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'Grown Ups 2' review: It feels like a bunch of tasteless jokes strung together


Rajeev Masand,CNN-IBN
Sep 14, 2013 at 10:47am IST

Cast: Dennis Dugan

Director: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock

'Grown Ups 2' wastes no time in setting up its tone. In the very opening scene, Adam Sandler's character Lenny wakes up to see that a deer has wandered into his bedroom. The animal then proceeds to urinate in his face. This is the first of many gags involving puke, pee, and poop that seem to propel this plot-less film forward...not to mention the 'burpsnart', which, as it turns out, is a combination of a burp, a sneeze, and a fart.

As someone who didn't hate the earlier 'Grown Ups' film - I remember writing that "the unlikely cocktail of gross frat-boy humor and sweet sentimentality surprisingly works" - even I have to admit that this sequel is a lazy, putrid comedy that appears to have been made only so Sandler and his friends could get more rich.

In the earlier film, Lenny, a successful Hollywood agent, reunited with his high school buddies and rediscovered the simple pleasures of small-town life. Now he has moved back home for good with his trophy wife (Salma Hayek) and three kids. His friends, of course, are still around - played by Kevin James, Chris Rock, and David Spade - and while they may be middle-aged husbands and parents, the film drills the same message of the earlier film - that they're really oversized children deep inside.

There's nothing much by way of story here; the film feels like a bunch of tasteless jokes strung together. At one point, Lenny and his pals clash with a bunch of frat boys, led by Twilight's Taylor Lautner, and what follows is a scene in which these four grown men must get naked and jump into a lake. But that's not even the worst bit in the film. There's a tie for the most unpleasant scene in 'Grown Ups 2' - the first is a bit in which David Spade licks the bicep of a transgender woman, and the other is a car wash sequence involving boys in tight shorts and a horrified Kevin James.

Unlike the 2010 film, which had some genuinely funny portions because Sandler and his co-actors appeared to be enjoying themselves flexing their comic chops and coming up with what looked like impromptu jokes, this one feels insincere...nobody's even making an effort here. I'm going with one out of five. Please God, let there not be a Grown Ups 3.

Rating: 1 / 5

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