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Grown UpsGrown Ups suggests a new phase in Adam Sandler's career: Sandler as star-purveyor of mildly risqué, middle-aged family-values...Grown UpsComedyPT98MPG-13Grown Ups suggests a new phase in Adam Sandler's career: Sandler as star-purveyor of mildly risqué, middle-aged family-values...2010-06-23Salma Hayek
Grown Ups | THE GANG'S ALL HERE Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, and Adam Sandler laugh it up in Grown Ups

THE GANG'S ALL HERE Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, and Adam Sandler laugh it up in Grown Ups (Tracy Bennett)

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Grown Ups

Genre: Comedy; Starring: Kevin James, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, David Spade, Salma Hayek; Director: Dennis Dugan; Author: Adam Sandler, Fred Wolf; Release Date Wide: 06/25/2010; Runtime (in minutes): 98; MPAA Rating: PG-13

Grown Ups suggests a new phase in Adam Sandler’s career: Sandler as star-purveyor of mildly risqué, middle-aged family-values comfort food. Directed by Dennis Dugan (You Don’t Mess With the Zohan), the movie is about five schmoes in their early 40s who reunite at a lakeside cabin for the funeral of their old beloved basketball coach (who led them to victory when they were 12). Each of the characters has two traits and a warm heart; according to today’s screenwriting math, that’s three dimensions. Sandler is the Hollywood agent with a high-maintenance wife (Salma Hayek) and a trio of kids who are bratty, pampered technology nuts. Rob Schneider is a pompadoured vegan married to a hippie old enough to be his mother. Chris Rock is a househusband whose wife (Maya Rudolph) and mother-in-law keep his balls in a sling. David Spade is the drunken, lewd single guy, and Kevin James is a jolly loser whose wife (Maria Bello) still breast-feeds their 4-year-old son.

For a while, the movie looks like Couples Retreat or a Tyler Perry house party, only instead of cookie-cutter conflicts, everyone just grows happier and more relaxed. There’s a token sprinkle of gross-out gags (a giant bunion, a game of ”arrow roulette”), and Schneider’s daughters are ridiculous leggy babes out of an old Warrant video, but mostly this is a comedy about five ordinary wisenheimers just hanging out, trying to top each other with insults and catch a break from the families they (mostly) love. The big climax? Everyone goes to a water park! Diverting enough to get by, Grown Ups is Adam Sandler growing up — but not too much. B-

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