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Grown Ups
Adam Sandler heads to the country. Hilarity doesn't ensue

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After their high school basketball coach dies, five friends hightail it to the country for a Fourth of July weekend of relaxation and nostalgia.

Grown Ups
The comedy version of The Expendables, Grown Ups scoops up every inexplicably popular middle-aged US funnyman possible and drops them in an isolated lake house, to excruciating effect. Gasp as Rob Schneider repeatedly makes out with an ugly old woman! Boo as Chris Rock repeatedly gets pussywhipped! Cheer as Kevin James repeatedly urinates in public swimming areas! The blame for this parched desert of laughter lies at the expensive sneakers of Adam Sandler, who’s clearly learned nothing from Funny People. It’s smug twaddle with the laziest script of the summer (one ‘set-piece’ consists of James rope-swinging into a tree… that’s it), so naturally it’s already made $240 million worldwide.

Smug and lazy comedy that barely raises a chuckle.

Reviewed by Nick de Semlyen

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A get together to be avoided

This is Sandler’s take on “The Big Chill” with a group of longtime friends getting together following the death of someone they knew. And there the similarities end for “The Big Chill” didn’t rely on lazy, cheap gags to get by. Must have been nice to film in lovely locations but the people on screen are having way more fun than you will. ... More

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Posted by RJNeb2 at 08:13, 25 September 2014 | Report This Post

Its misunderstood

I think it rings true about long standing friendships and for that I think its an alright film. When they're all sitting in the deck chairs joking around a part of me would like to think that me and my mates will emulate that some day in the future. ... More

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Posted by Popcorn Required at 16:40, 04 April 2013 | Report This Post

Sorry Empire

I completely 100% disagree Grown ups is my favourite film of all time ive must of watched it about 50 times and i absolutely love it, it makes me laugh every minute all throughout the film and if you have not seen it buy it straight away and watch it, it's a must see and undoubtably the best film i've seen for comedy for years which is why it is my favourite, love the actors seems as there all friends and have been in lots of movies together and have now done yet another masterpiece of comedy an... More

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Posted by lenny feder at 11:25, 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

Grown Ups

It's stupid, but harmless enough for the less demanding viewers. ... More

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Posted by norgizfox at 22:55, 09 September 2012 | Report This Post

Grown Ups Review

Grown Ups' cast of comedy vets is amiable, but they're let down by flat direction and the scattershot, lowbrow humor of a stunted script. ... More

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Posted by the film man at 23:56, 13 February 2012 | Report This Post

Wasn't impressed.

Some critics have made reference to the mean spiritedness of the film and I can see this- although this is supposed to be a reunion after 30 years there is still a level of playground nastiness between the characters- Kevin James is mocked because of his weight (however he does get an attractive wife), Rob Schneider is mocked for the way he says things- its sad that for a film called Grown Ups none of the main male characters have learned anything. ... More

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Posted by bedraggledfox at 19:45, 07 November 2011 | Report This Post

Sooooooooooooo shit!!!!!!!!!!

My girlfriend forced me to sit through this, I've dumped the bitch now, it's that bad! ... More

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Posted by anakin73 at 18:01, 09 July 2011 | Report This Post


It is unbearably a lazy comedy. It doesn't have a strong plot and all the character's personalities are so unique and individual it messes up the comedy. I must admit though that I thought the idea was a clever one, however the comedy was too slapstick for it's own good! All in all, a very dissapointing failed comedy that I could only laugh one in (ave maria!) ... More

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Posted by pinkergirl135 at 10:57, 09 July 2011 | Report This Post

Easily 4 Stars !!!

