Film Review: ‘Grown Ups 2’ is the Worst Comedy Since 2010’s Loathed ‘Grown Ups’

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CHICAGO – There’s a time and a place where overacting is acceptable – musicals, children’s plays, Broadway – but there’s nothing worse than using it all the time in every wrong place. Oscarman rating: 0.0/5.0
Rating: 0.0/5.0

Nothing worse, that is, except for a film that stars so many known stars – Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Steve Buscemi, Tim Meadows, Nick Swardson, Jon Lovitz and Shaquille O’Neal – who all think it’s a wise professional choice to appear in the worst comedy since the first time Adam Sandler tried to be funny in 2010’s “Grown Ups”.

It’s like they all saw a different film than what got released and thought that that movie was worthy of being made. What was made will only anger you for having taken your money, wasted your time and failed to make you laugh.

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While “Grown Ups” was financial a success on paper (it grossed $271 globally on an $80 million product budget), never in the past decade have we seen a more grievous decision to snag another $80 million and create an even worse sequel than the waste vomited out by Adam Sandler’s “Grown Ups 2”.

Even if you forgive all of the actors and filmmakers for their missteps, I blame most of all some guy known as Tom Costain. (He was paid to edit the other Adam Sandler films “50 First Dates” and “Anger Management”.) While this chap shockingly assistant edited the revolutionary “The Matrix,” in “Grown Ups 2” he neglected to edit out, well, pretty much everything.

“Grown Ups 2” stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Steve Buscemi, Tim Meadows, Nick Swardson, Jon Lovitz, Shaquille O’Neal, Taylor Lautner and Maria Bello from director Dennis Dugan and writers Adam Sandler and Fred Wolf. “Grown Ups 2,” which has a running time of 101 minutes, opens nationwide on July 12, 2013. The film has been rated “PG-13” for crude and suggestive content, language and some male rear nudity.

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Salma Hayek in Grown Ups 2
Salma Hayek in her boutique in “Grown Ups 2”.
Image credit: Tracy Bennett, CTMG

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