As my wife and parents and friends will attest to, I’m still a kid at heart. On trips to any of the superstores, I’ll look at the action figures, occasionally buying one. I enjoy arts and crafts; when football season is over I’ll probably start determining what I could next build out of popsicle sticks. That said, I didn’t enjoy “Grown Ups” because the lasting impression it made with me is that it’s a movie made for folks older than me with less maturity, and that’s sad considering I usually really enjoy Adam Sandler movies. Not just Spanglish, Big Daddy and Punch Drunk Love, but Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore too.

Maybe it’s the fact that they tried to rely too much on chemistry and one liners. Maybe it’s because I don’t like 80% of David Spade’s work, or almost anything with Rob Schneider (aside from bit parts in SNL skits).

Most of the rest of the folks did fine jobs.  Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, each had an average performance for what you can expect from them in a comedy (which is to say they were above average when compared to “decent” actors). says Maria Bello was in the film, but even after seeing what character she played, I can’t remember her in the movie.  That’s not necessariliy a rip on her, as I do like her acting in other things she has done, but it didn’t seem like her.  To be honest, I did see the movie a month prior to writing this review.

Regardless, I didn’t really enjoy it. viewers gave it a 5.8, which is probably fair, because it was just an average movie.  Do I wish I had rented something else that night?  No, but only because this movie had enough big names in it that I’d always wonder if it were any good, even if other folks told me how average it was.  I do like the message they were giving at various parts, but that’s certainly not enough to make up for the fact that the movie seemed forced and some of the gags were lame.  I’m not sure what the target audience is for this film, but I would guess it has something to do with folks who have kids, feel under appreciated, and can appreciate fart jokes.

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