Mr. Movie

'Grown Ups' comes off as oxymoronic

Just when you thought Adam Sandler’s You Don’t Mess with the Zohan or Little Nicky are the dumbest movie of all-time, along comes Grown Ups.

Sandler and Saturday Night Live alums David Spade, Chris Rock and Rob Schneider and his new TV pal Kevin James star. It’s directed by long-time collaborator Dennis Dugan, who did Zohan, Happy Gilmore and other Sandler projects.

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Cutting to the chase: Sandler’s character and those of his pals grew up together and won a basketball championship. All admired their curmudgeon coach. Fast forward to the present. The coach dies and the guys, their wives, girlfriends and kids have a loose-knit reunion at his memorial service.

The key words are loose-knit. Even for these guys this is bad.

Mostly Grown Ups is an excuse for the former TV pals to do their own reunion and bank a few bucks. You’d think after not working together much for a decade that Sandler and the gang could come up with something more creative than Grown Ups.

There is no plot. Sandler and long time SNL head writer Fred Wolf penned what is really more like a bunch of reject skits from the series. They then strung them together into a movie.

By the way, the title is an oxymoron. Nothing Sandler nor his comic sidekicks produce is — or ever has been — close to grown up. Grown Ups gives you their usual assortment of fart jokes, fat jokes, drug jokes, breast jokes, sexual innuendos and a touch of slapstick.

Grown Ups is proof of a long-held premise. James aside, for two decades these comedians and friends have been held up as comic icons. For the same amount of time I’ve regularly complained in this column that these guys — with a limited exception for Sandler — have no talent.

Zip for talent gives Spade, Rock and Schneider an excuse for careers that went nowhere after SNL. Sandler has none. He’s just lazy. Rather than stretch as he does once in awhile in films such as Reign Over Me, he is content to foist crap like this on us.

Mr. Movie rating: 1/2 star

Rated PG-13 for sometimes disgusting humor and mature themes. It opens Friday, June 25 at Regal’s Columbia Center 8 and at the Fairchild Cinemas 12.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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