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About the Movie
The all-star comedy cast from Grown Ups returns (with some exciting new additions) for more summertime laughs. Lenny (Adam Sandler) has relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. This time around, the grown ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises: the last day of school.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 109
- Fresh: 8
- Rotten: 101
- Average Rating: 2.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: This is pap, plain and simple: scattered raunch-lite devoid of emotional resonance.
Rotten: [The] lazy, scattershot and anything-but-mature sequel to the leaden Grown-Ups.
Rotten: Grown Ups Minus 2 would be more apt.
Rotten: Apparently the world demanded another family-friendly version of "The Hangover," one that combined scatological comedy with smarmy sentimentality.
So Bad It Was Funny
The critics gave Grown-Ups bad reviews but I completely disagreed. Grown-Ups turned out to be a funny comedy that made me laugh. When I saw the reviews for Grown-Ups 2 I thought that like the first movie the critics were really harsh. Sadly the critics got it right this time. Grown-Ups 2 was so bad it made me laugh but not in a good way. The jokes and the acting were terrible. Don't waste your time or money to watch this movie because it's not worth it.
Easily One of Sandler's Weakest Comedies to Date
Having seen and practically enjoyed the majority of Adam Sandler's movies, I was quite looking forward to seeing "Grown Ups 2." After all, I did like the original in a shameless guilty pleasure sort of way, so I thought the movie (the first sequel in Sandler's whole career, if you can believe it) would offer more of the same big brainless fun. Unfortunately, all I got was the brainless part, and hardly any of the fun. You see, unlike the first film, which knew how idiotic of a comedy it was and played off of its own stupidity (albeit to exhausting effect), this train wreck of a movie has no such ambition. In fact, it's probably even lazier than the original in the fact that it mindlessly cuts from one unfunny SNL-type sketch to the next with no cohesion. Its jokes are unbelievably mean-spirited and even offensive at times, and they're all undercut by either by excretory humor or an unfunny one-liner. It's even more of a bad movie, in fact, because the story tries to shoehorn in a bunch of random learning lessons that feel so entirely disingenuous and half-hearted that the actors might as well have shouted them right into their kids' ears to prove a point. Actually, that's exactly what a few of them do, and it definitely doesn't help make the flick any funnier than it already fails to be. Overall, "Grown Ups 2" is a lazy, hackneyed, scattershot mess with too many instantly forgettable characters and more of the same depressingly juvenile sight gags we simply expect from Sandler at this point. Is it as bad as say, "Jack and Jill"? I wouldn't say that, but it's still pretty terrible in its own way. This is probably one of the more disappointingly bad movies I've seen this year, and it's nowhere near as fun as the original. Go ahead and rent it if you want, but if you ask me, it's easily worth skipping.
DID THE WORLD REALLY NEED THIS POINTLESS SEQUEL?
It's hard to imagine how a movie like "Grown Ups 2" could be even lazier than its terrible predecessor, but here we are. Once again, Adam Sandler, his comedian buddies (minus Rob Schneider), and a whole bunch of celebrities in thankless cameo roles have come together to give us one of the absolute worst comedies of 2013, a film so grating, mean-spirited, and uninspired in its humor that it deserves to be placed in its own special genre of bad filmmaking. With no actual plot, the movie merely strings together a ton of randomly cheap gags and corny vulgarity. It's so fragmented that it nearly feels like one of those awful spoof films ("Date Movie," "Epic Movie," "Disaster Movie," the list goes on), except it isn't. Director Dennis Dugan and the gang try to cram in as much lowbrow idiocy, dopey sentimentality, and obnoxious product plugs as possible, and by the end, no laughs are expressed (well, other than those by the cast). Lenny (Sandler) and his three best pals Eric, Kurt, and Marcus (Kevin James, Chris Rock, and David Spade) have moved right back to their hometown and are planning a big party like in the old days, complete with a cheesy 1980s theme. Their kids have various things going on, from first dates to driving tests. Though in Marcus' case, his child happens to be a teenaged thug (Alexander Ludwig) he only just discovered he had. Meanwhile, the guys spark a war with a giant gang of airhead fratboys (led by Taylor Lautner, Milo Ventimiglia, and Patrick Schwarzenegger). At the very start, four lamely written scenes reintroduce us to the annoying characters, their families, and Dugan's terrible over-reliance on corny special effects. In particular, the film actually opens with Sandler waking up to find a badly animated deer "relieving" itself all over him and his wife, Salma Hayek. And believe it or not, it somehow manages to get worse from there. There's virtually no mention of Schneider's character from the first film, as if he never existed in the first place. But then again, no one even bothers to act at all: Sandler is basically just playing with his obnoxious friends the whole time. Hayek, Maria Bello, and Maya Rudolph are back as Lenny, Eric, and Kurt's wives, respectively, and their roles just couldn't be more thankless. What's worse is that the film's heavy-handed themes are all over the place, belittling any real issue that's ever brought up, such as bullying, with zero sincerity. Honestly, these are nothing more than actors on cruise control. Then, big-name cameo performers like Jon Lovitz and Steve Austin randomly turn up only to make a few unfunny jokes. And it's not much better for bit-part players like Steve Buscemi, Tim Meadows, Shaquille O'Neal, and the increasingly unbearable Nick Swardson. Frankly, this whole thing isn't much more than a relentlessly bad stream of candy-coated offensiveness and scatological comedy with no real purpose, not to mention a vivid depiction of seriously terrible parenting (in any film). It's little more than toilet jokes and misogynistic men leering at gorgeous women, and there isn't a single real laugh in the entire movie. In fact, hardly anyone even chuckled in the theater I was in. Essentially, it's nearly like being trapped in a locker room full of dim-witted 12-year-olds for 100 painfully long minutes. And the thing is, the cast and crew would probably take that as a compliment. So unless you really loved the first film or you're just curious to see what bad moviemaking is like, there's no reason why you should subject yourself to this idiotic disaster.
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 2013
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