Movies: Grown Ups *
12A, lLimited release
Any film emanating from the team that brought you the dreadful 2008 comedy You Don't Mess with the Zohan should fill the wary critic with dread. Remarkably, Grown Ups is even worse.
Directed by Dennis Dugan (Zohan perpetrator number one) as a vehicle for Adam Sandler (Zohan perpetrator number two), Grown Ups is a thoroughly lame, contrived and hopelessly dated hack job that uses a hackneyed plot as the premise for a series of flabbergastingly infantile jokes.
Sandler is Lenny Feder, now a fabulously wealthy Hollywood producer but once the star of his high-school basketball team that won the championship back in 1978 for their beloved coach. He and his former teammates Eric (Kevin James), Kurt (Chris Rock), Marcus (David Spade) and Rob (Rob Schneider) have stayed friends ever since, and when they hear that coach has died they convene for a weekend at a lakeside lodge to attend his funeral and celebrate his life.
In its lazy, cack-handed way this film deals with the same territory as childhood-friends-reunited movies such as The Big Chill. But Grown Ups never bothers to engage in anything so mundane as character development, preferring instead to settle straight away into the kind of potty humour that just about passed muster on Saturday Night Live during the early 90s.