Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Grown Ups (2010)

From a boy to a man to a mid-life crisis.
Image: Columbia Pictures
Adam Sandler stars in this comedy about five middle-aged men who are brought back together by the death of their high-school basketball coach. Reuniting for his funeral, the gang decides to bring along loved ones for the ride. A ride which never really gets going and gets stuck in first gear.
Sandler’s performances have been lagging of late, and Grown Ups is no exception. The script is tired and tested, and having produced little good material in the last few years, it’s aggravating to think that Sandler feels as though he’s at that stage in his career where he will draw laughter for merely appearing. Maybe audiences across the pond doubled over at his complacency, but he may fair differently over here.
The male comedians are appropriately cast, with Sandler, David Spade, Chris Rock, Kevin James and Rob Schneider all believing their own hype; smugly knocking rehearsed jokes back and forth that go down like lead balloons. The choice of actors shouldn’t really come as a surprise, as every one of these so-called funny men have appeared in a Sandler production at one time or another. Note to self, therefore: if Sandler finds them funny, they’re usual not.
The film isn’t all doom and gloom, however. There are rare moments of sentimentality that work. But unfortunately, this isn’t a drama, or a romantic comedy, and so Grown Ups sadly fails. If this is what being middle-aged is all about, they can keep it. I’d rather struggle to be forever young.
From Funny People to more unfunny people. This comedy is more of a snooze fest, with the principal actors lacking the flavour of their old school comedic selves.

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