As a society, the highest paid people in the world are either athletes or actors. That is so crazy, knowing that a person who pretends to be someone else or plays a sport can own a private plane and dictate their own work. In America, an actor can paid $50 million for making one superhero film (i.e. Robert Downey Jr.) or an athlete can be paid $25 million (i.e. Kobe Bryant) for a whole year! Whereas the people running this country (ex. Congress) only get paid about $174,000 per year, and they’re not pretending or playing a sport… they’re trying to keep this country together!!! You may be wondering where I plan on going with this ramble, I will tell you. It’s because people like Adam Sandler are ruining this world by ripping off people and not having to give an actual effort. When an established actor like Adam Sandler gets paid $20 million to just sit around with his buddies, making home movies where they shoot the shit and laugh at every “joke” they tell each other, and still make more money than over half this country’s population will ever see in their lifetime, it’s a cruel & unusual joke. Unfortunately it’s a harsh reality that people spend about $20 going to the movies, seeing half-ass “comedy” and saying they loved the movie. I like to think of myself as someone who has a good taste in film, likes to laugh, and will be honest about every movie he sees. I may like a movie people didn’t (i.e. Due Date, Blades of Glory) and then I might disagree on a film that is considered amazing (i.e. Slumdog Millionaire, Atonement). But everyone that has said Growns Ups 2 was bad, they were wrong. This is a bottom of the barrel, lowest common denominator “comedy” that will only make Sandler and his buddies laugh at the millions they’ll steal from people watching this awful, lazy crap. Since Grown Ups, Sandler’s films been on a streak of terrible cinema with films like, the appropriately titled, Just Go With It, Jack and Jill, and That’s My Boy. While Sandler has not reached the low of Jack and Jill or Little Nicky with Grown Ups 2, he is definitely showing us he really doesn’t care anymore.
This is the paragraph that I usually try to tell you about the film’s plot so I’ll go ahead and tell you… oh wait, it doesn’t have one. And when I say it has no plot, I mean there is no premise or story here. The set-up essentially is that Sandler’s character, Lenny and his family have moved to his home town to have his kids raised right or some bullshit like that. After that it just follows Sandler and his buddies, Chris Rock, Kevin James, and David Spade walking around telling jokes and sharing stories about their families to each other. They go on a 90 minute adventure that feels never ending. They use the clichéd bathroom, sex, and gay jokes that never hit the mark. Quite often, the film feels like a bad sitcom waiting for the studio TV audiences to laugh. And when they have a subplot that could be explored and make the movie worthwhile, they scrap it and move on. This is such the case with the issue of one of Sandler’s kids who has a gifted leg and can kick a football like he’s in college. And they just cut it after 5 minutes and it’s over like that. And yet another subplot that could have been used as a plot is how Sandler and Rock’s teenage son’s are starting to get older and are feeling the peer pressure from the college kids to fit in, and it could have had an overdone ending that involves Sandler and Rock telling their kids to be themselves and try not to succumb to the pressure. Would those plot have made for a good movie? Hell No!! But it still would have been better than this pile of horse shit.
The main stars here, Sandler, Rock, James, and Spade aren’t acting, they just being themselves and kicking the shit. Now I wouldn’t mind that if it wasn’t for the fact that these are all middle-aged millionaires who get to sit on their asses making money for some hot garbage that is guaranteed to make back a big profit. I really don’t know how a guy like Dennis Dugan can keep getting work. If it wasn’t for the fact that he’s essentially Happy Madison’s studio director, he’d probably be sweeping out a local Wal-Mart wondering what the hell happened.
But the worst part about this whole film is that Sandler is a very funny man. I’ve seen him be funny and I know he can act, the issue is that he has to actually try. With films like Punch-Drunk Love, the underrated Spanglish, Reign Over Me, and Funny People on his resume, it’s a wonder why he still makes these types of movies. Well it’s actually quite simple, MONEY$$$$!!! All of those film’s I mention didn’t break the bank and actually lost out on some money so I can see why he makes the shit-bombs that don’t involve actual effort. But some of his earlier films like Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, The Waterboy, and The Wedding Singer showcased the actor’s sense of humor when he tries. It’s a shame that a generally talented comedian has been degraded to a career that is full of terrible movies and a lot of money. Hell, the man is a known brand and anybody will know what kind of movie you’re talking about when you say the words, “it’s an Adam Sandler movie”.
Despite all of this negative feedback on Grown Ups 2, it’s still not the worst or even 2nd worst Adam Sandler movie. That title belongs to Jack and Jill & Little Nicky respectively. Which goes to show you how bad of a film career Sandler has had when a movie like Grown Ups 2 could be a career killer for anybody else not named Sandler. I went into this movie thinking it was going to be terrible but I didn’t expect it to be this bad. A sane person could walk out of the theater watching this film and feel like they not only wasted their money, but their time as well. Grown Ups 2 was destined to be a shit bomb the minute it showcased a CGI’d deer pissing on Sandler just for the hell of it.
If I had to summarize what Grown Ups 2 is, it’s a painful experience that features Sandler and his buddies making a home movie and features all of Sandler’s friends that include Nick Swardson, Steve “Stone Cold” Austin, Tim Meadows, Andy Samburg and the Lonely Island, Shaq, Steve Buscimi, and many more. It’s pretty sad when Rob Schnider said no to this type movie, showing he finally has a limit (or the fact they wouldn’t pay him $20 million he demanded). Sandler and his pals won’t care what I have to say about his dog shit movie since they’re millionaires and are only making more money by the minute. What I will say is that this film is a big FUCK YOU!!!