Have you ever gone to a movie with very low expectations only to be pleasantly surprised? Well, that was me the other night when I went to "Grown Ups." Now, let me preface these comments: this movie will not win any Academy Awards. And surely it will fade away and be forgotten during the Great Summer Movie Abyss of 2010. But somehow, in some strange, parallel universe, I was entertained.
The movie stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, and David Spade. And they even threw Rob Schneider a bone and asked him to be in it. The premise of the movie is that this group of elementary-aged friends is reunited after 30 years for the funeral of their YMCA basketball coach. That is the premise. But what I really think took place is Adam Sandler called up his friends and said let’s go hang out at a lake for a couple of months and make a movie while we’re there. I’m guessing the script got thrown away after a couple days of filming and these guys just recited lines they made up.
But a funny thing happened during the movie: I laughed. Several times. Out loud. And so did the nearly sold-out crowd. Kevin James is always funny. And Adam Sandler is funny in short spurts, especially when he’s not taking himself so seriously. And did I mention that they somehow tricked Salma Hayek into joining the cast, which is nice.
I put "Grown Ups" into the "harmless and entertaining" category. Also in that category are "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" and "I Pronounce You Chuck and Larry." I think you get where I’m coming from.
The Verdict: 2.5 out of 5.