Grown Ups 2

  • Review Date: July 11, 2013
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 101 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Crude, sophomoric sequel doesn't improve on original.
  • Review Date: July 11, 2013
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 101 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The movie's underlying message is that friendship runs thicker than water -- and that having a supportive spouse at your side is a big help, too -- but there's plenty of crude comedy layered over those take-aways.

Positive role models

Lifelong friends Lenny, Eric, Marcus, and Kurt are there for each other, whatever life tosses their way. So are their spouses (or significant others) and children. But they're sometimes sexist, quick to objectify women, and prone to fits of macho-ness that can border on bullying. The women in the movie are depicted in a one-dimensional manner and are often seen nagging and haranguing their partners.

Violence

Bullies young and old abound: A young boy is terrorized on a bus, and a drunk bus driver is tied up, tossed around, and thrown at a distance (for laughs). A teenager flashes a knife and beheads a stuffed animal. A massive melee pits college students against adults, with everyone jumping into the fray. Much of it is slapstick in nature.

Sex

College guys are shown cleaning cars for a fundraiser, slathering themselves and the car with soap bubbles and making lewd gestures (a la 1980s music videos). Male backsides are seen. Girls wear skimpy bikinis lakeside; they're also shown flashing lots of cleavage. Lots of innuendo/crude comments, and some references to masturbation. A man makes out with a dog.

Language

Language includes "a--hole," "damn," "moron," "d--k," "crap," "stupid," etc.

Consumerism

Many labels/products are shown, including Pabst, Pepsi, Chevrolet, Snyder, Motts, Tropicana, Motel 6, Jack Daniels, People magazine, Adidas, Kmart, Lucky Charms, and more.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Lots of drinking/drunkenness during raucous parties. High school students are mistaken for college kids and handed beers (which they promptly pretend to drink but aren't really interested in doing so).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Grown Ups 2 is the lackluster sequel to the 2010 comedy starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Kevin James as a group of middle-aged best friends. This time around, surly college frat boys are the quartet's nemeses. Just like the first outing, this comedy relies on generous helpings of crass humor (some of it pretty sexist), slapstick violence, strong language (including "ass" and "d-ck"), and some partial nudity (mostly male backsides, though there are references to penises, as well as masturbation references and other innuendo). You can also expect a fair bit of drinking/drunkenness during raucous parties. The foursome have a strong friendship, but the movie's attempts at positive messages are mostly lost beneath the crude comedy.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Having made a name for himself in Hollywood, Lenny (Adam Sandler) is back in his hometown with his wife (Salma Hayek) and kids, eager to spend time with his best friends: Eric (Kevin James), Kurt (Chris Rock), and Marcus (David Spade) -- and their families. Coming home is loads of fun, but there seems to be a new posse in town in the form of frat boys who've taken over the guys' old roost. Plus, the bully who once terrorized Lenny is around, as are old frenemies.

Is it any good?

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GROWN UPS 2 has a few bits that are likely to make audiences guffaw -- one involving a naked man landing on top of another after diving into a lake, for example -- but otherwise, it just doesn't feel grown-up enough. The humor is immature, dated, corny, and tired. (Are we really still supposed to laugh at poop and fart jokes and Chia Pet references? Paging 1989!) Plus, it's downright sexist at times (not to mention unoriginal, as in the case of the harried mom of a toddler who has to look down his diaper to see how "bad" his #2 is).

It's such a waste, considering the rapport of the stars. Sandler and his buddies really do have great chemistry, which means Grown Ups 2 isn't a total waste of time. (The other bright spot? Seeing Taylor Lautner overplay as the villain.) But it's too bad they aren't working with better material.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Grown Ups 2's core foursome -- what keeps them together through the years? Does their friendship seem enviable, immature, or a little of both?

  • What roles do women play in the film? Do they conform to stereotypes? How about the men?

  • Is nudity and scatological humor a requirement in films like this one? Who is that type of humor intended to appeal to? How can you tell?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 12, 2013
DVD release date:November 5, 2013
Cast:Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James
Director:Dennis Dugan
Studio:Columbia Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Friendship
Run time:101 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:crude and suggestive content, language and some male rear nudity

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Written byAnonymous November 25, 2013
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12
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Just read the review

Oh from such a funny movie to an undescribably awful movie. I didn't even watch all of it it was that bad. That's all I have to say.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educator and Parent Written bytaylor74743 July 20, 2013
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18
QUALITY
 

Not for children under 13

I think that this is a movie for adults and children at least 13. My husband and I watched it, but would never take my 11 year old to see this movie!! It had several laughs. However, that wouldn't make up for the inappropriate scenes that include drunk college kids partying and sexual innuendo. Not to mention the dance (ballet) instructor's lack of clothing and provocative dancing that resembles a stripper, and the men drooling over her. Some younger children may not pick up on the sexual innuendo. As a parent, this is not a conversation I want to start over a movie my child has watched. I would rather let my son watch a PG-13 movie with language and mild violence. Once again, I enjoyed this movie and found it to be funny. But I would warn parents that are thinking of taking younger children.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written bymoviegoerr July 12, 2013
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18
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disappointment, crude and obnoxious

The original Grown ups was close to the edge but tolerable and yes, funny for PG-13. This movie was so full of sexual inuendos, vulgar language and obnoxious scenes that it over shadowed the actual funny moments. I can not understand why is was rated PG- 13 other than the poor plot and script. After numerous movies, this one is at the top for embarrassment as a parent to take the kids to.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byjoshua martinez July 16, 2013
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13
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13 and up.

this comedy movie stars with the same actors from the first film Adam sandler, chris rock, david spade, and kevin james grown ups 2 is an average movie filled with funny scenes and gross out humor scenes and parents you need to know that grown ups 2 has some mild slapstick violence in some parts the movie has Lots of innuendo crude comments, and some references to masturbation the movie also has some strong langauge used and Lots of drinking and drunkenness used during raucous parties.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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