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Juvenile Delinquents AKA Grown Ups 2

Juvenile Delinquents AKA Grown Ups 2

Just to be clear, the title of this summer sequel is meant
to be ironic: the four lifelong friends played by Adam Sandler, Kevin James,
Chris Rock, and David Spade may be middle-aged husbands and parents, but
they’re really oversized kids. That’s the only touch of irony in a movie that
revels in leering sex jokes, along with an abundance of pee-pee and doo-doo

Judging from the box-office success of 2010’s Grown Ups, there is a healthy-sized
audience for this brand of comedy. The (non-paying) preview audience with whom
I saw the film this week laughed heartily, especially the kids, who cheered
with delight at every politically incorrect sight gag, no matter how crude or
cruel. As for the pairing of Sandler and Salma Hayek as husband and wife, even
Sandler feels obliged to remark that they’re an unlikely couple—the kind one
might only find in a Hollywood movie. (Don’t get me started on the movie’s
depiction of women…)

As usual, producer and co-writer Sandler, working with
longtime directing collaborator Dennis Dugan, stocks the cast with old friends
from the world of comedy (Jon Lovitz, Colin Quinn, Cheri Oteri, Tim Meadows, et
al) in often-outrageous cameos and non-sequitur scenes. The screenplay isn’t
coherent, but at least it keeps moving.

Comedy is always a matter of personal taste, and this bonanza
of bodily-fluid humor isn’t my cup of java. The millions who do enjoy it are
welcome to Grown Ups 2. If they show
up in sufficient numbers, I suppose we’ll get another sequel in a couple of
years. What a discouraging prospect.

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