Grown Ups was entertaining. Of course, like many comedy movies the dialogue wasn’t ‘inspiring’ and the story was pretty basic.
But the movie works and the actors great chemistry makes you laugh.
Grown Ups is all about these five guys who were best friends in middle school when their basketball team won the championship. Years later, when they are all grown ups, their basketball coach passes away so the team re-unites at the funeral. Lenny (Adam Sandler) then decides to rent their old cottage for the team over the Fourth of July weekend. This weekend is full of getting to know one another, and rekindling the fun and joy of their childhood. This includes a rope on a tree, a water park and playing basketball.
The rest of the group includes Eric (Kevin James), Kurt (Chris Rock), Marcus (David Spade) and Rob (Rob Schneider). Together the team has a great chemistry, there are warm moments when they remember elements of their childhood, and awkward moments when they start to learn about each other’s families, like the fact the Eric’s 4 year old son is still breastfed.
Each of the families has their own flaws which they try to hide from everyone else. For example, Lenny has two extremely spoilt kids and a housekeeper who trails after them, following the children’s every command. This amounts to some humorous moments in the movie, especially when Lenny suggests that the kids play outside opposed to on their x-box or their cell phones.
The screenplay was co-written by Adam Sandler and it was probably one of his best scripts to date. Sandler has written most of his own screenplays for the films he stars in, and this was one of the best in the way that it was realistic and most likely based off past memories. However, even though Sandler is the writer and the lead role, the real star of the movie is the entire cast. All five of the guys fit well together and bring their own brand of humor to the group. Kevin James, David Spade and Chris Rock were all funny as well. Rob Schneider’s character was a little weird, but he was still a good addition to the cast. Regardless of how good each individual was, the sum of the cast as a whole is greater than each one of its parts individually.