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‘Grown Ups 2’ Reviews: Critics React To Adam Sandler’s ‘Gross’ Sequel

Fri, July 12, 2013 5:00pm EDT by 11 Comments
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Adam and the gang are back for another round of childish, dirty fun in ‘Grown Ups 2.’ But does his team recreate the magic from the original movie?

2012’s Grown Ups brought together five of Hollywood’s funniest guys for one movie. Now, the gang has reunited — minus Rob Schneider — for another round in Grown Ups 2, and with a cast featuring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade, it’s bound to be comedic gold, right?

Well, not according to critics! rounded up the most scathing honest reviews of Grown Ups 2, and we have to warn you, what you’re about to read is not pretty.

‘Grown Ups 2’ Movie Reviews

Washington Post

The shtick must be rote by now, and, indeed, “Grown Ups 2” appears to have been made while engaging as few brain cells as possible…At times it seems to actually drain IQ points from its viewers while wasting a talented cast of “Saturday Night Live” alums, who are all capable of being much smarter and so much funnier.

New York Times

This is pap, plain and simple: scattered raunch-lite devoid of emotional resonance. At best, it sells itself on the spectacle of a TV show’s cast reunion — and even then it disappoints. With the debacles of “That’s My Boy” and “Jack and Jill,” Mr. Sandler has increasingly squandered his comic capital. His onetime “SNL” brethren do themselves few favors — beyond a paycheck — by working in his orbit.

USA Today

This eye-rolling excursion in toilet humor seems all the more tone-deaf given that Sandler is a few years shy of 50. His comic schtick has long been aimed at 13-year-old boys, but his latest efforts are an insult to adolescents of any age…Mystifyingly, the movie manages to emerge plot-free. Instead, it offers a succession of humorless gross-out gags, fat jokes, suggestive posturing, bullying, belches and pratfalls. Life is simple — and gross — in Sandlerville.

New York Post

The movie lurches from one gross-out scene to another, flipping the bird at continuity and logic. It honestly seems as if Sandler and his team descended on a random suburb, halfheartedly improvising and moving on when they got bored. (At least Sandler and his two credited co-writers can congratulate themselves on how “naturalistic” their work is.)

Sounds like Grown Ups 2 failed to meet the critics expectations. But hey, if you love to see Taylor Lautner on-screen, that may be enough of an incentive to go!

So HollywoodLifers, will YOU go see Grown Ups 2? Let us know!

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