Movie Review

Grown Ups 2

They'll do anything for their families... except grow up.
Grown Ups 2 Movie Poster

US Release Date: 07-12-2013

Directed by: Dennis Dugan


  • Adam Sandler
  • Lenny Feder
  • Kevin James
  • Eric Lamonsoff
  • Chris Rock
  • Kurt McKenzie
  • Salma Hayek
  • Roxanne Chase-Feder
  • David Spade
  • Marcus Higgins
  • Maya Rudolph
  • Deanne McKenzie
  • Maria Bello
  • Sally Lamonsoff
  • Nick Swardson
  • Nick
  • Steve Buscemi
  • Wiley
  • Colin Quinn
  • Dickie Bailey
  • Tim Meadows
  • Malcolm
  • Jon Lovitz
  • Squats Fitness Janitor
  • Shaquille O'Neal
  • Officer Fluzoo
  • Alexander Ludwig
  • Braden
  • Georgia Engel
  • Mrs. Lamonsoff
  • Taylor Lautner
  • Frat Boy Andy
  • Peter Dante
  • Officer Dante
  • Oliver Hudson
  • Kyle
  • Allen Covert
  • Hippie Teacher
  • Steve Austin
  • Tommy Cavanaugh
  • Milo Ventimiglia
  • Frat Boy Milo
  • Jake Goldberg
  • Greg Feder
  • Cheri Oteri
  • Penny
  • Dan Patrick
  • Gym Teacher
  • Norm Crosby
  • Kmart Employee
  • Andy Samberg
  • Male Cheerleader
  • Jorma Taccone
  • Male Cheerleader
  • Bobby Moynihan
  • Male Cheerleader
  • Akiva Schaffer
  • Male Cheerleader
  • Taran Killam
  • Male Cheerleader
  • Paul Brittain
  • Male Cheerleader
  • Erin Heatherton
  • Ginger (Head Cheerleader)
  • Patrick Schwarzenegger
  • Frat Boy Cooper
  • David Henrie
  • Frat Boy
Reviewed on: July 18th, 2013
Chris Rock and Adam Sandler in Grown Ups 2

Chris Rock and Adam Sandler in Grown Ups 2

Adam Sandler and company will never be accused of maturity. Sandler’s films will never be mistaken for intellectual comedy. His films are juvenile and he knows it. He revels in it. The Grown Ups films are not trying to be anything but childish humor. Accept that and you will not be disappointed.

In the first film, Sandler took his family to the small town he grew up in for a vacation. As this sequel opens we discover that he has moved his family there. The film never says exactly where “there” is. It is one of those Hollywood versions of a small town, where everyone knows everyone and no one seems to have any responsibility and no one takes anything very seriously.

The entire film takes place on the last day of school. It starts with Sandler’s family waking up to find a deer in their home and it climaxes that night in their backyard where they throw an 80’s themed party. There is no actual plot, just a series of skits with one-liners, some occasional punch lines and lots of running gags.

Although a plot is almost completely absent, plenty of things happen. During the course of this day, Sandler deals with a stoned bus driver, his wife going on about having another baby, a fraternity that wants to fight him and his middle aged friends. Kevin James is dealing with his wife and mommy issues. Chris Rock gets a pass when his wife forgets their anniversary while he does not. David Spade has another one of his children show up out of nowhere.

The role of their children is increased. Chris Rock’s daughter has a date with his arch nemesis’s son. Kevin James’s son is stupid and they encourage it thinking it will build his confidence. His daughter likes Sandler’s youngest son.

Sandler’s oldest son is in love with the hot girl in school. Sandler calls him “Fugly” and says that should not stop him from getting a hot girl. Sandler points to the fact that he is married to Salma Hayek, which only makes sense in a Hollywood movie. Sandler never tells his son that it also helps that his character is notably rich. He goes on to advise his son to make the girl smile, compliment her smile and then tell her she has to go out with him that night. Of course it works, but then this film admits to not existing in the real world.

As long as you can enjoy Three Stooges type humor, you will find some entertainment here. There are plenty of sight gags. David Spade taking a ride in a large tire seems right out of a 1930s short. Kevin James and his wife eagerly pull into a college car wash given by cheerleaders but end up getting their car washed by the male cheerleaders in tiny tight shorts.

Most of the film’s jokes are aimed at 12 year olds, with some of the better jokes coming courtesy of new players. The wanna-be rapper talks through his nose and has hair reminiscent of Larry Fine. Taylor Lautner has a decent moment with an elaborate fraternity hand shake. “We’ll finish it later.” “You promise?”

I enjoyed trying to keep up with all of the recognizable faces and cameo appearances. Most of the Sandler regulars show up, with the one notable absence being Rob Schneider. Making this movie must have seemed more like a party for this cast than actual work. There was no real “acting” required. It seemed as if they all just showed up, smiled, said a few lines and cashed their checks. Nice work if you can get it, but couldn't the writer have spent more time on the script? Hmmm, maybe there was no script.

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