There's a plodding familiarity to Grown Ups, the latest vehicle to drive out of the Adam Sandler/Happy Madison production facility. Sandler plays a 40-ish man who reunites with his childhood pals for the funeral of their grade-school basketball coach and, predictably, learns some sort of a lesson about the importance of family. Or at least that's what it seems to be about, since the movie's less what we generally refer to as a "story" as it is an excuse for a bunch of tired, aging comedians to stand around swapping lame insults in between poorly timed sight gags.
The five stars of the film -- Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider -- are reportedly good friends in real life. One would imagine that when they get together to play golf, or show off their new sports cars, or snort horse tranquilizers off naked supermodels, that they're probably pretty hilarious. Which makes this collection of overtired one-liners more sad than truly terrible, as the men swap jokes about James' weight, Schneider's elderly wife, and Spade's libido with an attitude of jaded ennui.