try to show their kids how much fun they used to have. The children are not convinced, preferring to play on their game consoles, order bottles of water or have tantrums when they haven't got their own way. As the film progresses we see the 5 friends teaching the kids to have more fun.
Joyce Van Patten
With this cast you expect comedy, and they all play their parts well. The wives and the children do take a back seat to the male cast but they are more funny in my opinion and should have been used even more. Adam Sandler & Rob Shneider are not as funny as you would think and do let the side down a little. But some of the other characters make up for this. Kevin James and Chris Rock as henpecked husbands give a few laughs.
It's a pretty obvious film with some obvious laughs but it rolls along OK. Its a typical family Sunday afternoon film. Both the adults and older children will find it funny but don't expect anything to surprising
Grown-Ups is yet another Adam Sandler film in which he plays a very similar character to thosein all of his comedies but, this time around, the jokes don't quite fly as thick and fast and there is a bit more of a family element to the story in this tale of four friends who have each "grown up" living very different and seperate lives but each still have one thing in common ~ their love of having fun!
When their old basketball coach dies, a group of five friends reunite for the funeral and Sandler reveals that he has booked a beach house they used to stay in for the wekend so that they can scatter his ashes and say their farewells. Each of them has gone in a different direction, all of them save one now has kids and none of them bear much resemblence to the kids they once were. But despite getting together for the saddest of occasions, the group decide to have some fun and enjoy the weekend getting up to the same sort of mischief they always used to including playing Arrow-Roulette. (One of the funniest scenes in fact!)
But a group of old local rivals, still bitter over a basketball match they lost, are still hanging around the area and determined to get their revenge on Sandler and his friends for stealing the championship all those many years ago....
Anyone familiar with Sandler's work will find it as no surprise that veteran Steve Buscemi turns up in a cameo and of course, Sandler's old buddy Rob Schnieder also features as one of the friends. But anyone expecting a laugh-a-minute riot may come away very disappointed as this is a much subtler comedy to those we are used to from Sandler and a bit more higher class fare. In that it kind of works but it also kind of doesn't and there were times when I wished for Ssndler's trademark silliness again.
Still this isn't bad and there are some great moments (a cople in paticular featuring Steve Buscemi), it's just that overall this didn't come together as well as it might have done. And that's a shame!
When it comes to comedy- you name it, I have seen it. Who doesn't need a good laugh every now and again?? And Adam Sandler is a comic genius!! I love him!! (Although, don't let my partner hear that, he may have some choice words). I have yet to come across an Adam Sandler movie that hasn't been of epic proportions. That man just knows how to make a girl laugh *swoon*!!
When I heard this movie was due to be released, I was super excited. The mix of actors was just promising in itself that this was going to be gold. Adam Sandler - needs no introduction to people like myself. For those out there who haven't seen this man in action, I urge you to go buy a dvd right this minute (Big Daddy being my personal fave). Rob Schneider, or as I like to call him, 'Sandler's understudy', has never been in a film (to my knowledge, I may be corrected) without Mr Sandler himself and he just adds to the hilarity of each script. Kevin James, who is more known for his role in King of Queens. Chris Rock, who has starred in Down to Earth and lent his voice for Madagascar. David Spade who is a gem in Rules of Engagement.
These 5 comic geniuses add their own humour to this outrageously funny movie. They star as five best friends from high school, who now, in their 40's are reunited for a funeral of their former basketball coach. Cue drama, tears and laughter as the five guys and their partners, kids and pets get together to celebrate life and the fourth of July!!
Kevin James stood out for me in this movie in particular. His character, although similar to many he has played before, was a bit more serious in this film and his true actor side was revealed. He displayed many different emotions from humour, sadness and his serious facade. As a family man I believe he played the role well and one could really relate to his character who is over-weight, out of work and not getting along with his wife.
