"Grown Ups 2" — the latest regurgitation of old jokes, sight gags and bathroom humor from Adam Sandler — looks like it was put together from suggestion box ideas supplied by third graders high on Yoo-hoo.
What little structure there is to this sequel to the 2010 offering only serves to loosely tie together bad material about a group of buddies who spend the day together and top off the evening with a party. Sandler's partners in comedy crime include David Spade, Chris Rock and Kevin James.
Suggestion one: Make jokes about going potty. Such humor's plentiful, from a rampaging deer who defends itself by urinating in people's faces to a man walking around in nothing but pee-stained underwear. Those are classics with the playground set.
Suggestion two: Tell jokes that are either stupid or dated. While a police officer watches a pretty ballet dancer on stage, he quips, "I want to arrest her for disturbing the peace — in my pants." Later, there's a joke about how badly Shaquille O'Neal shot free throws when in the NBA. One of those jokes stinks, the other's lame.
Suggestion three: Make sure everyone gets to be in the movie. It doesn't matter that a scene in an exercise class is more offensive than funny. Its only purpose is to give Jon Lovitz work. The same goes for a car wash scene full of "SNL" cast members or a soap opera sequence that proves that as far as comedy goes, Chris Berman is a great sportscaster.
Most of the movie is Sandler and company having great fun riding around town stopping long enough to make another attempt to be funny in a scene that has nothing to do with what came before.
Comedy works best when there's a constant stream of good material that has some degree of consistency. This movie starts at a juvenile level and regresses from there.
"Grown Ups 2" should have been a fun summer comedy about longtime friends reflecting on how times have changed. Instead, it will just make you nostalgic for much funnier films — and most films are much funnier.
"Grown Ups 2," rated PG-13 for brief nudity, crude humor. Stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade. Directed by Dennis Dugan. Running time: 1 hour, 41 minutes.Grade: D-
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