Back in the suburbs where he grew up, Lenny (Sandler) and the Feder family endure a demented day in June as old friends (and new bullies) descend on the neighbourhood for mid-life crisis hijinks, climaxing in a wild and rowdy ‘80s-themed party.
Unbelievably, Adam Sander's first ever sequel. The results are equally unbelievable: a film so chronically mirthless it somehow makes Jack & Jill 2 seem an attractive prospect. As with the original, Sandler gathers his comedy Expendables (Kevin James! Chris Rock! Er, David Spade?) for a groin-kicking all-star sitcom where the man-child dads are less mature than their kids. Unlike the original, which actually had a plot, this unspools as a shapeless clutter of lazy skits, kicking off with micturating deers, ending with Salma Hayek being farted on and filling the void with lumpen slapstick, casual sexism and a smug tone bordering on a mega-budget home video. If the cast are having a good time, the fun’s at your expense.
A carwash gag with SNL alumni is a rare highlight in an otherwise slothful, indulgent sequel that sees a once-great screen comedian hit self-inflicted Sandlergeddon.
Reviewed by Simon Crook