My least favourite character in this film was Marcus, played by the ever hilarious David Spade. His character was original, but very much him. I don't see much scope with this actor. He always plays single middle aged men that are a bit odd and looking for love. He's that one kid in a group that always gets picked on but I think he could have added more to his role.
The main plot of the film takes the five men and their families to an old lakehouse in order to spend some time together and re-live the old times. It is soon apparent how they have all changed and grown apart as their lives have all gone in different directions. Sandler - the famous successful one, James - the unemployed, over-weight one, Spade - the single loner, Rock, the stay at home father who loves to cook, and Schneider the pacifist who has been married three times and is now with a woman 30 years his senior. Five characters such as these was bound to cause controversy with a little bit of humour (of course) thrown in.
Many everyday situations that we all deal with are shown throughout the film and to me it showed not to take life too seriously. We all go through the bad times but when you look at them from a distance our bad times are put into perspective and can appear quite funny.
A brilliant pick me kind of movie when you are feeling bad about your life or are just in need of a good laugh. 10 out of 10
I brought Grown Ups about 2 weeks ago basically because I like Adam Sandler's films. Me and my partner can never agree on any film to watch as we have completely different tastes. When I showed him this film, he groaned but said to put it on and get it over with.
Released in 2010, Grown Ups is a comedy suitable for aged 15 and above. Adam Sandler takes the lead as Lenny in this film. Lenny has three children and is married to Roxanne, his high achieving fashion designer wife Roxanne. There wealth comes with its disadvantages. The children take everything for granted and don't really understand the proper joys in life. Adam Sandler is supported by the likes of David Spade and Kevin James.
The film follows Lenny (Sandler) and five friends who thirty years earlier win their championship game under the guidance of their inspirational coach. Fast forward 30 years and the group find out the coach is dead and meet up again to go his funeral and send him off in style. The film from here on in shows how the groups friendships develops and the relationships with their families changes
I absolutely love this film. It has a great balance between providing laugh out load moments without being too cheesy or predictable. The strong cast in this movie makes the film come to life. Adam Sandler leads the cast well and provides the perfect central figure in this movie. On another positive this film can be watched by lots of different people. My partner surprisingly also loved it. With all the 'chick flicks' out there, this film provides a brilliant contrast. By focusing on middle aged people who are married with kids and who just want to revert to their childish ways you are asking for silly antics and funny one liners.
The scriptwriting and filming itself is very strong with the jokes always being very funny.
This is a great movie. MUST WATCH!
The 2010 film Grown Ups isn't the kind of film which I would normally watch, but my sister is a big fan of the mildly amusing, feel good, middle of the road stuff. When she slipped this DVD to me, eyes shining with sisterly confidence that I would share her taste and watch her precious film my heart sank, as I realised I would have to watch the bloody thing. The review is film only as I really couldn't bring myself to check out the 'special features'.
Long term childhood school buddies bonded in a seminal basketball match in 1978 get together when their old coach dies to attend his funeral. Their lives have taken different but not massively dissimilar paths. They take the opportunity of Coach Buzzer's funeral to re-bond over a fourth of July weekend, taking their families along with them on the path to good old fashioned values of friendship etc. Blabbing anymore would give the whole caboodle away, so if you want to know more you'll have to sit through the film.
My and 'im indoors opinion
The cast boasts some big names in the world of t.v. and film comedy, these actors of course take the part of the four main protagonists. The two biggest stars for me are Chris Rock (playing Kurt McKenzie), and Adam Sandler (Lenny Feder, the action is seen primarily through his eyes), followed not so closely by Kevin James - King of Queens, and Mall Cop (playing Eric Lamonsoff, David Spade - I know him from 8 Simple Rules, because my kids liked it, but he's been in loads of things in relatively minor roles (playing Marcus Higgins), and Rob Schneider - Deuce Bigalow, and Hot Chick amongst others (playing Rob Hilliard). The wives and partners are played primarily by less known actresses although Salma Hayek plays Lenny's wife, Maria Bello - Law and Order Special Victims Unit - (playing Sally Lomansof), Maya Rudolph - Lilian in Bridesmaids - (playing Deanne McKenzie) and Joyce Van Patten - Marley and Me (Mrs Butterly), playing Gloria Schneider. I've probably already bored the pants off you listing so many cast members, so any others, children and farting grannies included on IMDB. The actors gave a decent performance but there is no real fire, and depth to the characters, no one really takes their role by the balls and runs with it.
This film has one quality and only one, in that if you are feeling very low it's kind of comforting and innocuous to watch, a bit like a cup of tea and a digestive. It doesn't make you think, or have any real strong feeling for the duration of the film. The film seems to set up several avenues which appear to be ripe for exploitation mining rich veins of funny angsty misunderstanding and schmaltzy reconciliation. It never follows any of them meandering along in an easy going sort of way, and for me therein lies it's only strength, in the absence of any real humour or story line, comforting and bland is all we've got.
There is only one memorable line in the film (for us) which happens at the funeral of Coach Buzzer. . . I'm not going to quote it - as I would be able to with some films to give you a taste of the hilarity, because this is the main reasonable laugh we got from the film, and I don't want to spoil it for you
This film has no conception of a narrative arc it is more a collection of scenes shoved together, somewhat like a scrap book of what we didn't really want to know of what they got up to in their summer holidays. As far as I can see the only theme in the movie is the idea that we all need to reconnect with our inner Mr/Mrs nice guy and our buddies and all will be right with the world. Even the 'bad guys' aren't that bad, just frustrated and put upon, nothing a hug and a chance to shine won't put right. I guess this is where they get you because I think we would all like to believe in that idea.
It seems quite inconceivable that given the budget and big names the film makers could not have had a little more ambition for this film. The writing credits go to Adam Sandler and Fred Wolf, well 'credit' is a strong work. I've never been a big Sandler fan but he has quite a reputation as a comic writer and I really don't feel this film lived up to that. I'm also surprised that a huge name like Chris Rock couldn't wring a little more spark from the dead script.
A few belly laughs and some witty and smart dialogue; which seems to flow naturally in many US t.v. shows were completely absent from this offering. Having said that the husband has a guilty secret in that he actually watched the film twice this weekend! This makes me wonder how much control we really have as rational human beings and just how much some deep need for emotional anaesthetic drives our viewing choices. Maybe these Hollywood writers aren't so stupid after all.
Running time of 102 minutes
The film has a 12 certificate
The Cast of Grown ups Featurette
Laughing is Contagious Featurette (if only I'd laughed I might have found out if that was true)
Okay so i am a great fan of adam sandler but unfortunately his last few films have not been very good so when i was about to watch this film i really was not expecting too much from it. However, if you are like me and thought the same please give this one a chance, its hilarious! From the start of the film to the end i was laughing like i was watching a 90's adam sandler film. His usual sarcastic and crude sense of humour returns in this film and the whole cast compliment this film excellently. This film, unlike sandlers last 3 or 4, actually took me back to the waterboy era of films, where it looked as though adam sandler had a lot of fun making the film and that is absolutely his key to success. To sum up, this film will have you laughing your socks off and is absolutely worth a watch!
I don't like comedies.
I don't like films that are stupid, that are predictable or that have the same lay out as every other film in that genre. Therefore I don't like comedy films. I've watched a few in my time, most recently things like Wedding Crashers, Step Brothers etc and although they all can just about summon a smile every now and then the idea of choosing to watch a comedy over any other genre of film never occurs to me. In fact when they are on in my house that is usually my key to retreat for a nice long soak and a book. So when this was on in my house I took the time to enjoy a nice vino and get some good old surfing done (of the world wide web variety that is!). Don't get me wrong I'm not a bah-humbug type of girl, far from it. I love a good giggle but I can't explain why I have no interest in comical films.
