Adam Sandler cast a bunch of old buddies as his old buddies (Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and David Spade) and reunited with director Dennis Dugan, whose long-running collaboration with the Sandler dates back to 'Happy Gilmore.' You'd think this thing would yield more organically generated laughs. Grade: C.
Don't let the title of Adam Sandler's latest movie fool you: 'Grown Ups' is as juvenile as anything in the actor's filmography. At 43, Sandler remains mainstream America's go-to goof-off, a guy whose perpetual adolescence has made him one of the most successful box-office stars of the last 20 years.
Neil LaBute remakes the zany British comedy of errors during a time of mourning, setting it in the cultural milieu of African-American suburban dwellers in Los Angeles and featuring a who's who of black comedians (Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Kevin Hart and Tracy Morgan) as well as comedic performers like Luke Wilson and Loretta Devine. This remix keeps the melody and the arrangement largely intact with similarly rowdy results. Grade: B-plus.
Comedian Chris Rock was approached by one of his young daughters and asked why she didn’t have “good hair,” which led him to embark on a journey to the root of our fascination with placing such value on the stuff coming out of our heads. Grade: B.