THEY’LL DO ANYTHING FOR THEIR FAMILIES… EXCEPT GROW UP.
The original had these characters on a holiday trip, but this sequel lets us just follow their small-town lives at home. The idea is to say something about the need to keep a childhood sensibility while also trying to be a role model to your children… but nothing sensible gets said here. The film builds a half-crazed community around Adam Sandler and his buddies, which is good for a chuckle or two, and there’s scattered enthusiasm in the cast. Most of it is just loud and lazy, though.
2013-U.S. 101 min. Color. Directed by Dennis Dugan. Cast: Adam Sandler (Lenny Feder), Kevin James (Eric Lamonsoff), Chris Rock (Kurt McKenzie), David Spade (Marcus Higgins), Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph… Maria Bello, Steve Buscemi, Jon Lovitz, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Austin. Cameo: Taylor Lautner.