I expected this film to be exactly the same as every other comedy out there. It has a typical comic line up-Adam Sandler as the lead, Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James are to name but a few. And from the trailers I had seen it looked to be about a group of men on holiday with their children. Although this is pretty much the theme the actual story starts when the five main friends are young boys on the same basketball team. They win their Championship game and their coach gives a heart felt speech, which clearly touches each one of the players. Within minutes the intro to the film is over and we are re-introduced to the same characters but 30 years on.
Adam Sandler plays Lenny- the first of the characters we re-meet. He has three children, 2 boys and a girl and is married to the stunning Salma Hayek who plays wife Roxanne. Sandler's character is a big shot hollywood agent and Hayek is a fashion designer who's clothing line graces catwalks the world over. A particularly touching part is when the youngest child-daughter Alexys drives her daddies very expensive car into the garden furniture saying she was trying to get the sat nav to tell her how to get to heaven where she knows her daddie's friend has been taken. The scene ends when Sandler is informed his much loved basketball coach has sadly died.
The next part of the film shows each of the characters finding out about the death of their coach and the introduction to the funeral back in the boys home town. David Spade plays Marcus, the only one of the five with no significant other or children, he is the most immature of the five and still likes to drink and party-probably why he's never settled down! Chris Rock plays Kurt a househusband who is the homemaker in his family living with pregnant wife, 2 children and mother in law-he faces the challenges us women face daily in a very funny way! I would be upset too if my risotto was so undesired Chris! Kevin James plays overweight and unemployed Eric who is married to the lovely Maria (Sally Lamonsoff of Butterfly on A Wheel and Coyote Ugly) and their two children (one of whom is 4 and still breast-feeding! Probably the only part of the film I thought was unneccassy and lowered the tone a bit too much). And Rob Scheinder who plays Rob, an unlucky in love hippy type who's wife is the same age as most grandparents!
The characters and their families return for the fourth of July weekend to a log cabin where they used to spend time as children and the film follows their coming together as friends and also each of their families re-connecting again. The men unite to scatter the ashes of their beloved coach while the women bond despite their evident background difference.
My opinion of these films is that there is usually a nice begining, some kind of situation or fall out where the characters go their seperate ways and the end is when they reunite so I was pleasantly suprised to find that this film didn't follow this script path. There is no major negativity or fall out in the middle of the film, just tonnes of comic situations that follow the strengthenings of the relationships in the house. I also liked the fact that this film literally is for 'grown ups'. This isn't really a film kids will really want to see. Don't get me wrong they would enjoy it but it would be wasted on the teens! This film shows a bunch of 30 and 40 somethings enjoy life, sharing banter and generally trying to overcome the chaos that being a 'grown up' brings. This film remind me of the embarrassing antics my parents used to get up to when we went on holiday and also remind me of exactly how I will be with my son too!
'Grown Up's is a charmingly funny tale that really made me laugh and also made me want to give my close friends a big hug! I can only hope that in 10 years my frendship group will still be this close, sharing holidays and making memories together and also enduring a few cringey-worthy but hilarious moments along the way!
Not a ground shaking film, but recommendable to all as an easy watch with a pleasant story and sweet ending. It's got a feel good factor and a warming of the cockles type ending.
5 Big Stars From me as I would deffinatly watch again and again.
No idea how this movie has an average rating of 4/5. As far as I'm concerned its lucky the ratings don't have minus values. This movie looked okay on the cover but as I'm not the biggest fan of Adam Sandler I was a little skeptical of the quality but decided to give it a chance. As it happens I was right - this is a poor movie, and probably the last Sandler movie I will pay money to watch.
The plot, if you can call it one, is this - five members of a junior high school basketball team which once won a competition reconvene for the funeral of their coach. Afterwards, they stay for the weekend in the lake house where they celebrated their childhood victory.
That's it. One of the biggest problems with this movie is that there is no actual story. It runs at an hour and forty two minutes, way, way too long considering nothing actually happens. You just have a group of oddball characters thrown together and one assumes that something funny is supposed to happen. It doesn't.
