Advertising

The Seattle Times Company

NWjobs | NWautos | NWhomes | NWsource | Free Classifieds | seattletimes.com

Movies


Our network sites seattletimes.com | Advanced

Originally published June 24, 2010 at 3:02 PM | Page modified June 24, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Comments (0)     E-mail E-mail article      Print Print      Share Share

Movie review

'Grown Ups': Adam Sandler in an immature film about maturity

A review of "Grown Ups," an immature film about maturity, starting Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider and Salma Hayek.

Seattle Times movie critic

Movie review 2 stars

'Grown Ups,' with Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph. Directed by Dennis Dugan, from a screenplay by Sandler and Fred Wolf. 102 minutes. Rated PG-13 for crude material including suggestive references, language and some rear male nudity. Several theaters.

The new Adam Sandler comedy "Grown Ups" is unexpectedly low-key, and feels a bit like watching someone's vacation videos, with some extra granny-flatulence jokes tossed in. (Then again, I haven't seen your vacation videos.) Aimed squarely at the 40-something demographic, it's the story of five former kid-basketball teammates (Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider) who reunite, 30 years later, after the death of their beloved coach. Spending the Fourth of July weekend together at a lake cabin with their families after the funeral, they learn that friendship springs eternal. Among other things.

Those expecting tasteless content will find a smattering of it — breast-feeding jokes, sexual-desirability-of-older- women jokes, hot-teenage-daughter jokes — not to mention a healthy dose of pratfalls, including one that you can't imagine James would survive in anything resembling a real world.

But all of this feels beside the point, almost as if it's there out of contractual obligation. (Maybe it is.) Sandler and director Dennis Dugan (who's directed numerous Sandler films) seem more interested in something, well, a bit more grown-up. And as we watch the guys demonstrate their devotion to their wives and children, and their newfound loyalty to each other ... well, it gets pretty dull. Harmless, but dull. Dugan doesn't seem to know what to do with scenes in which people talk to each other — he's more comfortable with slapsticky montages of the gang at a water park — and "Grown Ups" turns out to be an oddly immature film about maturity.

The cast is likable enough to keep things watchable, particularly James and Rock. (Among their wives, Maya Rudolph and her dry wit get some funny moments, but the movie is more interested in the women as sight gags.) And it's nice to see Sandler trying something a little different, even though it seems out of his and Dugan's comfort zone. But still — 102 minutes of vacation videos, even with movie stars and butt jokes in them, feels like too much, even for grown-ups.

Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or mmacdonald@seattletimes.com

E-mail E-mail article      Print Print      Share Share

More Movies

Movie review: 'The Adjustment Bureau': Hats off to a fine fantasy

Movie review: 'Beastly': Fairy-tale misfits who look like models

Movie review: 'Rango': Johnny Depp nails his role as the lizard hero in this wild Western

Movie review: 'Take Me Home Tonight': a big '80s party you may not want to crash

Actor Mickey Rooney tells Congress about abuse

More Movies headlines...

Comments
No comments have been posted to this article.

advertising


Get home delivery today!

Video

Advertising

AP Video

Entertainment | Top Video | World | Offbeat Video | Sci-Tech

Marketplace

Indian revives Scout and takes aim at Harleynew
The Indian Scout motorcycle, favored by stunt riders, has made a daring comeback, with some reviewers saying it's a serious competitor to Harley-David...
Post a comment

Advertising