2013 / Director. Dennis Dugan.
This review is now going to sit well with many of you. GROWN UPS 2 was recently voted worst film of 2013 and has been universally panned by critics. You won't find praise for it anywhere and it would be a miracle for you to stumble upon anything remotely positive... until now. Oh hell, it is what it is and if you expect anything but puerile potty humour then you had no right to remark about it. The first GROWN UPS was a hit despite it's scathing reviews and this sequel is guaranteed to become one of the year's most profitable rentals/downloads. While most of you reading this are probably more attuned to sophisticated cinema, there is no denying that people love this shit... more specifically families. And there lies it's worth. I watched GROWN UPS 2 with my family and you should have heard the laughter. The kids were in stitches and us parents giggled at the infantile absurdity of it. There isn't even a story involved and the movie plays out as a series of childish discussions between grown men and random opportunities for sight gags. Groin hits, farts, abnormalities and tits are all treated like precious cargo and if you're not willing to abandon your maturity then what the hell are you doing watching it? If I were Adam Sandler, Dennis Dugan and co. I would take the "worst" accolades proudly and revel in the spoils of exuberant pay checks. At the end of the day it reaches its target audience and gives them what they expect. I personally loved seeing folks like Jon Lovitz, Allan Covert, Steve Buscemi, Tim Meadows, Peter Dante joining in the fun. They're an alumni I always get a kick out of catching up with. GROWN UPS 2 is harmless fun.