Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Grown Ups 2 Review: More of the same


A bit late maybe but I finally got round to watching Adam Sandler's Grown Ups 2. If you are expecting a witty well written comedy you will be sorely disapointed. What we have here is a few to many fart jokes but all in all is quite a fun film. The original is some thing of a guilty pleasure of mine so I wasn't expecting much. A bit disapointed to not see Rob Schneider return to his previous role but in his place we get Nick Swardson as a slightly out of it bus driver and a whole lot more Steve Buscemi who is clearly having a good time with his character Wiley. You never would have guessed he is one of the best actors around if you had only seen this and not his roles in such greats as Reservoir Dogs, Fargo or Broadwalk Empire, but enough of that. The film follows Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler) and his family move back to his home town to be close to his friends Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade. They get up to more silly antics which see them takin on some fraternity guys along the way which escalates into all out war, like the new Seth Rogen film. Anyway what you get is slapstick humour, some good banter between the cast and an all round silly film. I can see why this film is disliked but I've had a special place in my heart for Adam Sandler since Happy Gilmore so yeah I will rate this 6/10 an above average film with an all round happy feel and cameos from Steve Austin, Taylor Lautner and The Lonely Island boys in a great car washing scene. So yeah good times if your a fan of the original give it ago if not stay away. Richee

I am well aware of all the grief that Adam Sandler gets for his films, and I understand his defence, stating that these films are made to amuse him and his fans. Its all honourable and I get it, its just the case that I don't like them.

Happy Gilmore is funny, I'll give him that, but it was the surrealism that made it funny. Grown Ups 2 and its predecessor have forgone that premise for tales of grown men who frankly feel that they are better then everyone else. I can handle that sense of sadness, patheticness, ultimate triumph and acceptance in any other movie, but Sandler's film always have a miasma of ignorance to them. It is as if that acceptable huddle of his family and friends is an excuse to perceive everyone else as "out to get them". It doesn't help that he actually portrays every person in this film who isn't a member of his family as or a friend as a potential threat to his happiness. The fight with the local college jocks is meant to inspire feelings of loyalty and humbleness, but instead its rediculous and even embarrasing that they care so much to physically fight these kids.

The humour is so self conscious as to not even be funny (in comparison to Jim Carrey in Ace Venture, who didn't care what he looked like as he came out of that rhino's arse), the sentimentality leaves a ball of sick in your throat, and the stereotypes arecompletely flat.

If the medium is the message, then Sandler's message got completely wiped out in his attempt to be funny. Sorry, but it's a 2/10 from me. Layla.

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