Rating: 3 / 5 stars
By Sally Burgess, Technical Manager
I have to admit, I didn’t have a lot of hope for Grown Ups; having seen the trailer several times I reckoned that the funniest scenes were in there, and they weren’t even that amusing!
However, now I’ve seen the whole feature I can honestly say that I really quite enjoyed it, and the funniest moments in the movie, for a change, were not in the trailer.
Lenny (Adam Sandler) is a Hollywood agent with a beautiful wife and three totally spoilt brats for kids. He has long since been separated from his best buddies from school, but when they all find out that their old basketball coach from junior high has died, they are re-united at the service and decide to get their families together at a lake house in New England to reminisce, and spread the old guy’s ashes.
Of course, it isn’t long before their childhood catches up with them and they find themselves acting like kids again. And their own kids learn to live without relying on their Playstations or Blackberry phones.
There are good performances all round by Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade but my favourite character was Rob (Rob Schneider), a three-time divorced pacifistic vegan married to a woman who is 30 years older.
This isn’t a particularly smart comedy, unlike Going The Distance, but there were enough moments to keep me more than amused.
Standout Performance: Rob Schneider
This movie is now showing at Reading Cinemas in Queenstown. This review has been written and rated by Sally Burgess of Reading Cinemas Queenstown.
Rated: PG- contains coarse language
Starring: Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, Kevin James, David Spade
Running time: 112 mins