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June 25, 2010 > Movie review: Grown Ups

Movie review: Grown Ups

By Fina Mora

We all remember our high school reunion. Seeing how friends are are, what they are doing in life, and catching up on old times. In "Grown Ups", starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and David Spade, five best friends reunite after thirty years. Rather than a traditional high school reunion, the passing of their childhood basketball coach reunites them. With their wives (Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph) and children, they spend Fourth of July weekend at a lake house where they celebrated their basketball championship as kids.

Bringing their families and their careers, they relived and reminisced their childhood together, full of laughter, but also some 'serious' themes about life such as raising a family. "Grown Ups" is a comedian packed movie with non-stop laughter from start to finish. Although some jokes seemed forced and at times, it felt like a standup comedy act rather than a movie, it was funny nonetheless. However, this movie is similar in its story line to other movies; a basketball rivalry with five other childhood friends leading to a rematch to find out once and for all whom the champion team really is. The characters are really just big kids who do not want to grow up and deal with life.

This becomes a problem, as the five best friends have not been the best parents to their kids. Their children are spoiled and disrespectful at times, but spending a weekend at the lake makes them realize the error of their parenting ways. Yet the rematch basketball game teaches the adults that it is not whether you win or lose, but in the end, what really matters is family.

Runtime: 102 Minutes
Rating: PG-13

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