Directed by Dennis Dugan
Adam Sandler films are one of those memories of youthful nostalgia that I can’t seem to drop. Despite the fact that none of his comedic films have really been very good since “The Wedding Singer” in the late 90’s, (though “Little Nicky” was pretty close) I watch every movie he makes. I feel like I owe it to the child inside of me. And besides “Click” I’ve seen every one of his films in theatres since “Big Daddy”. Despite my soft spot for Adam Sandler, I couldn’t help but think that the trailer for “Grown Ups” looked plain awful. Like a painfully bad kind of awful. Sure, the film had Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, two of the funniest men in the world, but it also had Kevin James, one of the most blah, and David Spade and Rob Schneider, two of the most annoying. In other words, it seems like half way through casting this movie, they should have stopped. So, with all of these wonderfully bi-polar thoughts floating around in my head I finally convinced myself to sit down and actually watch the film. “Grown Ups” ended up surprising me, not because it was particularly good, but because it wasn’t particularly bad.
Critics have panned this movie horribly. In fact, despite “The Last Airbender” it might be the most hated movie of the summer… how that can happen in a month that also introduced us to yet another “Twilight” film, I don’t know, but I will tell you right now, those films do more harm overall to society than any film even created by Sandler and Co. Anyway, “Grown Ups” isn’t nearly as bad as most critics will have you believe. It’s not clever. Sandler comedies haven’t been “clever” since probably… well, never. But it’s certainly a movie that anyone can sit down, regardless of who you are, and enjoy for what it is. Five dummies goofing around. And just like when you hang out with your own friends, most of the jokes you throw around with your buddies aren’t funny, but they make you laugh. Sandler has built his career upon becoming America’s best friend, and that’s why people not only still go to his movies, but laugh along with them. You laugh because Adam Sandler is trying to make you laugh and that makes you feel kinda special. So, if you feel like it, check out “Grown Ups”. Yes, for every funny joke there’s five cringe worthy ones. Yes, every single female actress in the picture is wasted. Yes, it’s completely and utterly juvenile. But it’s still going to make you smile.
And how could you not at least chuckle from listening to a four year old boy scream “You’re wasting it!” in relation his mother’s breast milk.