Grown Ups (2010)

Grown Ups Poster
Poster design by Arsonal (with thanks to IMP Awards)

I can’t say i’m a fan of Adam Sandler, but thought i’d give this movie a chance since it’s a comedy and a buddy movie, thinking it can’t really be that bad as most buddy movies are quite predictable.

There really aren’t that many good comedy films coming out nowadays, for every 10 comedy films out, one or two will turn out really good. I wish the movie industry would really spruce up this genre as it needs freshening up badly.

Actors/ Characters

The five key characters are played by Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and David Spade as friends Lenny, Eric, Kurt, Rob and Marcus. Supporting cast include Salma Hayek, Maria Bello and Maya Rudolph as Roxanne, Sally and Deanne.

Plot

The film follows 5 friends from Junior High School, who win their schools basketball championship. Their basketball coach’s final farewell speech “to live life till the final whistle” should echo in their lives forever as they grow older.

Fast forward 30 odd years and they’ve all gone their separate lives. Their lives have been overtaken by careers and family life, with the famous last words from their high school coach kindly forgotten.

Scene from Grown Ups
Courtesy of IGN Movies

However, the news of their coach’s death brings them all back together again for the funeral. Lenny rents the lake house for him and his friends to stay at for the weekend much to the disappointment from his wife Roxanne. Their time together gives them the opportunity to reflect on their lives and to reflect on their coach’s last piece of advice to live life fully, so in a bid to pay their last respects to him, they decide to take his advice and make this a weekend never to forget.

Verdict

It’s about as decent as buddy movies go really. Not a great movie, but I don’t think its trying to be great, just a feel-good movie about friendship and life in general, and how not to take life too seriously. I would say it is worth a watch as there are a few funny scenes like when Rob’s daughters come to the lake house, but it hasn’t made me change my opinions on Adam Sandler, still not a fan of his.

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