Grown Ups

Year: 2010
Production Co: Happy Madison Productions
Studio: Columbia
Director: Dennis Dugan
Producer: Adam Sandler
Writer: Adam Sandler/Fred Wolf
Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schnieder, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph, Steve Buscemi

After more 'serious' work in Punch Drunk Love and the nadir of his career with crap like Billy Madison (even though it's what he's known for and has made him one of the most profitable actors alive), Adam Sandler found what he undoubtedly thought was a happy medium with Click – which contained some lofty feel-good themes but still had plenty of toilet humour.

He does a similar thing here, surrounding himself with fellow SNL-ers and contemporaries and giving them all a signature scene or two and a definite persona, chucking them into the pot and seeing what comes out through the camera of longtime collaborator Dennis Dugan.

The result is a hodge-podge of laughs and sentimentality that doesn't really know what side of the balance it wants to tip even though most people will be seeing it for the latter (upon which, admittedly, it delivers).

Sandler plays a powerful Hollywood agent who learns his beloved childhood basketball coach has passed away, so he invites his childhood friends from the old team and their families to spend the weekend together at a remote lakeside cabin to commemorate their old mentor.

While the characters aren't exactly stereotypes, they're decidedly one note – which is all the script has time for, with at least five major characters. The better scenes aren't actually the trailer-friendly pratfalls but those of all five leads sharing the easy humour of people who've known each other for years.

Take it as a series of small vignettes or skits and you might get more out of it, but clearly these guys had a blast making it.


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