Sandler's Grown Ups Tanks

Big names of comedy can't save it
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2010 11:46 AM CDT

Critics are decidedly unimpressed with the Adam Sandler coming-of-age flick Grown Ups, despite (or maybe because of) help from Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James, and Rob Schneider.

  • Kyle Smith, New York Post: When Sandler "repeatedly slapped Rob Schneider in the face with a dehydrated banana, I was jealous of Schneider, who suffered less than I did getting slapped upside the head by this rotting fruit of a comedy."
  • Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: The flick "drifts along on a stream of humiliation jokes—physical, emotional, sexual, hairpiece-ial."

  • Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: "The jokes are strictly out of adolescence and the locker room (old women are disgusting, grown women are nags, young women in tiny shorts are really, really hot.)"
  • Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: "The ensemble is funnier than the material."
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