No way is this a one star film. There is definite laughs and comedy in there and i enjoyed it. Honestly one top movie !!!! Sandman and james are especially exciting ... More

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Posted by ryanchallenger at 19:54, 24 June 2011 | Report This Post

rednecks are gonna have a ball with this 1

I hate it just as much as EMPIRE,, the most trashiest movie with the most toilet lines they said about adam sandler learned nothing from funny people,,, but they say that you can't teach an old dog new tricks... But this dog died at birth... ... More

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Posted by Dirk Diggler 619 at 17:06, 22 May 2011 | Report This Post

Good. ... More

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Posted by reminn at 11:11, 03 November 2010 | Report This Post

i enjoyed it. It was funny, had some nice lines and some genuinely funny set ups, totally enjoyable, not for the film snobs here who still swear blind that Woody Allen is still funny and worth watching. No classic, but nice to see a flick about a bunch of guys hanging out and having fun, not taking itself to seriously in the slightest. Plus, nice to see Sandler not pandering to kids with god awful kiddie flicks that make THE PACIFIER look like The fucking GOONIES. ... More

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Posted by clarkkent at 23:35, 02 September 2010 | Report This Post


Grown Up's seems to be a constant battle of gimmicky one liners, containing a script suited more to a teenage drama production than a film containing some of the most thrilling comical actors of my generation. The plot was benign and predictable, but still somehow managed to keep me relatively entertained. Unfortunately this is one of those films you watch during lunch to pass time, not one to write home about. ... More

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Posted by MoviesGalore at 03:13, 02 September 2010 | Report This Post


One star from Empire? That should be reserved for films a lot worse then this harmless and forgettable comedy. Yep it is undemanding and slightly lazy, but is does have a few laughs in there too.... ... More

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Posted by bretty at 22:49, 01 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Sorry Empire...

I saw it saturday afternoon along with a half full audience & we all found it very funny. Yeah its not going to win any awards but it's a fun nobrainer way to while away 100mins of boredom. 7/10 ... More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 13:49, 31 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Sorry Empire...

I don't think I laughed once, terrible movie.  ... More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 16:59, 30 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Sorry Empire...

L: DJ Rob C: Mark II! I went with a big group of friends last night and we all enjoyed it thoroughly... it was nothing special but I laughed enough times and it was just silly fun *** his. It was just fun to sit back and watch the cast have a lot of fun. You could tell they were having a laugh while making this and they all had great chemistry together, and aside from the odd bit of smut, it's a fun family film. My kids loved it, as did the wife. I feel Empire alway... More

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Posted by juanvasquez at 20:17, 29 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Sorry Empire...

I went with a big group of friends last night and we all enjoyed it thoroughly... it was nothing special but I laughed enough times and it was just silly fun *** ... More

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Posted by DJ Rob C: Mark II! at 00:57, 29 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Sorry Empire...

I seen it cause there was nothing else on,i fecked up the time for the film i wanted to see and was accordingly punished, Plus i have a Cineworld card,just as well ... More

Posted by BOHEMIANBOB at 20:56, 28 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Sorry Empire...

Why did you bother seeing it when all the reviews say it's shit? ... More

Posted by hungryeater at 20:23, 28 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Sorry Empire...

Terrible, terrible film. I've seen over 300 films this year and this is the worst. ... More

Posted by Piles at 20:14, 28 August 2010 | Report This Post

Sorry Empire...

I don't normally disagree with your reviews, but on this one, I have to! Sandler and James have a great on-screen chemistry and Chris Rock is brilliant in the house husband role. I admit Schneider is not as funny as usual in this film, but otherwise, a fantastically funny movie! ... More

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Posted by Bigfilmguy at 17:09, 27 August 2010 | Report This Post


empire your getting stupid ... More

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Posted by kable2010 at 11:23, 26 August 2010 | Report This Post

Definitely not...

the "tragic" film that has been reviewed here!! There are a lot of laughs to be had; the cinema was packed (albeit on an Orange Wednesday) and I would say that there was barely no one in the audience that wasn't laughing. :-) ... More

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Posted by Bubba76 at 21:43, 25 August 2010 | Report This Post

Very funny!

Don't be put off by the empire review, this movie is really funny, the guys must have had great fun making it. And all the so called "set-pieces" are actually hilarious. ... More

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Posted by menace76 at 21:04, 24 August 2010 | Report This Post

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