Grown Ups 2
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Grown Ups 2 is a 2013 sequel comedy to 2010's Grown Ups. The original cast (except Rob Schneider) return from the original film.
Three years after the first film's events, Lenny Feder has relocated his family back to his Connecticut hometown of Stanton where he and his friends grew up.
In the film's opening in the Feder household, Lenny wakes up to find a wild deer standing next to his bed. Lenny tries to get his wife Roxanne to open the window. She wakes up in anger and startles the deer, causing it to urinate all over the bed and on Lenny. The deer runs down the hall and crashes into the bathroom where it runs into Lenny's eldest son Greg showering scaring him and making the deer urinate on him. It turns out that Lenny's younger daughter, Becky, left the door open overnight for any animals that wanted to come in. Lenny can get the deer out of the house by using Becky's monkey doll, which rips it apart, devastating her. Greg, Keith, and Becky then go to their last day of school. Roxanne brings up the idea of their family having another baby, but Lenny says their family is perfect as is, upsetting Roxanne.
At the Lamonsoff household, Eric Lamonsoff and his wife Sally are at odds with each other over how to raise their children- Sally believes in unwavering support while Eric prefers to be more practical with them, as proven for their son's bad math skills and daughter's rambunctious sense in fashion. At the McKenzie household, Kurt surprises his wife Deanne with a thoughtful anniversary present, only to find that she has completely forgotten. Meanwhile, Marcus Higgins is waiting at a train station after receiving a letter from an old girlfriend, who tells him that he has a seventeen-year-old son Braden. Marcus is stunned to see a tattooed, six-foot-tall boy, who turns out to be Braden. Marcus tries to be nice and takes him to school, but Braden shows an immediate dislike toward him, believing that he abandoned him and his mother.
After dropping off their kids, Lenny, Eric, Kurt, and Marcus spend the day roaming around town, reminiscing about the amazing summers they used to have when they were kids and Lenny's childhood bully, Tommy Cavanaugh. Lenny argues that he could take Tommy as a kid and he can still take him. Eventually, the friends go to see Becky's ballet recital, where Lenny runs into Tommy, whom Lenny is visibly terrified of. Tommy threatens that if Lenny ever lies again about being able to beat him up, he'll publicly beat Lenny up.
Once the kids are out of school, Lenny, Eric, Kurt, and Marcus decide to visit the old quarry, where they used to swim as kids. However, they run into a gang of partying frat boys who force them to jump into the quarry lake naked. Braden, who was partying with the frat boys, witnesses this and goes off to vandalize their frat house. When the frat boys return, they swear to take revenge.
Lenny arrives home to help Roxanne set up for a 1980s-themed party for their friends. Meanwhile, Marcus begins to bond with Braden. As all of their friends begin to arrive, Roxanne urges Lenny to consider having another baby. Lenny continues to protest the idea and is left dumbfounded when Roxanne reveals that she is pregnant. Lenny, feeling overwhelmed by this discovery, goes off to drink with his friends. The Feder's party goes well most of the night until Tommy Cavanaugh shows up and disrespects Lenny in front of everyone, so Lenny challenges Tommy to a fight. In a surprising turn, Tommy decides to dive so that Lenny can look tough for his own bullied son, and the two develop mutual respect. Soon after, the angry frat boys arrive at the house looking for retribution for the damage to their frat house. When they go on to insult the local town residents, Dickie Bailey, Lenny's old nemesis, points out that Lenny accomplished more in his life than the entire frat put together, inciting a fight. The locals hold their own against the frat boys and eventually send them running away defeated.
After all the commotion dies down, the four friends, plus Bailey, have pancakes at Eric's mom's house. After sharing an embarrassing photo of him and Bailey in kindergarten (they had been childhood friends before their personal lives drove them apart), Mrs. Lamonsoff reassures Lenny that a new baby is a wonderful thing and eventually he will never be able to imagine life with just three kids (and also mentions that Eric was an accidental baby because she and her husband had sex in the bathroom at a New England Patriots game). Lenny has a change of heart and returns home, telling Roxanne he is sorry and excited about the new baby, and they reconcile.
Why It Cannot Grown Up Either
- Poorly written story making the original seem like a masterpiece.
- Tons of unfunny, juvenile, and mean-spirited humor (especially when the film opens up with a deer peeing in Lenny's face).
- There are many scenes throughout the entire film that go nowhere. Most of them just serve as filler.
- There are way too many characters in the movie and is very difficult to focus on.
- Atrocious acting and performances, such as Adam Sandler and Kevin James.
- Rob Hilliard (who appeared in the first movie) has been removed from this film.
- And to include this, the rest of the Hilliard family (Jasmine, Amber, and Bridget) are not in it either. They have been removed from the film franchise with no explanation whatsoever.
