Adam Sandler and his frequent costars (Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, and Rob Schneider) grope blindly for maturity in the genial comedy Grown Ups
. Five childhood pals are drawn back together after the death of their former basketball coach; over the course of a Fourth of July weekend, they--along with their wildly attractive wives (played by Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph) and precocious children--loosen up, try to introduce their kids to the simple pleasures of nature, air some dirty laundry, and rediscover their friendship. In other words, it's a fairly formulaic comedy that veers awkwardly from gags (ranging from slapstick to mean-spiritedness) to sentiment (ranging from sappy to not entirely sappy). Its appeal will depend entirely on your feelings about Sandler and the rest of the gang--if you like this bunch of lugs (in all their prolonged adolescent glory), then you'll like this movie. If you don't, you won't. Everyone's in relaxed but good form; affable is more the comic goal than razor sharp. Expect gags about being fat, being old, prolonged breast-feeding, ogling hot chicks, flatulence, etc. There's some role reversal: it's the women, particularly Hayek as a type-A fashion designer, who need to learn the eternal cinematic lesson that family is more important than work. Featuring guest appearances from Tim Meadows, Colin Quinn, and Steve Buscemi. --Bret Fetzer
Grown Ups Adam Sandler writes, directs and stars in this comedy centred on the reunion of five former school friends. 30 years after graduating from high school, five former basketball teammates - Lenny (Sandler), Eric (Kevin James), Kurt (Chris Rock), Marcus (David Spade) and Rob (Rob Schneider) - gather for the funeral of their late coach over the Fourth of July holiday weekend at the same lakeside house where they celebrated a championship victory many years before. As the weekend goes on, the friends come to realise that just because they have all grown older doesnt necessarily mean that they have to grow up. Grown Ups 2 Comedy sequel starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade. Having greatly enjoyed the reunion which took place with his high school buddies and their families in Grown Ups (2010), Lenny Feder (Sandler) makes the fateful decision to move his family back to his hometown, where Eric (James), Kurt (Rock) and Marcus (Spade) are raising their own children. However, with unforeseen hazards including forgotten bullies, erratic bus drivers and drunken cops, home may not be the lost paradise the passage of time has rendered it in Lennys mind. The chaos reaches fever pitch on the last day of school, when it seems certain that the kids will once again be showing the adults how to behave...