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Grown Ups 2

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  Grown Ups 2 Review
Tookey's Rating
1 /10
Average Rating
1.91 /10
Adam Sandler , Chris Rock , Kevin James
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Directed by: Dennis Dugan
Written by: Adam Sandler, Fred Wolf, Tim Herlihy

Released: 2013
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 101

Even worse than the first one.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Grown Ups 2 begins with a deer urinating on Adam Sandlerís face. It ends with Sandler simultaneously farting, belching and sneezing while copulating with Salma Hayek. If humour like that appeals to you, this is your kind of movie.

The central ďjokeĒ is that middle-aged men are even more juvenile, foul-mouthed and gross than young people. So we get lots of projectile vomiting, excretion in inappropriate places and more vomiting. Donít expect story, characterization or comedy.

As in most Sandler movies, thereís a lot of bullying, which we are meant to find amusing. Women exist to be ogled, or - if they do not conform to sexist stereotype - insulted.

It may surprise some people that Grown Ups 2 is the first sequel Adam Sandler has ever made. He often seems to be making the same movie over and over again, gradually increasing its crudeness, homophobia and sexism to ever more objectionable extremes. His fear and hatred of gays seemed to have peaked with I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. His love of toilet humour, likewise, with Jack and Jill, which critics united to condemn as the least funny film of 2012.

Astonishingly, Grown Ups 2 manages to outdo them both.

The only good news is that the five friends in the original film have been whittled down to four.

Rob Schneider, hitherto an indestructible perennial in Sandler movies, like some human version of Japanese Knotweed, either read the script and decided unemployment was preferable or did something funny offscreen and was booted off the picture because Sandler couldnít face the competition. Whatever the explanation, Schneiderís character is nowhere to be seen and is has been purged from the charactersí memories. It all adds to the air of commercial cynicism.

Itís hard to imagine that anyone who survived the entirety of Grown Ups really came out demanding a sequel, but the accountants at Sony evidently looked at the bottom line and commissioned it anyway. Like Jack and Jill before it, Grown Ups 2 is not being shown to British critics - not out of any humanitarian impulse, but in the hope that enough punters will flock to see it on its first weekend before word of mouth can wreck it.

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