Grown Ups (DVD)
Thirty years after graduating from school, five former basketball teammates gather at the lake house where they celebrated their biggest victory to mo...
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Review of "Grown Ups (DVD)"
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~*~Lenny, Kurt, Eric, Rob and Marcus are reunited 30 years after winning a basketball game in school. Although they were close until they left full time education they seem to have gone their separate ways after that. Lenny is a successful film talent agent married to a gorgeous fashion designer and has 3 children, his older 2 seemingly quite spoilt. Kurt is a stay at home dad whose wife is expecting their third child and has his mother in law living with him belittling him at every opportunity she gets. Rob is on his 4th marriage, his latest wife being 30 years his senior and a hippie. Eric part owns a furniture company, seems to be doing well financially but is not happy about his 4 year old son still being breast-fed by his overly maternal wife. Marcus still hasn’t settled down and is quite a womaniser. For the weekend of their high school coach’s funeral Lenny has rented a large lake house for them all to stay at where they hung out in their childhood days and it’s time for some bonding but things don’t exactly go as they planned, not least because the assorted kids just want to hang around indoors playing computer games and texting on their phones.
~*~I had not planned on watching this film as even though I might have read some reviews about it, the cast didn’t really appeal to me. I’ve not been impressed with Adam Sandler particularly in the past and generally find Chris Rock quite annoying. So it was with low expectations I sat down to watch this film.
So imagine my surprise when I found this to actually be quite an enjoyable buddy movie. I didn’t find the humour that funny but it didn’t detract from the overall plot for me. I thought the character of Lenny, played by Adam Sandler, was the best in the film. He’s a successful guy but hasn’t forgotten his roots. He hates that his sons are obsessed with violent computer games and finds it really hard when they’re at this beautiful lake house with its surrounding open spaces and lake that his boys don’t want to play outdoors. He has a conversation with Kurt (played by Chris Rock) saying when they were kids they had to be dragged back inside as they just loved playing outside at all hours of the day. In one scene Lenny’s sons ask what the box thing is on the back of the TV and he tells them it’s the TV (a CRT) as they’ve only ever seen flat screen TVs. Lenny’s embarrassed when his kids ask for designer mineral water at a local diner when they go out as a group for burgers and chips. Salma Hayek plays Lenny’s wife Roxanne and her character changes from the start of the film when she’s all about her designer clothes, high heels and acting rather snobbish to being devastated when she accidentally tells her daughter something about the tooth fairy which really upset the little girl. Hayek did well in the role.I quite liked Rock’s character of Kurt too. I felt a bit sorry for him being a house husband and putting up with his overly-critical mother-in-law. He tries really hard to be creative and make different meals for the family to enjoy together by watching TV shows on cooking yet his wife manages to make the kids happier by bringing home pizza. It’s a role reversal thing and I didn’t feel sympathy because he was a guy supposedly doing a “woman’s job” but because he just didn’t seem to be treated very fairly by his wife or mother-in-law.
There’s lot of ribbing of each other by the 5 friends all weekend mostly in good humour but Rob (played by Rob Schneider) seems to get the brunt of it being married to a hippie 30 years older than him. He seems the most chilled out of the group but when they push him too far he breaks down and tells them how disappointed he is with life with 3 failed marriages behind him. During the film his grown up daughters from previous marriages turn up much to the delight of the guys and the male children.Of the 5 buddies I felt Kevin James’ character Eric made the least impact although his character was very amicable. His wife Sally (played by Maria Bellow) really makes an impact on all the guys when she popped out her boob to breast feed her 4 year old son in public. Everyone is quite stunned by this and it embarrasses Kevin no end especially when the child points at Lenny’s wife’s boobs and asks if he can have milk from there. The look on Roxanne’s face is priceless.
Marcus is played by David Spade and he was just there to make the others look like good husbands I think. Spade seemed to be playing exactly the same characters as he plays in the hit TV show Rules of Engagement.Overall there are some really funny scenes in the film as well as some annoying funny scenes (which I didn’t appreciate but others might love) but mostly the idea of old friends getting together after so many years and having issues, airing them and trying to get the kids interested in the outdoors was quite appealing and I just found it to be a very watchable film.
Grown Ups was quite a box office success although critics were not impressed by it. I understand there was a sequel to this film Grown Ups 2 released some 3 years later which was heavily panned by the critics and was a real flop.~*~
I enjoyed the film and I’m happy to give Grown Ups a decent rating of 4 out of 5 stars.~*~
Growns up was directed by Dennis Dugan and produced by Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo. Sandler was also a co-writer of the story along with Fred Wolf. The cinematography was by Theo van de Sande and music by Rupert Gregson-Williams. The duration of the film is 105 minutes and it is certified 12 which seemed appropriate.
Product Information : Grown Ups (DVD)
Manufacturer's product descriptionThirty years after graduating from school, five former basketball teammates gather at the lake house where they celebrated their biggest victory to mourn the passing of their late coach. Over the course of the Fourth of July weekend, the five friends realise that just because they've all grown up and started families doesn't mean that they've lost that old spark. Adulthood is what you make of it, and no one at the lake house is eager to be the grown-up of the gang. Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, and Rob Schneider star in a film written by Adam Sandler, Fred Wolf and directed by Dennis Dugan. Maria Bello, Salma Hayek, and Maya Rudolph co-star in this hilarious title GROWN UPS.
Classification: 12 years and over
DVD Region: DVD
Production Year: 2010
Main Language: English
Actor: Adam Sandler
Video Category: Feature Film
Country Of Origin: United States of America
Actor(s): Jamie Chung, Madison Riley, Maria Bello
Consumer Advice: Contains moderate sex references
DVD Region: DVD
Studio(s): SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT; CINRAM LOGISTICS
Producer: Jack Giarraputo, Yancey Derringer Banks, Kevin Grady
Music: Rupert Gregson-Williams
Writer: Adam Sandler, Fred Wolf
Executive Producer: Barry Bernardi, Tim Herlihy, Steve Koren
Main Language: English
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, 2.0 Surround
Special Features: The Cast of Grown Ups
Aspect Ratio: 2.40 Wide Screen, 16:9 Wide Screen
Review: the impressive abilities of this ensemble go underused in a clichéd comedy that stalls at nice and stupid on its way to profundity. (Karen Krizanovich, 2010-10-20)<br><br>Cheerful and surprisingly heartfelt. (New York Post, 2011-04-18)<br><br>Cheerful and surprisingly heartfelt. (New York Press, 2011-04-18)<br><br>the impressive abilities of this ensemble go underused in a clichéd comedy that stalls at nice and stupid on its way to profundity. (Radio Times, 2010-10-20)<br><br>
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