‘Grown Ups 2’: What the Critics are Saying

“Grown Ups 2” (Sony)

Pic opens on Friday

Critics have not gone easy on the Adam Sandler comedy, despite box office predictions in the $40 millions for opening weekend. Here’s what some critics are saying about the sequel to 2010 hit “Grown Ups”:

“It’s juvenile, it’s obvious and it’s crass. But with Sandler at the helm, at least it’s as easy to like as it is to forget.”

-Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

“‘Grown Ups 2’ looks like it was a lot of fun to make. And the last laugh is on us.”

-Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

“Among the slackest, laziest, least movie-like movies released by a major studio in the last decade, Grown Ups 2 is perhaps the closest Hollywood has yet come to making “Ow! My Balls!” seem like a plausible future project.”

-Andrew Barker, Variety

“It’s a bad movie, too, just old-school bad, the kind that’s merely lousy and not an occasion for migraines or night sweats.”

-Mick La Salle, San Francisco Chronicle

“The movie lurches from one gross-out scene to another, flipping the bird at continuity and logic.”

-Sara Stewart, New York Post

“The obvious amount of hard work that went into this out-of-touch sequel is partly what makes it so irritating.”

-Chris Cabin, Slant Magazine

“Nobody escapes untainted by the foul stench of ‘Grown Ups 2.'”

-Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

“In the first five minutes, a deer walks into the star’s bedroom and urinates on his face. It’s all downhill from there.”

-Matt Patches, Time Out New York

“A few decent one-liners notwithstanding, the movie comes off as willfully uninspired,”

-Nick Schager, Village Voice

“An average Adam Sandler comedy, which, sadly, means it’s a below-average comedy”

-Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

One of the few fans was Entertainment Weekly‘s Owen Gleiberman, who said:

“In certain ways, ‘Grown Ups 2’ marks a return to classically Sandlerian infantile anarchy.”

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  1. Dan H says:

    This movie is exactly what it was supposed to be…mindless guy humor. Anyone in touch with their inner child will find this movie absolutely hilarious. However, as comedian, actor and rapper Donald Glover/Childish Gambino has said “…the older we get the less tolerance we have for weird stuff.” The critics may bash this movie, but then again they bash all of sandler’s stuff, and only because he’s in touch with inner child. This movie, though clearly lacking any plot, is still funny and that’s what a comedy is supposed to do.

  2. Bobby T says:

    We went to the first showing last night,I have to agree,the plot was a little thin ( ok,no real plot ), There is enough summer time humor to make this movie funny. I’t took a while after seeing the first “Grown Ups” to sort of enjoy it ( it does have some funny catch phases,we use all the time ) I think that will hold true to the second movie.This is immature, mindless humor, if you can accept that,you will find something to like as in most Adam sander movies.I liked the first one better, but I dare say ,”maybe this one will Grow on you 2″

  3. Dusty Childress says:

    There was really no story.. What got me was when they were having a police escort with a raft on top of a school bus shooting guns? This movie was funny but a little bit pushy at some points, mostly all of them.

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