It is just a few minutes into
The 2010 film
The first film was based around a reunion of childhood friends. The new film finds Sandler's character — who made it rich as a Hollywood agent — having recently moved back to his leafy East Coast hometown so his kids can ride their bikes to school and his family can live in a house exponentially larger than anyone else's in town.
Directed by Sandler go-to
The film's cast is nonsensically populated with Sandler regulars, alums from various eras of
Late in the film, Sandler's character bemoans the fact that they are all old and irrelevant, that there should be no more parties for them, just the low-key respectability of family-man responsibility. That concept, and the tension it creates within the male characters, is teasingly just close enough to an actual point to remind that this entire enterprise could have actually been about something besides whether chocolate ice cream looks like poo.
Judd Apatow's recent "This Is 40" more fully explored a similar anxiety of middle-age and the comedic pathos of everyday life with messily vibrant results. With the slack, lackadaisical effort of "Grown Ups 2," Sandler has perhaps revealed himself not as a confrere of Apatow, who directed him in
"Grown Ups 2" looks like it was a lot of fun to make. And the last laugh is on us.
'Grown Ups 2'
MPAA rating: PG-13 for crude and suggestive content, language and some male rear nudity
Running time: 1 hour, 41 minutes
Playing: In wide release