Thursday, December 9, 2010

Grown Ups: Why All The Hate

I get it critics. You don't like Adam Sadler movies. But if that's the case maybe you shouldn't review them because some of us out there really like them. I thought the previews looked funny and then the reviews came out and you all said ICK. Apparently nobody else listened to you as the film raked in over 160 million in Box Office. And now that I've seen it on DVD I can say this is funny movie.
The plot is typical of any Happy Madison movie. A group of old friends get together to go to the funeral of an influential coach in their past. All grown up now, the five are all somewhat different. Adam Sandler is a big Hollywood agent married to Selma Hyack and has two spoiled children and an Asian nanny. Kevin James has an odd family, including Maria Bello as a breast feeding mother to her four year old and a chubby, hostile daughter. Chris Rock is the henpecked husband to Maya Rudolph. David Spade is unmarried and very ungrown up in the group. Rob Schnieder is the creepiest guy married to Joyce Van Patten, decades his senior. His three children have to be seen to be believed. Throughout the movie, the gang stays at a New England cabin and catch up on their current lives. Sure there are fart jokes, breast feeding humor and the usual idiocy, but it all rather works. The most surprising thing is how human everybody comes across, a feat missed by many a movie today. If you like Adam Sandler movies, this one will not disappoint.

3 and 1/2 stars out of five.

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