Director: Dennis Dugan
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider
Dennis Dugan, the director of I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, brings us a whole new chapter in American comedy genre, with 2010’s Grown Ups. Starring a series of comedic actors in one film, including Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and Rob Schneider, Grown Ups is a simple, yet enjoyable coming of age reunion, which seems to put a smile on your face from the opening few sequences.
Lenny (Sandler), Eric (James), Kurt (Rock), Rob (Spade) and Marcus (Schneider) have been five best friends for life, and since winning their first basketball championship back in junior high there has been only one thing that has connected them since going their separate ways, their coach Mr. Buzzer (Blake Clark). Thirty years pass, since winning the championship and all five friends now live in completely different worlds. Married and settled, screaming, spoilt kids, high-paid jobs, their lives could not be further apart from one another. When each of the five receive a phone call on a day like any other, informing them Mr. Buzzard has passed away, it is up to each individual to attend the funeral for the man they highly respected, as well as to reunite with the friends they lost contact with several years ago, and not forgetting introduce each other to the families they have never witnessed before, resulting in a few laughs along the way.
Once the funeral is over, Lenny informs the rest of the group a lake house where the five boys spent their childhood has been rented out for the weekend for them and the families to spend some much-needed bonding time with each other. As the younger generations adapt to a world of nature, without mobile phones or video games, Lenny and Co. soon start to relive their past, involving their offspring within adventures they carried out at the age of twelve, leaving their wives to try to get along with one another.
The chemistry between the main characters works instantly, with five comical gems working as a pack of hounds to make this film to the standard audiences have witnessed in previous years. Playing a group of immature males seems to really showcase the true personalities that these talented actors treasure, making it a pleasure to watch a film where a smile and a gag appears approximately every minute which slowly begins to increase the size of that grin on a cinema goers face.
If you’re looking for a light-hearted comedy to laugh along with this summer with a partner or with friends, Dugan’s Grown Ups will do exactly that. A strong recommendation for 2010.