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Grown Ups (DVD) - not very grown up!

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11.01.2017

Advantages:
some funny moments

Disadvantages:
pretty unmemorable

Recommendable No:

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How does it compare to others by the same director?Satisfactory

Value for MoneyPoor

What format are you reviewing?DVD

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Grown Ups (DVD)


Price: from £3 to £5.99
Available at: zoom.com, Tesco, HMV Online
Suitable for: rated 12
Offer: it can easily be found second hand online for around £2 (such as at Music Magpie or eBay)

Actors: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek and Rob Schneider
Director: Dennis Dugan
Produced by: Happy Maddison Productions (which belongs to Adam Sandler)
Rating: 12
Genre: comedy
Release date: 2011


I don’t know how we ended up owning the DVD of ‘Grown Ups’ – I don’t remember buying it, so it must have been my husband! We’ve watched it a couple of times, and it was watchable enough for an evening when you want to veg out and not pay much attention, but it’s certainly not a classic, in my opinion.

Story

This film is a bit of an excuse for kind of silly high school ‘boys together’ reunion and doesn’t really have much of a plot. The premise is that five (male) friends in their 40s, who played together on a high school sport team, find out their coach has passed away, and decide to get together with their families and spend a holiday together, in his memory. The film looks at the conflict that exists between some relationships and friendships, and some of the characters go on a fairly shallow journey of self-realisation, but not a lot ‘happens’ in terms of a story or plot. This certainly isn’t a plot-driven film!

Characters and Cast
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As you’d probably expect from this type of Adam Sandler movie, the characters are mostly pretty exaggerated and ‘pantomime’ in style, and the tone is pretty juvenile, so the characters follow suit. I didn’t identify with any of them or feel much connection to them.

Lenny (Adam Sandler) is now married Roxanne (Salma Hayek), with whom he has three children. He has been successful in his career as a Hollywood talent agent, but seems annoyed and discontent, despite that.

Kurt (Chris Rock) is married, and his wife is the main income earner, so he is a stay at home dad. He predictably ends up being the butt of jokes regarding this untraditional family set-up. He was probably my favourite character, but that's maybe because I generally like Chris Rock.

Rob (Rob Schneider) is married to an older women, but has many children and divorces under his belt - he plays his usual clown character.

Eric (Kevin James) is overweight and also married with children, and his wife does extended breastfeeding with one of their children, which is a point of conflict in their relationship.

Marcus (David Spade) is a sleazy and lazy character, and quite creepy.

The female characters, the children, and other supporting characters, have even less depth to them. However, Steven Buscemi makes a brief appearance, which I always enjoy!

Type of Humour

There is a lot of silly, slapstick humour, and joke where male friends making fun of each others’ short comings. I find that Adam Sandler films often have a few jokes which I find a bit uncomfortable – either with sexist, homophobic or transphobic undertones, and we hear some of that type of joke here too, mostly about Chris Rock’s character being a stay at home dad, and one of the mums doing extended breastfeeding. There are a few moments which are funny, but not as many as I was hoping.

DVD Extras

The DVD has two extras: The Cast of Grown Ups featurette; and Laughing is Contagious featurette. I haven’t watched either of them because I don’t want to learn more about the movie. There are subtitles on the DVD, available in English and Hindi.

Overall

I was a bit disappointed with this film. It feels quite self-indulgent, like the cast made it so they could get together, mess around, and have fun. There are a few funny moments, and as it requires no concentration, it’s perhaps a good film to watch if you’re feeling a big hungover and in need of light relief. It was unmemorable and I won’t be going out of my way to watch it again.


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Saraa23 18.01.2017 10:50

Great review

Jackaloopestyle 15.01.2017 02:31

vh :)

euphie 14.01.2017 10:53

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Thirty years after graduating from school, five former basketball teammates gather at the lake house where they cel...

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Classification 12 years and over
DVD Region DVD
Production Year 2010

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Studio(s) SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT; CINRAM LOGISTICS
Producer Jack Giarraputo, Yancey Derringer Banks, Kevin Grady

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