Grown Ups 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 (… Grown Ups 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 (… 2010-06-25 PG-13 PT98M Comedy Kevin James Chris Rock Adam Sandler Rob Schneider David Spade Salma Hayek
Movie Review

Grown Ups (2010)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
Grown Ups | THE GANG'S ALL HERE Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, and Adam Sandler laugh it up in Grown Ups
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THE GANG'S ALL HERE Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, and Adam Sandler laugh it up in Grown Ups
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jun 25, 2010; Rated: PG-13; Length: 98 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Kevin James, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and David Spade

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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Originally posted Jun 23, 2010 Published in issue #1109 Jul 02, 2010 Order article reprints
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