There was nothing remotely notable about 2010's Grown Ups, and now we have a sequel that's even lazier. Without any actual plot to speak of, the movie merely strings together a series of unfunny scenes that include cheap gags and childish vulgarity but never a punchline. Sure, the scattershot approach might occasionally touch on recognisable situations, but there isn't a genuine laugh in the whole film.
After the reunion in the original movie, Lenny (Sandler) has moved back to his hometown with pals Eric, Kurt and Marcus (James, Rock and Spade). They're planning a big party just like in the old days, complete with a 1980s theme. But their children are getting older and have their own issues, including first dates and driving tests. And in Marcus' case, the kid is a teen thug (Ludwig) he only just discovered he had. But the real problem is that the guys have just sparked a turf war with a gang of idiotic fratboys from the nearby university. And now they have to prove once and for all who's really cool.
As with the first movie, you get the feeling that everyone on screen has somewhere better to be. There's no character development at all, since there are so many people spread across so many short scenes. Hayek, Bello and Rudolph are back as the guys' wives, but get exactly one thankless thing to do each. And it's not much better for the supporting cast of A-list cameo players like Buscemi (as a driving instructor), Lautner (as the fraternity leader) and so many more recognisable actors that you begin to wonder what dirt Sandler has on all of them.
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'Grown Ups 2' has beaten off 'Pacific Rim' in the US Weekend Box Office. 'Despicable Me 2' remains at No.1 for the second week since its release. New releases, due on 19th July, may alter the somewhat stagnant Box Office next week.
Grown Ups 2 has placed ahead of Pacific Rim in the US Weekend Box Office. Adam Sandler's comedy received highly critical reviews, in contrast with the mixed response Pacific Rim received.
Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro at the film's London Premiere.
Critics may have universally panned Adam Sandler's latest comedic contribution yet it's somehow managed to beat the other new release, Pacific Rim, in the US Weekend Box Office (12th-14th July). Despicable Me 2 topped the Box Office charts for the second week in a row.
The box office estimates are in and Despicable Me 2's minions have emerged as champions of the week, narrowly scooting past Grown Ups 2.
In this weekend's battle of the light-hearted sequels, Despicable Me 2 has come out on top of the weekend's movie charts in the United States and Canada beating Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups 2, despite the children's animation having been released on July 3rd in both countries. Despicable Me 2 raked in $44.8 million (£29.6m) from Friday to Sunday, leaving Grown Ups 2 slightly behind with takings of $42.5 million (£28.1m) in its first US weekend, according to Reuters. Though Grown Ups 2 is only marginally behind on its first days of release, it can't be an easy pill to swallow for actor Sandler who not only had his movie panned by critics before it was even released, but also had to relive the ordeal of being mauled by a cheetah whilst on safari in Africa on David Letterman's show.
Steve Carell With One Of His Minions.
Guillermo Del Toro's big-budget monsters vs. robots movie, Pacific Rim looked set to be a box office smash after it's exciting trailers and intriguing premise but had to contend with third place in a weekend dominated by the friendlier comedies. In an audience break-down provided by Forbes, "The film played 19% IMAX, 50% 3D, 61% male and 47% under-25 years old," showing a promising chunk of younger theatregoers.
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Early reviews of 'Grown Ups 2' have been less than favourable, the movie has been criticised for being juvenile, unpleasant and, quite simply, not worth watching.
Adam Sandler's Grown Ups 2 has been universally panned by critics. The movie is released today (12th July) in US cinemas. Early reviews indicate the movie will be a huge success with teenagers across the States but will do anything but impress grown-ups.
Adam Sandler at the New York premiere of Grown Ups 2.
New York Post's Sara Stewart said the film "lurches from one gross-out scene to another" without any regard for "continuity or logic". Following in a similar line of thought is Claudia Puig of USA Today, who said Grown Ups 2 is "lazy, scattershot and anything-but-mature".
Sandler's first sequel is receiving less than glowing reviews.
Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups 2 – the creatively titled sequel to 2010’s Grown Ups – is about as bad as you’d expect, at least as far as the critics are concerned. However, despite the unanimously poor critical reception that the last decade of Sandler movies have received the comedian continues to make them and, more importantly, to make decent profits off them.
Well, Shaq and Sandler do make a cute team - both onscreen and off.
'Grown Ups 2' premiered in New York last night but what are early reviews saying?
The comedy sequel to 2010's Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2, is ready to hit cinemas this summer. All of the film's stars showed up on the red carpet in New York last night at the premiere of the new movie that looks to be hilarious. According to Yahoo! Movies, Adam Sandler led the rest of the cast, including Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade and Salma Hayek, down the red carpet at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square.
Adam Sandler Plays Lenny Feder In Grown Ups 2.
Directed by Dennis Dugan, in Grown Ups 2 we'll see Lenny Feder (Sandler) three years on from the events of Grown Ups where he has moved back to his small hometown with his wife (Hayek) and kids to reunite with his old friends (Rock/James/Spade) and their families. The film will focus on the kids' last day of the school year and the inevitable mishaps and unpredictable surprises. The tagline for the film is "Just because they're a little older doesn't mean they've grown up" and certainly, don't expect any high-brow humour here.
'Grown Ups' star Kevin James chats to paparazzi as he arrives with a large suitcase at the 'Today' show studios in Soho, New York City.
Forbes has released their most bankable Hollywood stars list for 2012, and topping the list is Natalie Portman.
Portman brings back $42.70 for every $1 she's paid which makes her a very lucrative investment for any film maker. Her first movie was Leon: The Professional way back in 1994, which was not only successful at the time but has gained something of a cult status. Her roles since have been diverse and interesting, including V for Vendetta, the Star Wars prequel trilogy and the multi-award winning Black Swan. However, as Forbes notes, it's that she's simply not being paid enough for her talents and appeal that push her to the top of the table. To put her numbers in perspective, the most overpaid actor in Hollywood is Eddie Murphy who brings back just $2.30 for every $1 he's paid.
Following close behind in second place is Kristen Stewart largely for her starring role in the Twilight Saga, she makes film companies $40.60 for every dollar paid. In third is Shia LaBoeuf, perhaps a little surprising, but his roles in The Transformers movies - enormous summer blockbusters that have never failed to make millions upon millions of dollars- have pushed him into the top 5. He'll probably not be seen here again having said that he'll not be appearing in anymore movies of the franchise.
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'Here Comes the Boom' main stars Kevin James and Salma Hayek arrive at the movie's premiere in New York and take to the red carpet for press photos. Kevin's wife of eight years and model Steffiana De La Cruz also makes an appearance alongside her husband.
Kevin James' 'Here Comes The Boom' comes out this weekend, and the actor has been giving his thoughts on it. The comic actor's role sees him play a high school biology teacher aiming to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to save extra-curricular activities from being axed from the school he works at. Also, The Fonz seems to be appearing in it.
"I did a little karate and I was into sports but I didn't discover UFC until 1993" said James of his previous experience with MMA to Fox. "[I] was kind of blown away by how crazy this sport is. Just watching it and meeting the fighters and getting to know them." He added. "What really impressed me about them was they're like these gladiators but they're regular people when you get to know them and finding the inspiration that they're fighting for. Some of them are fighting to put food on the table for their kids."
James also quizzed about his co-star Salma Hayek, joking "I worked with Salma a few times and we just have a great chemistry with her. I adore her. Our families get along so well. She's really funny. When we got her I said, 'We got to ugly you up somehow because I've never met a nurse who looks like that,' but we weren't able to do it."
Eye-catching animation and non-stop jokes make this animated monster movie a lot more fun than we expect. It's packed with gross-out gags that will keep kids laughing, plus clever character-based humour for the grown-ups. And it also features one of the funniest performances in recent memory from Sandler, perhaps because we can't see him on-screen.
