Grown Ups 2 | Movie review

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Release date in Malaysia: September 5th 2013
Rated: P13
Distributor / studio: Sony Pictures / Happy Madison
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 101 minutes
Director: Dennis Dugan
Writers: Adam Sandler, Tim Herlihy, Fred Wolf
Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello, Nick Swardson

Synopsis: The all-star comedy cast from Grown Ups returns (with some exciting new additions) for more summertime laughs. Lenny (Adam Sandler) has relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. This time around, the grown ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises: the last day of school.

Verdict: It’s no longer about a few old friends getting together with a meaningful purpose, instead, this pointless sequel’s about how fun their lives are turning out to be in idiot town. Who actually thought it’d be worthwhile watching a bunch of “grown ups” trying to learn how to burp, sneeze and fart subsequently? The answer’s Adam Sandler, the co-producer, co-writer and lead actor of this film, which tries to amuse its audience with plenty of gross and cleavage “humour”. It’s also like a number of bad commercials merged into a film ’cause practically every scene ends abruptly with unintelligent sitcom-like one-liner jokes. Does Grown Ups 2 deserve the “Worst Summer Movie of 2013” title? Maybe, but I had more laughs watching this than the completely unfunny Red 2.

Girlfriend’s opinion: “Quite funny but immediately forgettable.”

Cool new cast for minor roles: Shaquille O’Neal (with a random NBA inside joke which I was probably the only one in the cinema hall who got it), Stone Cold Steve Austin (WWE hall of fame wrestler), the Lonely Island (Andy Samberg and the rest), and Taylor Lautner (who stole the show by the way).

Rob Schneider: One of the five main characters from the first film, Rob Hilliard, is missing and they wrote the script it like as though he never existed. Sandler must think all movie-goers are fools or something. Anyway Schneider didn’t return to play the role ’cause apparently he and Sandler are not in good terms anymore. To be honest, he wasn’t missed, but the two hot daughters of his character’s were.

Malaysian censorship: Only two scenes are noticeably censored but I saw them at local cinemas in trailers and making-of. Plenty of cleavages, bad family influence and disgusting scenes and the film’s classified as P13 here but some movies that aren’t even as bad as this were classified as 18. Our local board of film censorship is fucking brilliant, I tell you.

Rating: 1 / 5

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How stupid this movie actually is: The cops here can open fire and get drunk like nobody’s business. Lenny Feder (Sandler) accidentally breaks his son’s leg and still able to make jokes (how his son can be discharged from the hospital within the same day is pretty dumb as well). His daughter whines in the entire movie about wanting her monkey stuffed toy back and when she does, she uses it to get a deer to attack the guy that’s beating her dad up, which in the first scene she complained that the stuffed toy was ruined by the deer that was actually from somewhere else so how the hell it got to their place and how did she know that the deer was going to be there? This happens at the end of the film during the 80s themed party where a “gang fight” break out between a group of college kids and the families who allow their house wives, little children and pregnant ladies join in the battle. Before that, there’s a scene where they sort of reused the idea from the first film, Dennis “Tommy” Cavanaugh (Stone Cold Steve Austin) deliberately allows Lenny to win in their fight just so that Lenny’s son can learn to stand up against bullies. At the end of the film, Lenny is actually proud of himself for being able to do the burp-sneeze-fart combo. The 80s themed party thing, does anyone wanna bet that in a few years time, there’ll be a movie with a party that has a 90s theme? At least it’s not done in over dozens of movies yet.

If this movie was screened at VMA 2013:

Grown Ups 2 deer pissing urinating scene meme with Miley Cyrus VMA performance reaction from Will Smith's family and others

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  1. j_fish

    The jokes are all very forced to me. It's like "alllmost there, ok, ha ha. Move on". And it seems like they threw in the bus driver to subtly take over Rob.

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