Some childhood bonds last a lifetime — as do the childish pranks and ribbing between friends.
Grown Ups is centered on five childhood buddies who win a junior high basketball championship and reunite following the death of Coach “Buzzer” Ferdinando, the coach who led them to the championship. Following the championship, the team celebrated the win at a lake house in Massachusetts and after the coach’s death, the group gets together for the first time in 30 years to honor him.
Adam Sandler stars as Lenny Feder, a successful Hollywood agent and the boy who made the game-winning shot at the buzzer. Lenny is the most successful of the group, but tries to play down his success when he is reunited with his buddies.
Eric Lamonsoff (Kevin James), Kurt McKenzie (Chris Rock), Marcus Higgins (David Spade), and Rob Hilliard (Rob Schneider) round out the comedic cast of misfits who all exhibit some of the same characteristics they had growing up.
Lenny’s wife, Roxanne (Salma Hayek), is a famous fashion designer whose plans for a family trip to Milan are put on hold to attend the funeral. Eric is a plump furniture salesman who is embarrassed by his wife Sally (Maria Bello), who still breastfeeds their 4-year-old son. Kurt has become a househusband while his pregnant wife Deanne (Maya Rudolph) brings home the bacon. Rob maintains his younger preference for older women and is married to a much older wife, Gloria (Joyce Van Patten). Marcus is the boozer bachelor of the gang and has still not settled down in his personal life.
Lenny, without his wife’s knowledge, rents the old lake house for the Fourth of July weekend while secretly canceling the family’s flight to Milan so the group can rekindle its friendship and spend time with family.
Roxanne becomes furious when she finds out she will be at the lake house for the entire weekend rather than the one day she had planned, but decides she might as well make the best of it after seeing all the fun the children of the families are having.
During a group trip to a water park, they encounter their former opponents from 30 years earlier. Dickie Bailey (Colin Quinn), the losing team captain, challenges the gang to a rematch, and like 30 years ago, it comes down to the final shot.
Grown Ups is a hilarious movie. Although the movie didn’t get a thumbs up from most critics, it gets one from me.
If you still know people you grew up with and are still close, you will enjoy this movie. The cast of Sandler, James, Rock, Spade and Schneider could have probably done this movie without direction and played off each other like the movie was a true-to-life story about them.
When I say the movie is a laugh a second, I mean it. The seconds in between laughs were spent catching my breath. There is also a moral to this movie, as well. Go see this one, you won’t regret it.