When coach Buzzer (Blake Clark) dies childhood friends Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler), Eric Lamonsoff (Kevin James), Kurt McKenzie (Chris Rock), Rob Hilliard (Rob Schneider), and Marcus Higgins (David Spade) will reunite to give their final goodbyes to their beloved coach. When they meet after a long time in the old cabin where they spent countless summers together their memories begin to run wild and their urge to pass down the things they experienced to their kids they decide to spend the entire weekend together. As the weekend begins so does the goofy silly things the grownups used to do when they were kids. Kids will be kids, but in this case, who will be looking forward another weekend at the cabin?
Anyone that has ever watched a movie that has Adam Sandler as the lead character will instantly know what to expect. First, you will notice the quirky comedy. Second, the way the story becomes mediocre halfway through the film. Lastly, a corny implementation of life lessons into the movie. Those appear to be the 3 main things about his movies, but like or not they can be a hit or miss the majority of the time. For Grown Ups it’s a mixture of the same formula that will either leave you pleased or make you turn it off half way through. But that nearly applies to the majority of comedies it’s usually a hit or miss for everyone.
Personally, Grown Ups was not such a bad comedy, I have a history of enjoying Sandler’s comedies, but the movie did have some off times where things just didn’t click quite well. It was very obvious that the director and writers perhaps expected the actors to use their raw talents to make the movie move on. I mean the cast was great and I’m sure the director’s first thought was to have them improvise as the film moved on, but that didn’t quite work so well. Throughout the movie there were various moments of just random comments or actions which didn’t really fit in. Relying on the cast to do most of the work didn’t exactly payout. Although there are enough funny moments, not everyone will fully enjoy this film. The cast was promising nonetheless with Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Kevin James, and Adam Sandler. With this cast the outcome is a bit disappointing. However, some will enjoy it and some will not. Take it for what it is just another Adam Sandler movie.
Grown Ups arrives on Blu-ray with a MPEG4-AVC encode framed at 1.85:1. I’m not sure what happened with this transfer, it’s below what Sony has us accustomed to. Moving on, colors are well reproduced and very vibrant. Black levels are intermittent, sometimes they look deep and inky and at times they appear washed out. Detailing, takes a small toll as well, the majority of the film has somewhat decent detailing, but there are a few soft shots here and there. The image appears flat and doesn’t really help the movie. There is some crushing detected during dark scenes, but that is the only problem detected throughout the film. Overall, Sony’s transfer is looks decent and the way the film looks is inherited from the source.
Blu-ray Screen Shot Gallery:
Grown Ups arrives on Blu-ray with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio lossless track. The audio track is bland. Majority of the track is reproduced through the fronts. Dialogue has no problems with reproduction and no issues are detected throughout. Most effects are almost non-existent, except some atmospherics that come out through the left and right speakers. The bass is also very discrete and really it only truly becomes noticeable when during brief sections of music come in the background. For all it is worth, the track handles the minimal work that is being thrown at it.
Audio Commentary – This track features the director Dennis Dugan talking about various aspects of the film from the script to the cast. He is very insightful and provides plenty of information throughout the conversation.
Laughing is Contagious – This is a quick piece featuring the cast laughing during the filming of the movie.
The Lost Tapes of Norm MacDonald – Features Geezer, another actor who talks about working on the set with the stars of the movie.
Riff-O-Rama – Features the cast embarking on an off the wall conversation.
Dennis Dugan: Hands on Director – This featurette gives the viewer a chance to see what the director Dennis Dugan brought to the production.
The Cast of “Grown Ups” – This feature provides an overview of the main cast.
Busey and the Monkey – This is self-explanatory, it is literally a scene with Gary Busey and a monkey.
Outtakes and Deleted Scenes
Trailers – The Other Guys, Salt, The Karate Kid, Easy A, Stomp the Yard: Homecoming, Eat Pray Love, Beastly, Big Daddy, Mr. Deeds, Click, and 50 First Dates.
Grown Ups was a decent comedy that many may or may not like and that’s totally understandable. Some like the quirkiness that is always present in every Sandler movie and some just don’t. Grown Ups had its moments of comedy, but there were a few and far apart to completely enjoy the entire film. The Blu-ray featured a flat look that is not Sony transfer’s fault, but that’s how the film was shot. The sound was equally bland. The supplements are also a hit or miss. Overall, the movie will be comedy gold for some and just a skip to others.