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This film publicity image released by Columbia Pictures shows Salma Hayek, left, and Adam Sandler in a scene from "Grown Ups 2."

Tracy Bennett,

'Grown Ups 2' aims low, hits the mark

  • Article by: ROGER MOORE
  • McClatchy News Service
  • July 11, 2013 - 6:18 PM

GROWN UPS 2
⋆½ out of four stars
Rated: PG-13 for crude and suggestive content, language and some male rear nudity.

 

The gang’s all here for “Grown Ups 2,” Adam Sandler’s latest lowbrow make-work project for all the ex-jocks, jockcasters, “Saturday Night Live” has-beens and other hangers-on he keeps on payroll.

It’s another pointless romp through Sandlerland — where the women are buxom, the kids have catchphrases and the jokes are below average.

Basically, the sequel to the hit “Grown Ups” finds our Hollywood pal Lenny Feder (Sandler), his wife (Salma Hayek) and brood moved back to his home town. Childhood pal Eric (Kevin James) runs a body shop, Kurt (Chris Rock) is a cable guy, and Marcus (David Spade) has just learned he’s a deadbeat dad.

Farts, belches, poop and pee gags, guys leering at cheerleaders, women leering at male cheerleaders all have their place.

As does every comic, from ancient Norm Crosby to creaking Colin Quinn, as an ice cream vendor who gives a nice speech justifying Sandler’s entire farts-over-art career.

It’s dated, it aims low and Sandler is, as always, self-aware enough to get that he’s pandering.

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