REVIEW: GROWN UPS 2
OVERVIEW: The boys are back! Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade return for a second gathering of childhood friends in the comedy GROWN UPS 2, available November 5th on Blu-ray™ combo pack and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Lenny (Sandler) has relocated his family back to the town in which he and his friends grew up and soon realizes that he can try to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, but between old bullies, cops on skis and a group of rowdy local college kids, sometimes crazy follows wherever you go. The returning all-star cast also includes Salma Hayek (Here Comes the Boom, Frida), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids) and Maria Bello (TV’s “Touch”), who are joined by NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, Nick Swardson (Jack and Jill), Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games) and Milo Ventimglia (TV’s “Heroes”, upcoming Grace of Monaco).
Exclusive to the Blu-ray combo pack are three behind-the-scenes featurettes, giving viewers an inside look at the tire scene with David Spade, the making of the Feder house and yard, and the cameos throughout the film. Both the Blu-ray and DVD come with eight deleted scenes and the “Shaq and Dante: Police Force” featurette, chronicling the silly relationship between Shaq and Dante.
SYNOPSIS:The all-star comedy cast from "Grown Ups" returns with some exciting new additions! After moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, Lenny (Adam Sandler) finds out that between old bullies, new bullies, wild bus drivers, cops on skis and 400 costumed party crashers, sometimes crazy follows you. GROWN UPS 2 is a Happy Madison production starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade. Directed by Dennis Dugan and written by Fred Wolf, Adam Sandler and Tim Herlihy. Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo served as producers.
FILM REVIEW: When it’s
done right, it is called “improvisation,” a term that
suggests a certain comedic creativity, a certain wit, a certain
professional pride and desire for excellence. Well, in any case,
that’s the way it feels in Adam Sandler’s latest follow up
to his “Bosom-buddies” original flick, Grown Ups (2010). It
seems to fall more into the category of “making it up as you
go along,” than an actual scripted screenplay; which in this
case works out quite well, for the group. The lineup of talented
moronic fellows and a mash-up of cute and plain-funny females,
could not work out any other way in my opinion. Somehow, it
feels like the crazy comedians’ goal is to reunite alumni from
"Saturday Night Live" and bring back memories of the
likes of Melanie Hutsell, Tim Meadows, Ellen Cleghorne (believe
it or not), and Colin Quinn. Jon Lovett is also in the house
with a part that could only be described as “Perv-Lunatic.”
For those whom aren’t in the know, these are comedians that
did fairly decent on "SNL" and then ran off and made
somewhat of a career and is now quite often appearing in many of
Sandler’s efforts. Hence, Grown Ups 2, I suspect is a
deliberate tactic to surround the leads (Adam Sandler, Chris
Rock, Kevin James, and David Spade) with as many familiar faces
as possible to help bring out the funny, in a manner which I can
only describe as lots of seemingly improvised situational
comedy. In any case I think this makes the main guys seem
funnier, as a group than they actually are, when left up to
their own devices.
On the other hand, one
fortunate aspect about this latest release's concept of male
friendships and marriage life is that it’s less reliant on
insults and abuse than its predecessor, and doesn't seem to need
to paint married men as being in pure misery, without their
compatriots. It, by all accounts, makes a decent effort to
highlight the more sensitive and caring side of the married man
and the need to incorporate genuine male bonding and the
occasional adolescent behavior side of life at times. The
perception I have of this movie is that it bore a little
resemblance to the recent Hollywood release called Project X
(2012). I would even go as far as to say it could be a mixture
of Project X meets Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s, This is the
End, (2013). Both of which I thought were decent flicks for the
demographic they appealed to.
That being said, I have to give
Sandler credit for sliding teen heartthrob Taylor Lautner
(Twilight series) in to the mix as the bad boy preppie frat boy.
I think he made quite a splash with this role and showed off his
dynamic acting/action style. He brought a touch of Capoeira
(Brazilian Fight/Dance style), to the role that wasn’t only
funny, but also very impressive. And last, but certainly not
least, we have the always sexy Selma Hayek whom we can always
expect to bring out the sexy and funny eye-candy role.
Overall this, by no means, is
Sandler’s best work to date; however, I would go as far as to
say that he’s actually improving with time. Moreover, I think
many would agree that this latest release is even funnier than
part one. It deserves three and a half stars out of five for a
illustrating a bit more creativity and bringing the laugh out
By Movi-Man Stan
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 1.85:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 5.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English,
and Spanish subtitles.
Widescreen (1.85:1) 16x9
French 5.1 DTS-HDMA,
Subtitles - English
"Look Who Stopped By” – A look at the cameos throughout the film.
“Mr. Spade’s Wild Ride” -- Featuring David Spade as he prepares to be rolled down the hill in a tire.
“The Feder House” – Construction of the sound stage where the Feder house was built
Eight deleted scenes
“Shaq and Dante: Police Force” Featurette