The latest trailer for the upcoming comedy Grown Ups is out and while the first half shows relatively new footage, the second half we’ve already seen. To be honest nothing about this movie is applicable to the title, as it seems to be geared for anyone BUT grown ups.
Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade, Chris Rock and Rob Schneider, the film boasts a core of strong comedians whose careers seem to be dwindling. Hopefully, when they unite as one it will work as an enjoyable comedy…or not.
While the trailer shows a film loaded with child-centric humor (i.e. “Grody.” Really David Spade?), the plot may be relatable to all age groups. Adam Sandler’s frequent director collaborator Dennis Dugan brings another dramedy, where the second half may just be heavy on the overall message for audiences.
“In the June 25 release, five friends and former teammates reunite years later to honor the passing of their childhood basketball coach. With their wives and kids in tow, they spend the Fourth of July holiday weekend together at the lake house where they celebrated their championship years earlier. Picking up where they left off, they discover why growing older doesn’t mean growing up.”
The UK trailer is likely the best gauge for how this movie will present itself. The first half is all kids making jokes and adults making things awkward, with the second half focusing on the plot. As usual with most Adam Sandler movies these days, the first half will more or less be the funniest part.
Why is falling down a hill such a go-to gag in comedies? Probably the best ever was Chris Farley in Black Sheep, but it rarely works and the addition of character reactions is a bit much. Physical comedy is a tricky path to take, with a wide hit-or-miss margin. If I’m not laughing at it in the trailer, I can’t imagine it will be funny in theaters.
Maybe this is all just a build-up of disappointment in the careers of these comedians, who seem to have given up on what worked for them. Sure, moments in all their respective films can be funny, but the collective works of late are discouraging. And then there’s David Spade, who is still searching for his comedic touch last seen in Joe Dirt. Then again, at least Rob Schneider’s tiny moments look hilarious (go figure…).
Does the film look appealing to you? Will the big names and past comedies of these stars be enough to bring you to the theater?
Grown Ups releases in theaters June 25, 2010.