An old group of friends make a movie about an old group friends. That’s basically what Grown Ups is about. Familiar names such as Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and Rob Schneider unfortunately were not able to do this successfully. Lacking intelligent jokes in the first place is not a big issue for a comedy. However Grown Ups even lacks a fair number of successful jokes. They are lame and above all the timing does not work out.
The movie starts with one of those lame flashbacks: a basketball game, five friends and an ambitious coach. Thirty years later the friends have grown apart, obviously, as they lead entirely different lives. The coach has died, how sad – and this serves as a reunion. The ‘fun’ can really start with the 5 stereotypical characters.
You can call Adam Sandler the pure fruit of comedy movies. The comedy genre has turned him into the star he is nowadays. Somehow, though, he has lost his magical touch. The scenario for Grown Ups is down to earth, lazy and not creative at all. This has affected the entire movie, because the only factor that makes a comedy great is the scenario… well, which is in this case a weak one.
The bad timing of the jokes is a huge problem. One can see jokes coming from a mile away. Moreover, these jokes have been poorly executed into the storyline creating only clichés. Perhaps the only good thing in Grown Ups was Steve Buscemi’s epic showdown.
It is unbelievable that such an amazing cast of wonderful and funny actors could have messed this up. I really would not recommend Grown Ups to anyone as it’s purely a waste of time.