Well, there was nothing else on TV last night (well there was
some stuff, so I was sort of surfing) so I ended up watching most of the movie Grown Ups. *sigh*
Yeah I know, don't start. I didn't make
the damn thing, it was the only movie on that I hadn't seen, so I figured, can't say anything about it until you've seen it, so there I was.
Well, what can I say? With an ensemble cast you can either get it terribly wrong or you can make it work on at least some level. This was definitely a case of the former. For starters you have each of these "marquee" names in all their usual roles - Adam Sandler plays a rich guy who's struggling to keep his feet on the ground, Chris Rock plays the *surprise!* wisecracking guy, Kevin James does loads of physical comedy, Rob Schneider plays the little guy they all pick on and David Spade plays the only character he can do - David Spade - and happy, for once, not to be the little guy they all pick on.
I'd be lying if I said there weren't a few moments where I laughed out loud. Hey, I'm not a guy who sits there with his arms folded, watching like it's some sort of battle of wills and laughing means I have lost. No. But overall, the laughs were few and the cringeworthy moments many. One thing that always makes me squirm with discomfort are the scenes where they get all "even though I have been a bitch/prick/sexist idiot this whole time, these events have changed me for the better in an amazingly short amount of time! Let's hug!" - you know, the "aaaaaaaaawwwwww" moments?
So, in conclusion, I found this movie to be formulaic to the point of inanity, schmaltzy and unadventurous. 3/10
Highlights: Maya Rudolph; Kevin James
Lowlights: David Spade
I notice that they have made a sequel. Steve Austin is in it. Oh dear.