Grown Ups 2 (2013) Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek Movie Review

Grown Ups 2 (2013)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Salma Hayek and Adam Sandler in Grown Ups 2 (2013)

Time to Grow Up

After selling up in Hollywood and moving his family back to his hometown to be close to the guys he grew up with and their family, Lenny (Adam Sandler) discovers being back home is not all it is cracked up to be. There are still the old bullies and now there are some new ones with a local frat house trying to make everyone's lives a misery. And then there is his wife Roxanne (Salma Hayek) who is getting broody and wants another child, something Lenny would rather not have.

I was quite complimentary about the first "Grown Ups" and I am surprised by how much I still like that movie. Sadly I cannot say the same about the sequel which feels like someone decided to cash in on the popularity of the first movie with a sequel which consisted of a lot of gags with lamest storyline to try and tie it all together. That storyline basically revolves around Lenny dealing with an old high school bully, new bullies in the form of a frat house and his wife being broody. That is it and it isn't enough for a sitcom episode let alone a whole movie and the "subplots", if you can call them that, surrounding his friends are little more than time wasters.

That wouldn't be so bad if the jokes were funny but right from the word go with a repeated gag surrounding a peeing reindeer the humour disappoints. I don't think I need more than one hand to count the number of times a joke actually made me laugh and as for the numerous cameos I was actually more in shock at the number of famous people who signed up to demean themselves in this. Sounds harsh but when you have Steve Austin playing chicken, Oliver Hudson playing a gay yoga instructor and Andy Samberg as a male cheerleader doing a car wash you have to wonder how they were talked in to doing it. Ironically one of the guys you would expect to be in this sequel, Rob Schneider, doesn't show up.

What this all boils down to is that "Grown Ups 2" is bad and is little more than an exercise of playing on the good will of those who enjoyed the first movie. My advice is simply if you enjoyed the first movie give this one a miss.