Grown Ups 2 and the Appeal of People Just Hanging Out

Grown Ups 2 was crushed by critics. Vulture's Bilge Ebiri wrote, "It's hard to do justice to the absurd laziness of Grown Ups 2 ... Our heroes are now all living in the same small town together, and everybody’s pretty happy, so there’s little to motivate the action. It makes the first movie look like The Maltese Falcon." However, this utter lack of ambition might be part of the reason Grown Ups 2 is on track to be Sandler's first hit in two and half years: It takes full advantage of our culture's love of watching people just hang out — from the loosely improvised comedies of Judd Apatow to any number of comedy podcasts to reality TV itself.



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