Back in 2010, Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider got together to make ‘Grown Ups’. It was not a hit with critics, but the level of comedy that it provided was more than enough for theatre goers, as it brought in $162 million and was the top grossing comedy in North America that year.
Skip ahead to 2013 and we have ‘Grown Ups 2’ that was just released this past weekend. Featuring most of the cast of the original, minus Schneider, this film highlights the one fact most people spout about sequels, the fact that a sequel is generally never quite as good as the original.
What we have actually ended up with is a film that heavily relied on crude humour which may not be right up the alley of everyone, and may not be for everyone that was a fan of the original film. While the original managed to have a story that had some heart-warming moments, the sequel completely avoided any of the positive vibes from the first.
‘Grown Ups 2’ lacked much of what made ‘Grown Ups’ a likeable film and suffers drastically as a result. While the laughs were there in the sequel, it will most likely kill off any idea of growing this as a franchise further. Compared to the original, ‘Grown Ups 2’ is a heartless waste of time, and I would have trouble recommending this even as a rental to anyone looking for anything more than dick and fart jokes.
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