I often find myself surprised with how much people will stand from each other simply because they are "friends". It often seems that people will allow their friends to say and do things to them that they would otherwise be super annoyed if a stranger did it. It may be because we are afraid of growing old and alone. Grown Ups is a movie about a bunch of guy friends that, in my opinion, probably should have gave up on each other a long time ago.
The allure of this movie is the simple fact that it has an all-star comedic cast. This film is the summer's comedic answer to what The Expendables is for action movies. We get Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider under one roof. You would think hilarity would ensue, but its just merely chuckles at best. The whole film is based on these guys, who have been friends for years, cracking jokes on each other for an hour and forty minutes.
It feels like a wasted opportunity to have all this talent and the result is some old dad's drinking beers, watching the clouds go by and making bad jokes about each other. If it was up to me I would have gone a different route. I would have had their coach, who passes away, come back from the dead and reunite the team one by one by going to their houses as the zombie corpse he is, all the while scaring their kids shitless. He would explain to all them there is a final basketball game he must coach them in and this time it's not a home game...it's in HELL. They would have to play a game to end all games. Heaven versus Hell. They'd go up against Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin, and the two Columbine kids, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, coached by the Devil himself. It would be their life-long friendship and b-ball skills that would allow good to triumph over evil and all the while hilarity will ensue.
But, no. We don't get a fun comedy, we get a bunch of tired old grumpy men that have nothing else to offer each other but bad jokes. They complain about their lives and kids. Sandler's character is upset that his kids are too spoiled, he gets annoyed that they play violent video games inside all day. Meanwhile on the outside, Sandler and the rest of the over the hill gang are shooting arrows into the sky directly above them and then running away hoping not to get stuck. It kinda felt like this movie was made in the same way, throw out a bunch of whack ass jokes and hope some of the stick.