Movie Monday: Grown Ups



Grown Ups tells the story of a number of early middle-aged men who meet up at the funeral of their former basketball coach and spend the weekend hanging out with their wives and kids. Obviously each has a story arc which they follow and there’s a happy, feel good ending to the movie. What makes this a movie that I enjoy watching is the fact that these five friends (Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider) absolutely rip each other to bits throughout the entire movie. It is a five way buddy movie where they constantly take the p**s out of each other, which is what guys do. Having worked in the car trade as long as I have I know all about this and its real. That is why I enjoy this movie so much because it does have that feel good vibe to it and it has got that banter that blokes tend to have.

This would not work though if the rest of the cast were not strong. We see Salma Hayek and Maria Bello tackling roles which we do not normally see them in and both do a fine job of it. I love seeing actors take on a role which is outside of their safety zone. In addition to Hayek and Bello we see Maya Rudolph and Joyce Van Patton who both add their own strengths to the movie and there is a very good support cast which includes Steve Buscemi, Colin Quinn, Ebony Jo-Ann and a number of other actors that play their parts well and it all adds to the whole. No one seems out-of-place in the movie which is nice to see.

The only thing that worries me about this film is the fact that the sequel is out this year. I worry that it will be too much of the actors patting themselves on the back and telling each other how great they are. I really hope that this is not the case, but we’ll have to wait and see.


***Here’s some of my earlier thoughts on this movie ***

Grown Ups

I was watching the movie Grown Ups  as I do a little research and I have to admit I did not think I’d enjoy it when I first sat down to watch it.  For a film with three actors that I’m not overly found of this is one of the best films out there today.  This film looks like one of those rare movies which is full of heart.  The producers have put together a cast which is perfect.  Adam Sandler, David Spade and Rob Schneider are not three of my favourite actors but they put in, in my opinion, career best performances in a mainstream movie.  Then we have Kevin James and Chris Rock thrown in the mix you have five outstanding performances, the outtakes must be amazing!

Throughout the entire film they just take the mickey out of each other like men who are old friends do.  This is pure gold!  I cannot remember another movie of this scale which has such easy banter between the actors, especially the five lead men.  Throw in Maria Bello, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph and Joyce Van Patten as four of the friends wifes, Marcus Higgins played by David Spade is unmarried, and we have a film full of heart and what we call belly laughs over here.  I can’t think of one scene in the film that I could not see someone doing. I’m glad the movie is in my collection because its one of those films that I can watch a dozen times and more before I get bored with it 🙂