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Grown Ups

Released

Latest Home Video

Nov 09, 2010

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

103

Director

Dennis Dugan

Cast

Adam Sandler

Salma Hayek

Kevin James

Chris Rock

Rob Schneider

David Spade

Studio

2010 Sony / Columbia Pictures

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OverallC-
ViolenceB-
SexC-
LanguageC-
Drugs/AlcoholC
Run Time103

Making the Grades

Lenny Fender (Adam Sandler) appears to have the perfect life. The high-powered Hollywood agent has a beautiful, fashion designer wife (Salma Hayek), three children (Jake Goldberg, Cameron Boyce, Alexys Nycole Sanchez) and enough money to keep him comfortable for a long time. Yet the wealthy businessman worries his success is having a negative impact on his children who spend hours playing violent video games and would rather text their nanny (Di Ouon) than get off the couch to help themselves. Watching their spoiled antics, Lenny longs to give his kids a taste of the simple pleasures he enjoyed as a child.

The opportunity to do so arises when Lenny receives a phone call about the death of his former basketball coach (Blake Clark). Postponing their trip to Milan, Lenny and his clan meet up with his old teammates Eric (Kevin James), Kurt (Chris Rock), Marcus (David Spade) and Rob (Rob Schneider) and their families for their coach’s funeral. Then they plan to follow it up with a Forth of July weekend at a lakeside cabin.

Though the former friends have all aged since their 1970s championship basketball season, they haven’t necessarily matured. Their juvenile sexual banter, name-calling and trash talk start even before they are seated for the funeral service. As old rivalries resurface they revert to childish behaviors and engage in the same silly dares they played as adolescents. Their locker room mentality also results in frequent sexual innuendo that includes the depiction of male rear nudity and the ongoing ogling of the opposite gender. Breastfeeding, bikinis and car problems are also played for humor, along with a relationship between Rob and his much older wife (Joyce Van Patten).

The script, if there is one, loosely connects a parade of short, stand-up comedy-like vignettes that this troupe of entertainers pulls off with ease, given their combined experience on the stage. While the pacing is often good, the crudity and predictability of the jokes along with an overdose of drunkenness, slapstick violence (groin kicks, hitting, injury-causing dares) and bathroom humor overwhelm what could have been an insightful look at childhood in a technological world.

Reprising his"aw shucks” nice guy role from films like Bedtime Stories, 50 First Dates and Mr. Deeds, Adam Sandler once again wraps up this story with a warm and sappy happy ending. Rising above the pettiness of competition, he teaches his teammates and children a valuable lesson about winning and losing. (One that is spelled out for audience members who may have missed it.) But even the feel good moments won’t dispel the impression that while these adults may be getting older, they are anything but grown up.

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Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Grown Ups.

Why is Lenny concerned about his children’s behaviors? Why do his kids have less opportunity to participate in outdoor or unscheduled activities than he did?

In what behaviors do these characters still resemble their junior high selves? Are there ways that they have matured?

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Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG Coarse Language.
AB PG Crude Content, Language May Offend.
MB PG Not Recommended For Young Children, Crude Content.
ON PG Language May Offend, Crude Content.
QC G
NB
NS
NL
PE
PG

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of Grown Ups...

Grown Ups releases to DVD and Blu-ray on November 9, 2010. Both formats offer:

- Bloopers

- Gag Reel: Laughing is Contagious

- Featurette: The Cast of Grown Ups

Grown Ups on Blu-ray also include:

- Deleted Scenes

- Blooper Reel; Riff-O-Rama

- Commentary with Director Dennis Dugan

-Featurettes: Dennis Dugan: Hands on Director, The Lost Tapes of Norm MacDonald and Busey and the Monkey.

-movieIQ+sync and BD-Live

Grown Up Exclusive Blu-ray Combo Pack features:

- All the material in the Blu-ray and DVD editions plus:

- An extra DVD with the full feature film

- Digital Copy of the film for download to a PC, PSP®, Mac or iPod

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FoieGruni says: Jun. 27, 2010

My kids (9 yr. old girl & 7 yr. old boy) were cast as extras while at Water Wizz water park during filming and were excited to see if they made the finished film (couldn’t find them in the crowds).  After reading a few parental type reviews I had serious concerns about the sexuality and crude jokes.  One site recommended the film only for those 13 or over.  Some sites played it way down.  We all went and it couldn’t have been more fun.  The specific scenes described on one website were not nearly as obvious as they described.  Almost all of it was harmless and funny!  There is a scene, however, which discredits the Tooth Fairy.  Be prepared if they believe as I do.  My son laughed hysterically throughout the movie, as did most of us.  I guess my seven year old and I have a lot in common.  The movie demonstrated some value lessons and was a nice, feel-good movie.  Adults were all laughing at the same jokes as the kids and that made it really fun.  If you are on the fence as I was-just go and have fun!  You will be glad you did!

Jenny_w_penny says: Jul. 01, 2010

Ok, first off…I did enjoy this movie.  (as an adult)  I cringed when I saw small children in our theater though.  Adam Sandler is a fun guy, but this is along the lines of his other movies like Happy Gilmore and the like.  The language is crude, women are used for sexual jokes, and men act foolishly.  The message was nice and the movie showed families learning together…which was very pleasant. 

On the other hand this is not a movie I would bring my child to see until they were waaaay older!  Like stated above, they do discredit the Tooth Fairy, but that was the least of my concerns.  The sexual undertones in the movie are frequent.  Women’s bodies are showed off like pinup models (tight shots of breasts and backsides abounding), young boys and dad’s oogle at the women as well (and to be fair the mom’s do the same to hot guys at the waterpark), breastfeeding (not in a healthy way) is discussed and sexualized (and as a breastfeeding mom, that annoyed me a great deal), children talkback frequently to adults, and much much more. 

For a fun night out with friends I would be all for this movie, but get a babysitter!!!!

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