DVD Review: Grown Ups

by | Nov 9th, 2010 | 12:55AM | Filed under: DVD Reviews, Movies

DVD Review: Grown Ups is about as chuckle-headed, PG-13 crude, and un-PC as you’d expect. But thanks to my weakness for ’70s tunes, childhood nostalgia, and Adam Sandler, I found its lowbrow moronic behavior amusing… even comforting… Okay, okay… I laughed out loud. A lot.

The following is reprint of the redblog review of Grown Ups on its theatrical review last summer. Grown Ups is now available on DVD and Blu-ray from redbox.

Celebrating the perpetual adolescence of not just its characters but its performers, Grown Ups is Adam Sandler getting his pals together for a potty humored, dim-bulb goof on their own life experiences. Supposedly adult guys who look at their families with bafflement: Is this my beautiful wife? Are these my beautiful children? How did I get here?

I have a ginormous soft (-headed) spot for Sandler: I appreciate it when he shows his range in loftier acting projects, but danged if I don’t just like the guy and giggle at even his stupidest cinematic efforts. Sandler’s head may sometimes be in the gutter, but his heart always feels like it’s in the right place.

Here Sandler’s rounded up his SNL chums Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schnieder (Red West to Sandler’s Elvis), and his new movie cohort Kevin James to basically play themselves as childhood pals reuniting at a lake house for a Fourth of July weekend with their families.

Most of the rest is relentless mockery of each other’s shortcomings, bodily function jokes, several shamelessly low-brow and gross-out running gags, fat guys smacking into things and falling down, and of course kicks to the groin.

The adolescent family tone is not as gloriously R-rated raunchy as Don’t Mess with the Zohan, but nor is it as 100% family safe as Bedtime Stories. Regular Happy Madison director Dennis Dugan is a pleasing comedy hack who knows how best to make a sow’s ear into, well, a stupidly enjoyable sow’s ear.

Sandler, Rock, and James are the big-hitters, but I’ve always gotten a kick out of Schneider’s obvious riding of Sandler’s coattails even if it means putting up with his mugging. And Spade gets a few choice drop-ins, though just looking at his Joe Dirty shag head makes you feel itchy all over.

Long-time Sandler pals like Colin Quinn and Steve Buscemi swing by (literally in Buscemi’s case), and all the ladies, including Selma Hayek and Maya Rudolph, step up to fill out roles that are mostly one-joke afterthoughts to the boys’ good time. (Maria Bello and Joyce Van Patten do especially brave duty, gamely playing out the movie’s crudest juvenile jokes.)

Like most of us, Sandler’s characters constantly strive to be more open-minded and tolerant. His Happy Madison movies pride themselves on eventually winding up sensitive and caring—but only after their regular-Joes have worked out their issues with a parade of cheap, easy jokes.

(The sons in Grown Ups are rascally chips off their old blocks, but the daughters are either pre-teen cherubs, butt-of-the-joke ugly, or model-hot co-eds. Girls remain a scary mystery to the Sandler crowd.)

I laughed at a lot of lowbrow stuff in Grown Ups (yep, even at the hilariously irresponsible “Arrow Roulette”), and groaned and grimaced as well. The movie’s an excuse for Sandler and his buddies to sit around and crack each other up, but I was right there with them most of the dumb-ass time.

Grown Ups is now available on DVD and Blu-ray from redbox.

You can also buy Grown Ups on DVD and Blu-ray from redbox.


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6 Responses to “DVD Review: Grown Ups

  1. Michelle
    Posted on November 9, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I actually saw this in the theaters. I thought it was kind of blah, but good for a few one time laughs. My kids really want to see it, so we will be renting it. Poor Rob with those daughters, the hot one, and then there was the other one. Kind of made me think if the movie “Twins” where deVito was supposed to be the gentic leftovers, LOL.

  2. Trevor L
    Posted on November 10, 2010 at 11:21 am

    It was good, pointless fun. Probably the most worthwhile rental in the redbox right now. As in rent, not buy.

    • Currently 5/5 Stars
    Deborah Chronister
    Posted on November 11, 2010 at 6:10 am

    I loved this Movie, Adam Sandler and all the star’s are hilarious. My favorite however is Adam Sandler. My kids were rolling when they watched this Movie. I love a feel good movie and this is a movie I could watch over and over. It also gives both parents and children a comical way of looking at life, which we all need a good laugh daily.

  3. Jo
    Posted on November 11, 2010 at 9:23 am

    It was a yawnfest. Boring. Not one of my favorite Adam Sandler movies. I’d never watch it again.

    • Currently 2/5 Stars
    Posted on December 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    It’s rather blah.

  4. Hand
    Posted on December 15, 2010 at 10:48 am

    It was awsome gotta get it