Grown Ups is a 2010 American comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan. It stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider as a group of lifelong friends who reunite for a July Fourth weekend with their families after learning about the sudden death of their middle school basketball coach. It later spawned a sequel titled Grown Ups 2, which received worse reviews than the first one.
After their high school basketball coach passes away, five good friends and former teammates reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Why It Sucks
- The film has no real plot or narrative, just a basic premise as listed above. This is obvious because there is no central plotline or conflict and no true villain(s).
- There is hardly any focus on death, and there are around 17-20 characters trying to take centre stage with different unrelated plotlines.
- When Eric falls after swinging from a rope and Rob is impaled by an arrow during the first arrow roulette sequence, nobody seems to want to take them to a hospital, which should be the best thing to do.
- The film is a very weak and poor take on the buddy-comedy flick, and it all just feels like it was made as an excuse for Adam Sandler and his friends to go on vacation.
- Many of the scenes come off as unfunny, childish and poorly-executed, especially the scene where Lenny and his friends are all peeing in a public pool, bringing an irony with the film's title.
- The arrow roulette joke is not only unfunny, but it even gets used two times, the latter literally being the final scene of the movie.
- Some of the characters don't have that much of a purpose in the movie, such as Rob’s daughters.
- Some of Lenny and his friends' kids can act bratty and annoying during most of the beginning of the film.
- Much like other Adam Sandler movies, there is shoved in and blatant product placement like KFC for example. Especially the PlayStation Portable (which is owned by Sony, the company that owns Columbia Pictures, which this movie is distributed by).
- Some bits of the movie don't serve much to the rest of the film, like when Lenny’s daughter, Becky, finds out that the Tooth Fairy isn't real.
- There's not that really much of a moral or lesson in the movie.
- In fact, the film tries to have a scene where everyone confesses all their secrets and promise not to do anything wrong to their loved ones, but there is no build-up to this due to the lack of a plot or narrative.
- Kurt's mother-in-law is an offensive black woman stereotype who is literally called Momma.
- In real-life, it takes about six months for a mother to stop breastfeeding her baby, so the fact that Sally is still breast-feeding her four-year-old son can cause severe swelling (and even infections) to her breasts and can cause him to become really screwed up as he gets older.
- Mama Ronzoni's toe is extremely disgusting to look at.
- It can get mean-spirited from time to time.
- The film can (somewhat) have its moments from time to time, but not that often.
- The chemistry between Lenny and his friends is pretty decent.
- The kid characters start to become more tolerable during the middle and the end of the film.
The film received mixed to negative reviews from critics and audiences alike. The film currently holds a 10% critic approval score on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 3.3 out of 10 and a critic consensus that reads "Grown Ups' cast of comedy vets is amiable, but they're let down by flat direction and the scattershot, lowbrow humor of a stunted script." Richard Roeper described the film as "a blight upon the bright canvas of cinema." Tom Long of the Detroit News described it as "trite comedy" and "total garbage."
- Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and David Spade later started together in the Hotel Transylvania franchise two years later.
Grown Ups grossed $162 million domestically and made $109.4 million in foreign territories. Overall, the film earned a worldwide gross of $271.4 million against its $80 million budget.