In 1978, five 12-year-olds win a CYO basketball championship. Thirty years later, they gather with their families for their coach’s funeral and a weekend at a house on a lake where they used to party. By now, each is a grownup with problems and challenges: Marcus is alone and drinks too much. Rob, with three daughters he rarely sees, is always deeply in love until he turns on his next ex-wife. Eric is overweight and out of work. Kurt is a househusband, henpecked by wife and mother-in-law. Lenny is a successful Hollywood agent married to a fashion designer; their kids take privilege for granted. Can the outdoors help these grownups rediscover connections or is this chaos in the making?
User Reviews: ¨We needed to be here. Our kids were turning into snotty, spoiled, little. This is what we needed. ¨ How can a film with so many talented comedians fail to deliver laughs? Grown Ups will only make you wonder more about this question because it is just one of those movies where talents go to waste. Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, and Robert Schneider all have had lead roles and one would assume that so much talent combined would result in a hilarious movie, but it wasn’t the case because the material they had to work with wasn’t any good. They probably had so much fun working together that they focused on enjoying themselves instead of trying to write a better story or smarter jokes. Not even the talented actresses such as Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, and Maya Rudolph helped improve the movie. This is just another one of those movies that relies so heavily on having a star cast that it forgets that there are other important elements to making a film. Great actors working together doesn’t necessarily mean that you will have a great movie. Adam Sandler and Fred Wolf wrote the screenplay for this film and it is so sad to see them rely on old jokes. There is nothing fresh about this movie and you can predict most of the jokes that are going to be told. I think that all the focus of the movie was put on the cast that they forgot to find decent material to work with and that is the main problem with Dennis Dugan’s film. Dugan has directed most of these actors in the past in You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, and The Benchwarmers.
The plot centers on a group of friends from a high school basketball team who reunite after several years at their coach’s funeral. Lenny (Adam Sandler) was the star of the team and is now a successful Hollywood agent. He is married to Roxanne (Salma Hayek), a fashion designer, and they have three kids. He is worried about his children who stay playing video games all day and on their cell phones. Eric (Kevin James) is a restaurant co-owner, or so he says, and he also has two children and is married to Sally (Maria Bello). They have a four year old son who still breast feeds. Kurt (Chris Rock) is a stay at home dad, living with his children, mother in law, and wife, Deanne (Maya Rudolph). Marcus (David Spade) is probably the most immature of the group and he is still single. And finally there is Rob (Rob Schneider) who is married to Gloria (Joyce Van Patten) a much older woman who could very well be his mother. After the funeral Lenny decides to rent the cabin where the team celebrated their championship for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The five friends spend some time together with their wives and kids and learn some important lessons in the process.
The plot is very poorly developed and this movie could have been so much better considering the cast, but it really fails by focusing on very lazy humor instead. It is like these guys were simply put together in the movie and let each one improvise. I am sure they had a great time making this movie, and had much more laughs than we did by watching it. Not even the supporting roles by Steve Buscemi, Tim Meadows, Colin Quinn, and Norm MacDonald were enough to save the movie. Grown Ups is just one of those movies where you have to grab your head and wonder how all this talent was put to waste. This just proves that having an all star cast doesn’t mean you can make a decent movie and that it is important to have good writers mixed in the process. This was really a huge disappointment considering I am a true fan of most of these actors and have laughed hard at so many of their movies. Either the material they had to work with is getting worse or I am just getting older and not finding some of these men as funny as I used to. I am still waiting for a decent comedy to come out this year and put a smile to my face.