Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Grown Ups (2010) review
Well, this movie wasn't as terrible as I expected it to be, but it was still a bunch of squandered talent led by bad, stupid, and shallow jokes.
PLOT:After their old basketball coach passes away, five childhood friends come back together thirty years later with their families to reconnect. Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler) married a fashion designer (Salma Hayek Pinault) and had three spoiled rotten kids, Eric Lamonsoff (Kevin James) settled down and had a family, Kurt McKenzie (Chris Rock) had a family that brought out his sensitive side, Marcus Higgins (David Spade) still lives to party and gets drunk often, and Rob Hilliard (Rob Schneider) went through several marriages and had several kids but settled down with a much older woman. This group rents a cabin for a week and learns how to become kids again and bond with their families and each other. It's a decent plot executed very badly.
ACTING:The cast is all-star, including Adam Sandler, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Chris Rock, and Kevin James, but most of these talents are squandered on shallow jokes and one-dimensional personalities. One's the leader, one's a bit sensitive, one's big, one's a partier, and one's weird. They're all simple personalities to be honest. However, I didn't completely hate Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and David Spade's roles in this. Salma Hayek was also pretty decent. If there would be any other shiners, they would be Maria Bello as Sally Lamonsoff, Maya Rudolph as Deanne McKenzie, Steve Buscemi as Wiley, Madison Riley as Jasmine Hilliard, and Jamie Chung as Amber Hilliard.
SCORE:The soundtrack itself was mainly made up of a mix of good classic rock songs placed randomly throughout the movie. I liked the soundtrack.
OTHER CONTENT:This movie was mainly a train wreck with squandered talents sprinkled throughout. The jokes for the most part were shallow, stupid, unfunny, and predictable. However, there were some parts in there that were pretty hilarious to me. Some of the dramatic parts in here were pretty okay as well.
OVERALL,a bad comedy with a badly-executed plot, squandered acting talents, a good soundtrack, one-dimensional characters, and shallow, unfunny jokes, but some jokes made me laugh, and some dramatic parts weren't too bad either.