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Grown Ups - 1 out of 5
Supposedly this film was a comedy but I got no laughs from it--none! Instead, what I found was Adam Sandler and his friends performing one inside joke after another that, in theory, should only be funny to them, but even the actors sounded like all their laughs are forced and fake. Nearly every scene of this film is filled with 5 guys (Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and David Spade) insulting each other (which is what a lot of guys do) but each line they throw out falls wayyyyyy too short on the funny spectrum but they are all laughing hysterically like they just created the new "Who's on First" bit. This formula is then mirrored by the characters wives (played by Selma Hayek, Maria Bello, the whitest black woman to ever exist; Maya Rudolph and Joyce Van Patten). If it's not funny with the men folk, it certainly wasn't funny with the ladies. To make matters worse, a token black grandma is introduced into the mix that would make Tyler Perry consider a lawsuit. It's actually insulting to one's intelligence as this grandma is only used for fart jokes.
Now there actually was some good things going on in the cast here (Sandler and the boys have proven in the past to be good but their combination in this film just didn't work). Steve Buscemi has a small part and, like everything else he plays, he does it well but what really surprised me was seeing Colin Quinn, a funny man I NEVER see in movies. He played his part well but it was just a shame that he had to play it in this unfortunate movie.
Grown Ups is one of those comedies that shows all the funny parts in the trailer to fool you into seeing the phoned in writing that ultimately plagues the movie. Then, after months and months of being advertised, the funny scenes that lured you in are no longer funny and you are then forced to sit through an hour and forty minutes of awkward acting and even more awkward jokes. It was a miracle I didn't slit my wrists while watching it because this movie can drive a person to suicide as we, the viewers, are carelessly thrown from scene to scene. The film, in the end, felt more like a bunch of half-funny skits precariously edited together to create one unfunny movie.