He provides the voice for Dracula who, after his wife died, built a secret hotel where monsters could escape from human contact. But a century later his daughter Mavis (Gomez) is about to turn 118 and wants to go out and explore the world, even though Dracula has always warned her that humans are evil. As the family friends gather for her birthday, human backpacker Jonathan (Samberg) haplessly wanders into the hotel. And since Dracula doesn't want anyone to think he's been lying about humans all this time, he has to think fast, passing Jonathan off as a member of the Frankenstein family who's here to plan Mavis' party. But in talking with Jonathan, Mavis becomes even more intrigued by the world outside the castle.
The film's tone is hugely livened up by the guests at this party, including Frankenstein (James), Wayne (Buscemi) the wolf, Griffin (Spade) the invisible man and Murray (Green) the mummy. Each of them has marriage and family issues of their own that stir into the general mayhem, adding throwaway sight-gags and rude one-liners in every scene. With so much coming at us, some things are bound to make us laugh. And while the kids will love the poo and fart jokes, older audiences will enjoy a witty jab at Twilight and a hilariously grim bingo game.
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Kevin James' career is a very strange landscape to traverse, with a solid base in US sitcom 'The King of Queens' which was funny if not brilliant. It's also littered with the odd incredible superstar such as Will Smith, opposite whom he starred in 2005 RomCom 'Hitch' and yet marred by some very strange script choices such Zookeeper and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. The premise of his new film 'Here Comes the Boom' leaves us bewildered as to which side of the fence this movie will fall. This time James is starring with Salma Hayek, another Hollywood heavyweight.
The film follows James playing a teacher at a failing high school who chooses to take up MMA wrestling to help pay for the music program that was going to be cut due to the school's financial cut-backs. Like any average comedy- which this certainly seems to be- there are sentimental moments, punch lines that don't hit hard enough and a tenuous love story to tie it all together.
Fox News has criticized “the stabs at genuine moments” and the holes in the story and characterization. However, it does say that there are some “decent gags and laughs” . Clearly, while this film certainly isn't the fireworks that the 'boom' of the title might imply, it's not quite a misfire either. Indeed, as Fox News says “Yeah, it's just dopey comedy. We should accept it and move on.”
Scott Voss was a pretty well renowned wrestler when he was in college, however he couldn't be much further away from his time as a student in his physical peak as he is now a bored 42-year-old biology teacher in a failing high school.
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Griffin Keyes is the caretaker at Franklin Park Zoo, he loves his job and adores the animals he looks after - in fact, he seems to spend more time with them than he does with fellow humans. Feeling the need for companionship Griffin decides to get a job with more socialble hours and leave the zoo but the animals who have grown to like Griffin decide the only way to keep him in the zoo is to uncover a secret they've been keeping for hundreds of years: They can talk!
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Ronny and Nick are best buddies and business partners, their partners are good friends and they all spend a lot of their lives together in one way or another. When Ronny catches Nick's wife passionately kissing a younger and very attractive guy, he can't believe his eyes.
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So, one day Chuck Levine (Sandler) and Larry Valentine (James) decide to get hitched. The reason is simple: Larry doesn't want to fill-out an insurance form, so he gets Chuck to pose as his "life partner," thus allowing any pension money to go directly to Larry's two kids, a tomboy daughter and a showtune-singing son. Larry still can't get over his saintly wife's death and Chuck has more than likely contracted more STDs than the leather upholstery in Tommy Lee's Jaguar; they're a match made in heaven.
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Every perfect and picturesque neighborhood - at least in the movies - has one: that creepy old house that fuels the nightmares and serves as the centerpiece of the double-dog dares for the local kids.
DJ (Mitchel Musso) has made the house his mission. He's set his bedroom up as home base to watch old Mr. Nebbercracker across the street, an irate curmudgeon (voiced by Steve Buscemi) who steals any balls or bikes that find their way into his yard, chases after kids to keep off his lawn, and, presumably, thinks the music kids listen to today is nothing but noise. Within an hour of DJ's parents leaving for the weekend, Nebbercracker is dead (from a heart attack during an apoplectic moment at finding DJ on his lawn) and DJ is finding out that the old coot might not have been the most dangerous part of the creepy old house, because the house itself is starting to... eat people.
Continue reading: Monster House Review
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