Is Grown Ups A Flop Waiting To Happen?
By now you’ve probably seen the countless television promos for the upcoming film, Grown Ups. The film features an all-star ensemble cast including Adam Sandler, David Spade, Rob Schneider, and Chris Rock (who all joined the cast of Saturday Night Live together), as well as Kevin James (who worked with Sandler on I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry).
Sandler also serves as the film’s co-writer and producer. The coming-of-age film is about five friends from a junior-high school basketball team who are all reunited after the passing of their basketball coach. They catch up and reminisce, along with their wives and children, at the lakefront property they’d first gone to in celebration of their junior-high championship.
It’s basically Wild Hogs meets Daddy Day Care meets Death at a Funeral, but with Tim Meadows, Salma Hayek, and Maya Rudolph.
With highlights that include James slamming into a tree, all five guys urinating in a pool full of children, and multiple kids asking to get “wasted” (under the guise that the term is used in reference to eating ice cream), the film seems as if it may not have much promise of truly memorable and funny moments.
Death at a Funeral made it clear that stand-up comedians in an ensemble cast with several slapstick moments does not necessarily translate into success. Ensemble casts always bring high expectations along with them and with a cast of mainly Saturday Night Live alums, the expectation of comedic genius will be great.
But it seems less than likely that this film will deliver. In fact, if the following interview of the ladies of the cast is a sign of things to come, everyone should cut their losses now and release this film straight to DVD.
I think it’s safe to say if you’re looking for sophomoric, blush-inducing humor and tons of cheesy fun for the whole family, this is the perfect film.
Grown Ups will hit theaters on June 25.