Grown Ups (film)
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|Directed by||Dennis Dugan|
|Produced by||Jack Giarraputo
|Written by||Adam Sandler
|Music by||Rupert Gregson-Williams|
|Cinematography||Theo van de Sande|
|Edited by||Tom Costain|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Box office||$271.4 million|
Grown Ups is a 2010 American comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan, and written by Adam Sandler, who also stars in this film. Besides Sandler, the film co-stars Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider. The film tells a story of five childhood friends who won their junior high school basketball championship in 1978. They reunite three decades later to mourn the death of their coach. Meeting at a lakeside cottage they rented when they were young, the friends also re-connect with each other, their spouses, and their children.
Grown Ups was produced by Sandler's production company Happy Madison Productions and was distributed by Columbia Pictures. Sandler, Rock, Schneider, and Spade all joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in the 1990–1991 season; supporting cast including Colin Quinn, Maya Rudolph, Tim Meadows, and Norm Macdonald have also been SNL cast members. Although the film received negative reviews from critics for its crude humor, acting performances and lack of substantial plot, it was a major box office success - which led to the creation of a sequel, Grown Ups 2 (2013).
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In 1978, five childhood friends win their junior high school basketball championship. During their celebration at a rented lake house, the friends' coach, Robert "The Buzzer" Fernando (Blake Clark), encourages them to live their lives in a similar way to how they played the game. 30 Years later in 2008, Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler) is an ambitious Hollywood talent agent who is married to fashion designer Roxanne Chase (Salma Hayek), and has three children—one daughter Becky and two sons, Greg and Keith (Jake Goldberg and Cameron Boyce); his sons have become very spoiled much to his annoyance.
Eric Lamonsoff (Kevin James) claims he is now a co-owner of a lawn furniture company, is married to Sally (Maria Bello) and has two children, Donna and Bean (Ada-Nicole Sanger and Morgan Gingerich). Much to Eric's chagrin, Sally continues to breastfeed Bean.
Kurt McKenzie (Chris Rock) is a stay-at-home father who is married to Deanne (Maya Rudolph), the primary breadwinner of the family, and has two children, Andre and Charlotte (Nadji Jeter and China Anne McClain). Deanne is pregnant with another child and her mother (Ebony Jo-Ann) also lives with the family.
Rob Hilliard (Rob Schneider) has been divorced three times and has daughters Jasmine, Amber, and Bridget (Madison Riley, Jamie Chung, and Ashley Loren) from those marriages. His current wife, Gloria (Joyce Van Patten), is 30 years older than him.
Marcus Higgins (David Spade) is a slacker and lothario. All five friends regularly harass each other in comedic fashion throughout the film: Lenny for being rich; Eric for being overweight; Kurt for being skinny and not being more useful; Rob for his way of saying "Maize!" and for having a much older wife; and Marcus for being sexually juvenile.
When the five friends soon find out that Buzzer has died, they all reunite for the first time in three decades and later return to their hometown with their families to pay tribute to Buzzer at his private funeral. Lenny rents the lake house for the 4th of July weekend for his friends to stay at. However, Lenny cannot stay for the whole weekend because Roxanne has a fashion show in Milan. While at the lake house, Lenny is annoyed in which their kids would rather play video games than spend time outdoors, so that he and the other friends are forcing their kids to play outside during their stay instead. At a local restaurant, Lenny talks to his old nemesis, Dickie Bailey (Colin Quinn), who is still upset at Lenny because he allegedly had his foot on the outside line, in which his shot should not have been counted. Dickie challenges him and his friends to a rematch, but Lenny declines after noting that Dickie is decidedly out of shape. The next day, the five friends spread Buzzer's ashes into the woods. Rob becomes depressed during this event, lamenting his failed marriages, and later says his three daughters from the past marriages are coming. After having to deal with Jasmine, Rob goes and hangs out with his friends, who were fishing. After making some jokes on Rob, the others elect to cheer him up with a game of arrow roulette. Rob remains in the circle the longest, making him the winner, but the arrow hits directly through Rob's foot. When Gloria tries to use a maize-covered poultice, Rob snaps at Gloria. Lenny gets the kids interested in talking on cup-phones and Roxanne accidentally tells Becky that she is the "Tooth Fairy". Happy that they are enjoying the same kind of fun he had as a child, Lenny installs an extensive cup-phone network in the house.
