Film review: ‘Grown Ups’ offers comedy dream teamWritten by Chad Meredith | | firstname.lastname@example.org
In “Grown Ups,” five high school basketball players reunite to mourn their coach’s death. Thirty years have passed and they are now adults. After the funeral, the men and their families spend a few days at a summer cottage and a water park. “Grown Ups” is uproarious from start to finish. The cast is a comedy dream team.
Adam Sandler delivers Lenny Feder’s one-liners with the same effectiveness he displayed in previous roles. Kevin James brings his trademark sincerity to Eric Lamonsoff. David Spade’s sarcasm parallels the irreverent Marcus Higgins. Chris Rock’s blunt style gives Kurt McKenzie’s lines a humorous zing. Rob Schneider’s over-the-top performance makes Rob Hilliard memorable and zany. The supporting cast’s performances are spot-on.
Salma Hayek gives a heartfelt performance as Roxanne Chase-Feder. Maya Rudolph gives Deanne Mckenzie a spunky personality. Joyce Van Patten is lovable as Gloria, Rob’s older wife. Her authenticity completes Rob and Gloria’s “Harold and Maude”-esque relationship. Tim Meadows makes a comical cameo as Malcolm, a member of a rival basketball team.
The guffaws include a boy too old to be breastfed, boys ogling women, and plenty of potty humor. Marcus’s playboy lifestyle and Rob’s relationship with Gloria are frequent targets. The basketball team’s attempt at “arrow roulette” is risible. The women add fart-jokes, quips about Deanne’s pregnancy, and chortle at a muscular male swimmer.
The film falls short when it tries to be a dramedy. Its attempt at addressing excessive consumerism detracts from priceless escapism and a lighthearted tone. “Grown Ups” is a trip with old friends who make raunchy wisecracks and foolish decisions. It is nothing more than that.