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Grown Ups (1/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 1:38
Not for children.
Some people just arenít
very funny. Six of them, actors Adam Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade,
and Rob Schneider, director Dennis Dugan (who makes a cameo appearance
as a referee), and writer Fred Wolf (along with Sandler) display their
lack of humor in this interminable debacle about a Catholic Grammar
School basketball champion team that gets together 30 years later for
their coachís funeral.
Chris Rock has been in some
horrible movies, but his innate humor eventually came through somewhat.
In this, he only made me smile once. It takes a humongous dearth of
talent on the part of Dugan, Sandler, and Wolf to make Rock unhumorous.
Duganís part in this is not
surprising, since his previous credits include the horrific You Donít
Mess With the Zohan and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry,
both of which starred Sandler, and the latter included James. I liked
Dugan as an actor when he appeared in a guest role on The Rockford
Files, which was later spun off into his own series, Richie
Brockelman, Private Eye. But my opinion hasnít carried over since he
started trying to direct comedic motion pictures.
This film is a complete and
utter waste of time. It pictures five guys with no chemistry who try to
act like they are lifelong friends. In fact, they havenít seen one
another for thirty years, and it shows, although thatís not intentional.
The private jokes among them all fall flat. Except for the one smile
Rock elicited, there is nothing funny in this movie. It is an exercise
Letís face it, none of
these guys are actors; they are standup comedians. It takes talent to
create onscreen chemistry, and thatís a level of talent that is beyond
The film wastes a couple of
beautiful women, Salma Hayek and Maria Bello, as the wives of Sandler
and James, respectively, but the guys canít create any chemistry there,
There are lots of
easy-to-anticipate tasteless jokes, most at the expense of Schneiderís
elderly wife, Joyce Van Patten.
Enough! Iíve wasted enough
time on this.