Review: Grown Ups


Grown Ups suggests a new phase in Adam Sandler's career: Sandler as star-purveyor of mildly risqué, middle-aged family-values comfort food. Directed by Dennis Dugan (You Don't Mess With the Zohan), the movie is about five schmoes in their early 40s who reunite at a lakeside cabin for the funeral of their old beloved basketball coach (who led them to victory when they were 12). Each of the characters has two traits and a warm heart; according to today's screenwriting math, that's three dimensions. Sandler is the Hollywood agent with a high-maintenance wife (Salma Hayek) and a trio of kids who are bratty, pampered technology nuts. Rob Schneider is a pompadoured vegan married to a hippie old enough to be his mother. Chris Rock is a househusband whose wife (Maya Rudolph) and mother-in-law keep his balls in a sling. David Spade is the drunken, lewd single guy, and Kevin James is a jolly loser whose wife (Maria Bello) still breast-feeds their 4-year-old son.


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