July 11th, 2013
05:31 PM ET
When a movie is as critically reviled as "Grown Ups 2," the reviews can wind up being more entertaining than the movie.
The comedy sequel "Grown Ups 2," starring a returning Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade, is (at the time of this post) all the way rotten, according to RottenTomatoes.com. It has been considered so foul that its rating actually bottomed out to zero percent fresh ahead of its July 12 release.
The critics outdid themselves coming up with ways to say that they hated this follow-up to 2010's "Grown Ups," which made $40.5 million its opening weekend and went on to earn $162 million domestically.
That box office haul is probably a good explanation as to why we're seeing a sequel, but The Wrap's Alonso Duralde couldn't help but ask the question, anyway.
"The best that can be said for this who-asked-for-it sequel is that ['Grown Ups' actor] Rob Schneider didn't return. ... [T]he rest of the cast ... are comically outgunned by an inflatable raft that literally pops up in two scenes," Duralde said. "'Grown Ups 2' is hackneyed, overlong, blisteringly stupid and a waste of everyone's time. If there must be a 'Grown Ups 3,' let it star the raft."
Aside from the poor jokes, it doesn't help that "Grown Ups 2" is light on plot. Sandler once again plays Larry, a middle-aged father and husband with a collection of middle-aged friends he's known for years.
Larry decides to move his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up and, since the bond between the men is the point of the franchise, Larry's group is quickly together again. For some reason, they spend time facing off against a band of younger frat bros led by Taylor Lautner.
All of this happens, by the way, after an opening scene during which a deer urinates on Sandler's face. For Variety critic Andrew Barker, that was actually the movie's highlight.
"Among the slackest, laziest, least movie-like movies released by a major studio in the last decade, 'Grown Ups 2' is perhaps the closest Hollywood has yet come to making 'Ow! My Balls!' seem like a plausible future project," Barker said.
The Hollywood Reporter tried to avoid any hyperbole by admitting that "it would be dishonest to call 'Grown Ups 2' the most repellent high-profile comedy in recent memory. But that's largely because few moviegoers have memories kind enough to have already erased 2010's 'Grown Ups.'"
The New York Daily News' Elizabeth Weitzman, meanwhile, tried to find the silver lining, giving the movie two out of five stars.
True, the movie "gleefully embraces lowbrow crudity," is filled with "grade-school jokes" and is lacking "an actual storyline," but on the bright side, "it's certainly no worse than 'Grown Ups.'"
Will you be daring to see "Grown Ups 2" in theaters this weekend?
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