'Grown Ups' Review: Taking An Adult-Sized Beating

Cary McNeal
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grown upsThe reviews are trickling in for the new Adam Sandler movie, Grown Ups -- trickling like foul water over the edge of a clogged toilet. In other words, the reviews stink. Bad.

How bad? Grown Ups, which stars Sandler, David Spade, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, and Kevin James, currently scores a whopping 11 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, a site which aggregates reviews and gives a combined percentage of favorable critiques.

So only 11 percent of reviewers liked Grown Ups, fewer than the number who enjoyed the 2008 M. Night Shyamalan stinkfest, The Happening (18 percent), the Mike Myers floater, The Love Guru (14 percent), and the classic movie bomb by which all other movie bombs are measured, Ishtar (19 percent). On a bright note, Grown Ups did manage to trump such highbrow fare as Gigli (6 percent) and the Lindsay Lohan-as-a-stripper vehicle, I Know Who Killed Me (8 percent). But then, that's not really anything to gloat about, is it?

It's not just the numbers, but the sheer bile of the reviews.

Christy Lemire of Associated Press calls the film, "Shockingly inept even by the standards we've come to expect from a Happy Madison production."

Snipes Joe Neumaier of New York Daily News, "It looks like everyone had a good time making Grown Ups. Too bad you can't say the same thing about watching it."

Allllrighty then!

Perhaps the most telling quote of all comes from Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times, who says:

"The surprise of the movie... is (Rob) Schneider. He plays completely against type as a New Age philosopher-massage therapist and the most sensitive, restrained one of the bunch."

Folks, when Rob Schneider is the bright spot in your movie, you're in big trouble.

Still, not everyone reads reviews, and not everyone believes the ones they read. Comedy is subjective, right? Early reviews slammed now-adored flicks like Caddyshack and National Lampoon's Animal House when it first came out. The hit comedy Dumb & Dumber scores a paltry 61 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and my favorite Adam Sandler movie, Happy Gilmore, only gets 58 percent. Just goes to show you that some people have no taste (I mean critics, not me). Or maybe they're just too quick to slam a movie for being juvenile when being juvenile is the whole point.

How about you? Will you see Grown Ups despite bad reviews? If so, will you see it in the theater or wait for the DVD? If not, do the reviews matter, or would you not see the film even if reviews were good?

 

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