There are a lot of clichés - the dork with the hot daughters, the fat one, the successful one, the batchelor, the complaining grandma, the bratty kids, the overly mature kid, etc, etc, you get it. Rarely are there any moments of inspiration - the dog with the clipped vocal chords is an exception, but the "is that a turkey?" gag comparison is overused - and even the regular set of jokes for this kind of movie - oh, he's going to fall off the rope swing, oh, he's going to abseil into a wall, are worryingly unfunny.
Another problem is that there is no real conflict, an essential ingredient in any story. There's a little bit of banter between the friends, a little bit of disagreement with the wives, a few arguments with the kids, and a tamely executed rematch with the basketball team they beat in their original championship game, but it's not enough to make this movie enjoyable. For perhaps the last half, after I realized nothing was actually going to happen, I was waiting for it to end. I actually didn't see the last couple of minutes because it wasn't worth delaying a toilet break for.
Sandler (who also wrote this) is clearly a comedian out of jokes. The aforementioned repeated "the dog sounds like a turkey" joke is just one example, while whole threads of apparent humour are just dumb. Chris Rock's bunion joke is funny the first time, not the second, certainly not the third. And why does it matter that Sandler's character has a Chinese maid? Lamely pretending she is an exchange student the whole way through is just that, lame.
With my favorite comedy actor, Ben Stiller, releasing increasingly poor movies, and this latest waste of almost two hours of my life, I find myself increasingly distanced from the Hollywood comedies section of the video store. And as an aspiring writer, that such rubbish gets made into a film based on the weight of Sandler's reputation is just depressing. Someone needs to tell him to stop, and I'm prepared to do it. Sandler - STOP. STOP NOW. Retire, please ....
A version of this review appears on ciao.
This movie stars Adam Sandler. It's about a bunch of friends who's basketball coach died and they go to the old clubhouse they use to go to when they were kids to spread his ashes. They take each of their families and it is mayhem. While they are there, they go to a waterpark and all sorts of hilarious things happen to them and their families.
The movie is a 12 and most families should find it okay to view as a family. Some younger children though may not want to watch as it does reveal some secrets! No one should find it offensive and there is no racist jokes or discriminative jokes that may offend viewers.
The acting is good and what happens to them along the way is funny. They get hurt, embarrassed and challenged to a basketball play off. They also do crazy things such as play dangerous games like shooting arrows up in the air and trying to hit one another and swing across lakes and failing. It will make you laugh again and again and it's one of them movies that you can watch over and still laugh without getting bored.
A funny movie and should appeal to most people, there isn't any strong language but a few mild language is used. It should be suitable for most of the family however parents should watch first to make sure that they find it suitable to show younger members. A funny movie that you are guaranteed to love.
"Grown-Ups" is a 2010 American comedy film directed by Dennie Dugan and starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider.
The story begins in 1978 when 5 childhood friends win their junior high basketball championship, afterwards they along with their families celebrate at a rented lake house with their coach ( Blake Clark ) who encourages them to live their lives the same way they played the game.
Moving along 32 years all 5 friends have seperated and moved in very different paths in their lives,
Lenny ( Adam Sandler ) is a high powered hollywood agent married to fashion designer Roxanne ( Selma Hayek ) and they have three kids, two of which have grown up very spoiled,
Eric ( Kevin James ) is the co-owner of a lawn furniture company and has two kids,
Kurt ( Chris Rock ) is a stay at home dad who's wife is the primary breadwinner of the family and also has to suffer his mother-in-law on a daily basis
Rob ( Rob Schneider ) is a thrice divorced new age thinker and pacifist who seemingly has a thing for ( much ) older women
Marcus ( David Spade ) is a lazy unsuccessful womanizer who seemingly is going nowhere fast.
All 5 men reunite when they learn of the coaches death, they all go back to New England with their families for the funeral and end up staying at the Lake House they all went to as kids, while they all clearly love each other there are some pent up feelings amongst them that start to bubble to the surface, also each man begins to see life differently while out at the lake.
