Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Directed by Dennis Dugan
Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Maria Bello, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Colin Quinn, Steve Buscemi, Tim Meadows, Jamie Chung, Madison Riley

On the outside Grown Ups looks like the comedic equivalent of The Expendables with it's all "star" male cast but reality is sadly very far from the belly laugh inducing no brainer it should've been. And I put the word star in quotes because David Spade and Rob Schneider can hardly be called stars or comedic masterminds and for a good reason too.

The five leading men play childhood friends whose basketball coach has passed away and they all meet up on their old turfs for the funeral and bring their families in order to catch up on good old times.

What makes Grown Ups patricularly disappointing is the horrible fact it's actually a cheesy, sentimental family film advertised as an all out, no holds barred comedic event. The jokes bomb one after another and not because they're too stupid - hell, that's what we hoped we were in for! - but because they are easy and family friendly boring tosh! Come on guys, what the hell happened?! The Expendables was no masterpiece but at least they delivered on what they promised: entertainment in great volume. Grown Ups is mildly silly and irritatingly safe entertainment. What's happened to the likes of The Waterboy, The Wedding Singer or even You Don't Mess With The Zohan? Those films were fucking stupid but they were funny.

Oikeesti Aikuiset on ärsyttävän kiltillä ja turvallisella huumorilla kyhätty tylsä komedia. Itse asiassa leffasta voisi mainoskampanjan perusteella luullakin, että se on vatsanauruja teettävä, hulvaton komedia, mutta se on valitettavasti jotain paljon petollisempaa ja hirvittävämpää: pikkuhauska perhe-elokuva, joka on naamioitu hersyväksi komediaksi. Ja en nyt todellakaan tarkoita, että leffa olisi liian typerä ollakseen hauska vaan nimenomaan päin vastoin! Oikeesti Aikuiset ei ole tarpeeksi ääliö leffa toisin kuin Sandlerin kulta-ajan tuotokset The Wedding Singer, Juomahemmo ja jopa hiljattain ulos pukattu Zohan.

Grown Ups at IMDb