Roxanne ultimately figures out that it is more important to stay at the lake house than going to Milan. The five friends decide to go to a water park, where Bean learns to drink milk out of a carton and Marcus flirts constantly with Jasmine and Amber, having bought them skimpy bikinis. Rob kicks a ride attendant down a water slide, who insults Bridget for being less attractive than her sisters. Eric ignores Donna's warning about a chemical in the kiddie pool that turns urine blue, and chaos results when he and his friends urinate in the pool. The spouses try to attract a hunk, but he is laughed off due to his high-pitched voice. Later, Lenny and the group go to the zip line and meet Dickie again, this time with his own group of friends and former teammates, including Wiley (Steve Buscemi), who ends up in the hospital after sliding down the zip line by his feet. Lenny teaches his son how to shoot a perfect shot during basketball. Afterwards, the friends end the night by sharing their dance with their spouses. The next day, Roxanne picks up Lenny's phone and confronts him on lying about canceling their flight trip before she agreed on staying for the family instead of going to Milan. Eventually, everyone starts to tell the truth about their feelings and lives. On their final day at the lake house, Lenny and his buddies are challenged once again to a basketball rematch by Dickie. At the game-deciding shot, Lenny purposely misses in order to allow Dickie and his team to win. Before the end of the film, Marcus plays another game of arrow roulette, this time with an entire crowd of people, and everyone takes off with Wiley accidentally getting his foot impaled by the arrow.
- Adam Sandler as Lenny Feder
- Michael Cavaleri as Young Lenny
- Kevin James as Eric Lamonsoff
- Andrew Bayard as Young Eric
- Chris Rock as Kurt McKenzie
- Jameel McGill as Young Kurt
- David Spade as Marcus "Higgy" Higgins
- Kyle Brooks as Young Marcus
- Rob Schneider as Rob Hilliard
- Joshua Matz as Young Rob
- Salma Hayek as Roxanne Feder
- Maria Bello as Sally Lamonsoff
- Maya Rudolph as Deanne McKenzie
- Joyce Van Patten as Gloria Noonan
- Blake Clark as Coach Robert "Buzzer" Ferdinando
- Victoria Cyr, Niece of Coach Buzzer
- Di Quon as Rita
- Steve Buscemi as Wiley
- Colin Quinn as Dickie Bailey
- Hunter Silva as Young Dickie
- Lisa M. (Seitz) Francis as Bailey's wife
- Tim Meadows as Malcolm
- Ebony Jo-Ann as Deanne's Mother
- Madison Riley as Jasmine Hilliard
- Jamie Chung as Amber Hilliard
- Ashley Loren as Bridget Hilliard
- Jake Goldberg as Greg Feder
- Cameron Boyce as Keith Feder
- Alexys Nicole Sanchez as Becky Feder
- Ada-Nicole Sanger as Donna Lamonsoff
- Frank and Morgan Gingerich as Bean Lamonsoff
- Nadji Jeter as Andre McKenzie
- China Anne McClain as Charlotte McKenzie
- Dan Patrick as Norby the Ride Guy
- Tim Herlihy as Pastor
- Norm Macdonald as Geezer
- Jonathan Loughran as Robideaux
- Connor Panzner as Young Robideaux
- Dennis Dugan as Basketball Referee
The film was a box office success grossing $162,001,186 in the United States and $109,429,003 in other countries, with a worldwide gross of $271,430,189. Happy with the gross, Adam Sandler showed his appreciation by buying brand-new Maserati sports cars for his four co-stars. The film won at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards for the "Best Line from a Movie" category, which it won for the line "I want to get chocolate wasted!", delivered by Becky, played by Alexys Nycole Sanchez.
The film was heavily panned by critics, citing mostly the acting performances and lack of substantial plot. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes give the film a score of 10% based on 163 reviews, with an average score of 3.3/10, and the site's consensus is: "Grown Ups' cast of comedy vets is amiable, but they're let down by poor direction and the scattershot, lowbrow humor of a stunted script." Metacritic awarded the film an average score of 30 out of 100 based on 32 reviews.
Rene Rodriguez for the Miami Herald referred to it as "the perfect poster child for this maddening summer of movie mediocrity". Rick Groen, writing for the Globe and Mail, criticized what he saw as blatant commercialism, saying the cast "lob[bed] gags they surely disdain at an audience they probably despise while reserving their own laughter for that off-camera dash all the way to the bank." Richard Roeper went as far as to say that it was "hardly a movie at all" and that he hated it.  Tom Long of the Detroit News called it "total garbage", while, on the other end of the spectrum, Lisa Kennedy of the Denver Post called it a "crude and decent-hearted outing".
A sequel, titled Grown Ups 2, was released on July 12, 2013. Dennis Dugan, the director of the first film, returned as director. The main cast, including Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello and Steve Buscemi reprised their roles, except Rob Schneider. New cast includes Andy Samberg, Taylor Lautner and Patrick Schwarzenegger. The sequel follows Lenny Feder as he relocates his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. Like its predecessor, Grown Ups 2 received very poor reviews but was still a box office hit.
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