Conclusion: Grown Ups 2 improves from its terrible opening scene but never enough to reach enjoyable levels. Whether serving up bodily gags, a generational rumble, or family bonding, this sequel is flat and lifeless to a greater degree than past Adam Sandler comedies.
Excerpt: From the agitated CGI elk that pisses all over Adam Sandler and noshes on Taylor Lautner's crotch, to the legal diligence likely required to clear the music rights for Warren Zevon's immortal "Werewolves of London" to soundtrack the film's central foursome—played by Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, and David Spade—as they shop and goof off at their local Kmart, it clearly took a lot of effort to make Grown Ups 2 happen.
Conclusion: 'Grown Ups 2' is a terrible film on every levels. It's not funny, interesting, or even mildly amusing. It's just bad - plain and simple. I hope next time around, these guys spend at least an hour on their material, so it could be a little bit better. That being said, the video and audio presentations are top notch here. But the extras are too short and seem very promotional. My advice is skip this one all together.
Excerpt: A few years ago, Adam Sandler “got the band back together” and made a movie called Grown Ups . In the cast were Chris Rock, David Spade and Kevin James (who I still believe would be played by Chris Farley if he were still alive). The movie was a modest success and all was well. Then 2013 showed up and we were treated to Grown Ups 2 . A movie that no one really expected and it might be argued that no one really wanted.
Conclusion: After watching both Grown Ups films, I am left with several feelings. First is the shame I feel for the country and the world for patronizing these things. Second, that Paul Thomas Anderson looks more and more like a genius for Punch-Drunk Love , and third, the production budgets of these movies are such that there may be some light extortion going on. But that may be hyperbolic. Technically the disc is fine, even if the supplements are nonexistent.
Conclusion: Grown Ups 2 isn't really a "disappointment" because it's a film, almost by its very nature, that produces extremely low expectations. The only surprise comes from just how dull a picture it really is, how piecemeal and unfunny it plays. The film is at its best when it allows its secondary stars to shine. The admittedly talented main cast just doesn't have any good material with which to work, and the result is a major flop and, hopefully, the last film in the series.
Excerpt: Believe it or not, Grown Ups 2 is better than at least one other movie in existence, and that movie is Grown Ups . The first time we paid for Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade and Kevin James to take a vacation together, the movie was strung together with plot and forced "emotional" moments that attempted to trick us into thinking it was a real film, written by humans and everything.