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Grown Ups is a film about 5 friends who spend the independence holiday weekend together to memorialise the passing of their one-time championship basketball Coach "Buzzer". All of the guys are middle-aged and have acheived varying degrees of success in life, the death of their coach causes all of them to reflect on their life so far and what they have acheived. Adam Sandler (Happy Gilmore) plays Lenny, the old captain of their team and most successful; being a big-shot hollywood talent agent & maried to the beautiful Roxanne (Salma Hayek - Frida). Chris Rock (Dogma) plays a stay-at-home husband, Kevin James (Paul Blart) is a quasi-succesful lawn furniture salesman, Rob Schneider has a string of failed marriages and is currently a faith-healer with some hilarious mannerisms whilst David Spade (the latter two guys from Deuce Bigalow) plays the carefree singleton drifter, content with acheiving nothing. Most of these guys are from the Saturday Night Live (SNL) crew of the 90's and have all been in something we know and love. Critics have stated that this is a series of one-liners and fart-gags and they wouldn't be all wrong, although I did feel that this had a lot of retrospection over life in it. It has a warm feeling about being content with your lot and even Sandler's character realises that there is more to life than his career of meaningless materialism and spoilt kids. As his kids socialise with the less-fortunate members of the brood they begin to normalise and grow as people. Several scenes made me laugh out loud, especially the guys trying to make out they aren't staring at the beautiful Madison Riley by alternating who is looking at a tree and who is staring at her ass "1,2,3, switch..." .This film is honestly touching & amusing, a rare combination. There are plenty of guy-humour moments as well, as they BBQ, drink & swim the hell out the weekend. Whilst this is not going to awe you with cinematic prowess or complex story, I came away from the experience with a few laughs and a good feeling, which is the mark of a decent comedy in my book. On top of all this is a great soundtrack and some beautiful shots of the lakeside house the whole thing plays out in, well directed by Dennis Dugan. Recommended!!Report this review
A quality film that makes you reminisce about what schoollife was like. Friendship plays a key part and despite what you end up doing, thats what matters...true friendship that lasts the test of time & circumstances. Highly recommended filmReport this review
Brilliant cast, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider - the cast make the film. The story is pretty simple and is helped along by the strong cast. pretty funny but not going to win any awards!Report this review