Grown Ups

  • Year:2010
  • Rating:M
  • Director:Dennis Dugan
  • Cast:Salma Hayek, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, David Spade
  • Release Date:June 24, 2010
  • Distributor:Sony
  • Running time:102 minutes
  • Film Worth:$12.50
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While the plot is sparse, Sandler and his crew produce enough laughs and memorable moments to keep the audience thoroughly entertained.

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Remember the days of the old school yard? Well if you don't, let Adam Sandler and his comedic crew takes you on a fun trip down memory lane.

Sandler (who again flexes his writing and producing muscles in this film) stars as Lenny Feder, the popular jock in school who is now a successful agent in Hollywood and has an incredible trophy wife in Roxanne (Salma Hayek). They have a lovely life with cute kids who think shooting hoops can only happen on the Wii. But when Lenny finds out his school basketball coach has died, he suddenly realises what is missing in his life: his four childhood best friends.

So he packs all the family into his luxuriously huge car and heads to the funeral to meet up with his pals. There is Eric (Kevin James) who is the funny fat-guy trying to prove his worth; Kurt (Chris Rock), a stay-at-home father; Marcus (David Spade) who is the single-and-always-ready-to-mingle party boy and finally Rob (Rob Schneider), the new-age hippy who doesn't discriminate against age when it comes to love.

With the gang back together they head to the Lakehouse, a place they use to hang out at as kids, and discover not much has changed in thirty years.

While not much happens in this film in terms of plot (except for the obligatory clichéd lessons-learnt scenes towards the end), a lot happens in terms of comedy. Sandler and his boys are fantastic and together produce enough subtle and obvious jokes to keep all fans of comedy happy. And the women (including Maria Bello and Maya Rudolph) match the guys in laughs as well. Director Dennis Dugan aimed to create a vibe of nostalgia with the film, which he succeeds in doing by trusting the improvisational skills of his actors and their natural chemistry.

This is a funny and tender film with memorable characters and memorable scenes (breast milk anyone?) which will leave you feeling like calling up your old pals and planning a trip away!

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