Don't let the title of Adam Sandler's latest movie fool you: It's as juvenile as anything in the actor's filmography. Sandler has strayed from his doofus formula in recent years (see Punch-Drunk Love, Spanglish, Reign Over Me or last year's unfairly overlooked Funny People), but Grown Ups is a classic Sandler/Happy Madison production (a broad, guy-centric, oddly earnest comedy featuring everything from fart jokes to breastfeeding gags) about five grade-school buddies who, along with their families, get together for the first time in 30 years over a Fourth of July weekend.
[Read Jason Gargano's feature story on the actors in Grown Ups here.]
The movie's tagline says it all: “Picking up where they left off, they discover that growing older doesn't mean growing up.”
Sandler cast a bunch of old buddies as his old buddies: Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and David Spade.
Adding to the family-reunion theme is Dennis Dugan, a director whose long-running collaboration with the actor dates back to Happy Gilmore. With such a well-acquainted cast and crew, one would think this thing would yield more organically generated laughs.
Alas, Grown Ups, while offering a few good one-liners and an intriguing set of actresses (Maria Bello, Salma Hayek and Maya Rudolph), is anything but fresh. Grade: C
Opens June 25. Check out theaters and show times, see the trailer and get theater details here.