All 5 men also see themselves mocked by the local adults who were on the opposing team that lost the big basketball game 32 years ago, and who seemingly can't let go.
I was expecting so much from Grown-Ups with the comedic talent on display here on screen and the writing talents of Sandler I thought we would have a surefire hit on our hands, but for some reason Grown Ups falls a little flat and the men just can't seem to Gel
While I'm a fan of the story and I think each man has some funny moments, the whole movie comes across as predictable, I honestly think Adam Sandler's obsession for placing the same people in his movies, particularly Rob Schneider has run its course, and its been going downhill since Happy Gilmore.
There are a few laughs and mercifully the movie only lasts 102 minutes, but with the multi-million dollar cast on display I really expected so much more from this movie and was left very disappointed !
Grown Ups is an American comedy movie which was released on DVD in the United Kingdom in January 2011, and so the movie is very recent. Directed by Dennis Dugan, the movie stars Adam Sandler. The movie runs at 102 minutes and is a 15 which means that it must not be viewed by persons under the age of fifteen. The DVD is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £10.93.
The plot: It has been thirty years since high school graduation and five former basketball teamates have a get-to-gether at a lake house, where they celebrated their biggest victory. Their coach has just passed away and so they are having a little reunion. But will their friendship still have its spark after thirty whole years? Watch Grown Ups to find out!
I find Adam Sandler's movies to be hit or miss, and so I was a bit like 'shall I/shan't I?' about this movie! Although, I am glad that I did watch it as it was quite good and made me laugh!
I found the movie to be really funny; lots of funny one liners more than anything. There are also some hilarious scenes! This really is a great comedy movie! One of the funniest movies which I have seen in a long time!
Such one liners which made me laughed included:
Roxanne Chase-Feder: [an old woman approaches them] And this must be your mother.
Rob Hilliard: My wife.
Roxanne Chase-Feder: I'm sorry!
Rob Hilliard: I'm not.
Deanne McKenzie: How about I take you out for a date night every Thursday?
Kurt McKenzie: Well, Thursday night is Grey's Anatomy, but any other night would be great.
I think that a lot of people in their thirties/forties etc will like this movie as I think that it will bring back memories of their school days, and perhaps encourage them to get back in touch with their old school mates who they havn't spoken to for years.
There is something really heart-warming about this movie! It kind of makes you feel good, and when you have finished watching it, you feel really inspired like you could take on the world!
If you like funny laugh-out-loud movies, then I would definately recommend this!
Thanks for reading!
February 2nd 2011
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I had wanted to seen this since it was released last year but never got round to it so I was very happy when it arrived from my DVD rental company last week. I settled down to watch it at the weekend and had very high expectations as the film has a strong cast in it. Although I watched this on DVD, this is a film only review as I never bother with any of the extras.
The film begins by introducing us to 5 men who have been friends since high school, they have sort of lost contact over the years but when their old basketball coach dies it brings them all back together for the funeral.
They attend the funeral and afterwards it is planned that the 5 men and their families will all spend the weekend together in a lake house where they used to hold parties back when they were younger.
The men stupidly assume it will be just like old times but of course, they have all developed into different people and therefore aren't quite the same as they used to be, for example Rob has married a much older women and now does not seem as fun to the other guys. Will the men survive the weekend or more importantly will their families?!
I had really high expectations of this film because of its all star cast. I'm glad to say that I was not disappointed but its not one of the best films I have seen recently.
I enjoyed the plot, I thought it had a good story and there was always plenty going on for the audience to focus on. As there are 5 main characters aswell as all of their partners and children there are lots of sub plots going on. Despite this, the film is not at all confusing and I found it easy to keep up with whilst I was doing other things.
The acting in the film is very strong. I think I have seen most of the main cast in other things and a couple of my favourite actors star in this. I enjoyed watching it and thought the cast all worked well together and even though I had seen a number of the faces before I felt as though the characters were completely new to me.
The characters were all very funny. Each of the men were all quite different but you could see why they were close friends back in the day. It was amusing to see how the men didnt quite understand how their friends had changed when actually, they themselves had changed aswell.
The ending of the film was good. It gave an interesting finish to the film and it left everything wrapped up well.
The film was released in 2010.
It was directed by Dennis Dugan.
It was written by Adam Sandler and Fred Wolf.
It stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider and Salma Hayek.
It runs for 102 minutes.
It is rated a 12A in the UK.
The DVD currently costs £10.93 on Amazon.
A good comedy film with an all star cast. Definitely worth a watch but I would not pay the current price for it and instead wait for the price to come down a bit or rent it.
Ever since the first time I saw Happy Gilmore I have developed a need to see Adam Sandler movies, no matter how good or bad they look. The latest movie to grace this particular actors CV is perhaps the first of his films in a long time I've felt compelled to watch. After a slight dip he seems to be steadily making decent movies again and with a cast that includes Kevin James, David Spade, Chris Rock and Rob Schneider alongside Sandler I had a good feeling about Grown Ups. Thankfully I wasn't disappointed and I found myself laughing along to an hour and 40 minutes of decent comical moments.
The film starts in 1978 where a group of five friends win the local basketball championship for the first and seemingly only time in their coach's career. Fast forward 30 years and the team haven't really stayed in touch, Lenny is a Hollywood agent, Eric is unemployed, Rob has had a string of failed marriages, Marcus is drinking far more than is good for him and Kurt is living as a househusband. When their coach dies though they all head for the funeral and a reunion that they all hope will help get their lives back on track. For all 5 of them things aren't going as they would have planned and a trip home seems like the best way to sort things out.
A Happy Madison Production
It seems unusual these days for Sandler to star in a movie not made by his Happy Madison production company and this one is no different. It once again see's him link up with long term collaborating director Dennis Dugan who has directed Sandler in no fewer than 7 other movies including my favourite Happy Gilmore. Like his previous work with Sandler he likes to keep the ideas simple and that is why it really works in this movie. He doesn't try to do anything too adventurous or risqué and that works really well against the stunning New England back drop.
He has had a decent script to work with as Sandler mixes his own unique brand of comedy in with a very touching and feel good tale. The idea of the families rediscovering their love for life, one another and themselves really works well and whilst this isn't Oscar winning stuff it does exactly what you would expect, it entertains you whilst at the same time making you both laugh and feel good about things. The concept and even some of the jokes have been done before but somehow Sandler and writing partner Fred Wolf make it feel a lot fresher this time around.
Acting Their Age
Once again Sandler has cast himself in the lead role of a film he has written and somehow it works yet again. Of course he writes the lead roles to suit him and the part of Lenny really [plays to his strengths as both an actor and a comedian. You really get a sense that Lenny doesn't like the way his family have turned out due to his success and the trip gives him an opportunity to show them what they are missing. It works well with Sandler in this role and even the relationship between him and Salma Hayek who plays his wife is both believable and sincere on screen.
The whole cast produce convincing performances and I have to admit that I was more than surprised by Rob Schneider. I had kind of written him off as not being particularly funny but the character in this plays to his strengths as an actor. The same can be said for all of the leads and with a cast that includes Chris rock, Kevin James and David Spade it was almost a guarantee that there would be many hysterical moments throughout the movie.
With the standard of Adam Sandler movies continuing to improve again it would be fair to say that this is a decent movie. It combines his very unique style of humour with a very touching family story that really works in the setting and concept presented here. I'm not going to pretend it is flawless because it does have its faults, especially if you dislike Sandler but if you take the film as it is meant, a decent family comedy that will entertain without too much concentration then it ticks every box you could hope for. I have no hesitation in recommending Grown Up's for that rainy night at home on your own, with a loved one or with the family.