Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Grown Ups 2 Review: Not So Grown Up

Grown Ups 2 Movie Review starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade

Director: Dennis Dugan

UK Release Date: 9th August 2013

Running Time: 101 minutes

  Starring: Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Taylor Lautner

Following on from "Grown Ups" (2010), "Grown Ups 2"  which stars Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade, fails to impress.  A childish, predictable and disappointing movie fueled with cheap jokes and immature scenes makes this certainly not one of Adam Sandler's best movies. 

The opening scene sets the tone of the movie when a deer/stag starts urinating all over the house of Lenny Feder (Sandler).  It really makes poor viewing and that is a shame as we did enjoy the original "Grown Ups".  After the opening scene the film does improve slightly but throughout there are similar immature scenes that are not funny and seem quite desperate. 

Adam Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade and Chris Rock in Grown Ups 2

The four main characters played by Sandler, Rock, James and Spade are all enjoyable to watch but it feels that ideas for this film were low and it all felt very familiar.  The story line was weak and offered nothing.  The inclusion of Taylor Lautner to the cast was also a strange one and really did not work for us.  His character was annoying and not pleasant to watch.

It was a typical comedy film that all works out in the end but this film rarely amused.  It was actually quite boring to see cheap jokes over and over again.  "Grown Ups 2" certainly deserves its award nominations, although we doubt they are the awards the film team and cast would want to win.  

There really is not much to say about "Grown Ups 2" that is positive.  Yes, there were a few humorous clips but these were very rare and were often followed by a scene so ridiculous you question as to why you have not turned it off.  Unfortunately, "Grown Ups 2" is not a great film  but we did not have to turn it off, which from reading this review back is a surprise.  It really does not require that much attention so can be on in the background while you focus on something else.

M+F Rating: 4/10

Reviewed by M+F Reviews.

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