Grown Ups 2
By S. Jhoanna Robledo,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Crude, sophomoric sequel doesn't improve on original.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Language includes "a--hole," "damn," "moron," "d--k," "crap," "stupid," etc.
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Products & Purchases
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).
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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.
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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?
A few bits might make audiences guffaw -- one involving a naked man landing on top of another after diving into a lake, for example -- but otherwise, this movie 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.
Talk to Your Kids 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?
- In theaters: July 12, 2013
- On DVD or streaming: November 5, 2013
- Cast: Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James
- Director: Dennis Dugan
- Inclusion Information: Black actors
- 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
- Last updated: May 16, 2023
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