- The characters act even more moronic than they did in the first film.
- While this time round the film has two antagonists in the form of Taylor Lautner's character Andy, the fraternity leader, as well as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's character Tommy Cavanaugh, while the latter's motivations are quite clear and is tolerable, the former's motivations aren't clear and are poorly written.
- This film has no plot whatsoever. At least the original tried to have a clear plot.
- Bad CGI effects, such as for the deer clearly look fake instead of realistic effects.
- Shoveled-in product placements, just like other Happy Madison films, such as K-Mart, Pepsi, Chrysler, and Mott's juice boxes.
- The non-toilet-related humor in this film is even more dull and unfunny than the entire humor in the first film.
- Many disturbing scenes with one example being when dudes dressed up in cheerleader outfits do a car wash on the Lamonsoffs' car.
- There's a scene where the ice cream man tries to make chocolate ice cream to using a broken or busted machine. However, the way the said scene is shot makes it look like he's using his poop to make it.
- There's an another offensive scene with Jon Lovitz as the yoga gym teacher in which his character instructs a whole bunch of female characters (including some of the main female characters) to slap their rear ends which, while subtle, could come off as borderline misogynistic to female viewers.
- As was the case with the first movie, it's just an excuse for Adam Sandler and his friends to take a three-month vacation that just so happens to be filmed and released in theaters.
- In spite of the PG-13 rating, this feels more unnecessarily kid-friendlier than the original film (excluding the car wash scene and occasional crude humor and nudity as well as the fake poop scene), and when compared to the first film, gives off a more dumb and juvenile vibe, whereas the first film felt more like a conventional family-friendly (meaning it could appeal to both kids AND adults) comedy despite the original also being PG-13.
- Director Dennis Dugan (the director of the first movie) hurt his career so badly that he broke his friendship with Adam Sandler and he didn't direct another film until 2020.
- And lastly, this film DID NOT need to exist in the first place. The original film wasn't even sequel worthy material anyway.
- There are some good moments in the film, such as the 1980s'-themed party as well as China Anne McClain singing, Lenny and his childhood bully Tommy encountering each other, and, of course, the climactic fight scene, not to mention the heartwarming ending and the cannonballing scene. Also, to some, the infamous opening scene with the deer could get at least a chuckle out of them, the same applying to the "burpsnart" technique.
- Just like in the previous movie, the chemistry between the four main characters is very strong and still somewhat quite realistic.
- Tommy Cavanaugh, the old bully of Lenny, is played by former WWE wrestler "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, whose screentime and performance is convincingly realistic and done justice. Also, Steve Buscemi's performance seems quite tolerable and conventional just like in the first film (though he gets much less screentime this time round).
- As mentioned in WIS #8, this film addresses the first film's "no antagonist" problem by including Andy the fraternity leader and the already aforementioned Tommy Cavanaugh, although the former was poorly written and had no clear motives.
- While the original Grown Ups film was actually more likeable to an extent but still quite a very flawed film, this film can still be likeable in a "so bad, it's good" way, due to it's very stupid, mindless and ridiculous nature, and has somewhat gained a cult following over the years.
Grown Ups 2 was met with even worse reviews than the first movie criticize and audience-wise. The film holds an 8% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 2.7 out of 10 and a critic consensus that reads "While it's almost certainly the movie event of the year for filmgoers passionate about deer urine humor, Grown Ups 2 will bore, annoy, and disgust audiences of nearly every other persuasion." Film critic Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle gave the film a one-star and stated: "The temptation arises to say something nice about "Grown Ups 2" just because it doesn't cause injury. But no, it's a bad movie, just old-school bad, the merely lousy kind and not an occasion for migraines or night sweats." Richard Roeper of The Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film a one-and-a-half star out of four and stated in his review "When Taylor Lautner is the funniest thing in a movie starring Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, we're in trouble."
The film opened at #2 on its opening weekend making a domestic gross of $41,508,572. It would later make a total domestic gross of $133,668,525. In foreign countries, the film made $113,315,753. Overall, Grown Ups 2 made a worldwide gross of $246,984,278 against its $80 million budget.
Awards and nominations
Grown Ups 2 was nominated for eight Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Picture but lost to Movie 43. It did manage to win a Kids Choice Award for Adam Sandler as Favorite Movie Actor.
- Rob Schneider didn't return due to a combination of scheduling conflicts and his wife having a baby during production.
- Two of the actors Jake Goldberg and Alexys Nycole Sanchez, who portrayed Greg Feder and Becky Feder (two of Lenny's children) respectively, have no credits after 2013.
- Cameron Boyce and China Anne McClain (two of the actors from this movie) are Disney Channel stars in the shows Jessie and A.N.T. Farm, and the Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants.