"Grown Ups 2", the new film from Adam Sandler and company, tells the story of four guys who grew up together and have now become the old townies in their hometown, at times being pushed around by the new frat boys that have come to town. This film is directed by Dennis Dugan and Happy Madison productions, responsible for "Happy Gilmore", "Billy Madison" and many of Sandler's other hits. As with the first film, it also stars David Spade, Chris Rock and Kevin James. This film gives audiences more of what they have grown to love from each of these actors, with all of their crazy antics and inappropriate jokes.
Much of the film surrounds each of their relationships with their wives and kids, showing how much they have aged since their partying days in high school. A host of jokes are made about Sandler and his wife as well, played by Salma Hayek, joking about how he could have possibly ended up with a woman like that. He gives his own sons advice about girls and just tells them to be positive and do the typical things like get them to smile and then compliment them on it. With a funny response that he gets made fun of for later, he also tells his son to make sure he asks the girl to go out the same night in order for her to not have enough time to change her mind.
One of the great things about this film, especially for anyone who is a big fan of these actors, is the amount of recurring actors that appear from previous Sandler films. Nick Swardson, for example, plays a drugged out bus driver who is an old friend of theirs that they continue to give a hard time throughout the film. We also see appearances from SNL alumni members Steve Buscemi, Tim Meadows, as well as Allen Covert and Peter Dante, a couple of his old pals that seem to only appear in Sandler's films. These are just a few of the most memorable, not to mention Shaquille O'Neal hilariously playing a cop that they all know from way back. Many people may not appreciate this comedy and just see it as childish but for someone who grew up watching each of these actors in their big films and have grown to love each of them, I appreciated the film for what it was. This type of film would certainly not qualify for any type of awards and does not have much redeeming value, but sometimes you just need to go see a film in order to laugh and that is where this film succeeds.
Throughout the film, each of them are joking about having a party at Lenny's (Sandler) house, which eventually happens at the end. The film concludes with an epic party with each of them attending, along with everyone else in the town and a host of his regular actors that we get to see dressed in 80's costumes. They all get to act and dress up as if they were partying in the 80's the way they used to, although they all realize how much different it is with their wives and kids around. Lenny points out that none of them have really been to a party in a long time, and they were overdue, while not even being able to get drunk in order to be presentable at their house. One downside to this film was that some of the humor was even a little stupid and immature for my taste, but much of it was still very funny and I appreciated it even more because of the actors that were in it. This film stands alone from the one that came before it too, so no need to worry if you did not see the first film, in fact this one may even be better.
This film feels very much like an Adam Sandler film, with all of his classic types of jokes and friends appearing throughout. If you do not like Sandler's previous films or are not familiar with his usual cast of characters, then you probably would not enjoy this one either. His humor can be very funny and appealing to some, but it is certainly not for everyone. If inappropriate jokes and a bit of immature humor is not your thing, then simply avoid this film. If someone is a big fan of Sandler's and loved his earlier films, then check this one out and you will not be disappointed.