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  • 1.0

    out of 100

    Overwhelming dislike
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    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    Throughout, gags are cartoonishly broad and afforded so little time for setup and delivery we seem to be watching less a story than a catalog of tossed-out material.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Even as temporary visitors, the audience can feel IQ points slipping away.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    An average Adam Sandler comedy, which, sadly, means it’s a below-average comedy — because whatever comedic fire and bursts of genuinely inspired humor Sandler once possessed have long ago burnt out.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Crude, sophomoric sequel doesn't improve on original.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Grown Ups 2 is the lackluster sequel to the 2010 comedy starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Kevin James as a group of middle-aged best friends. This time around, surly college frat boys are the quartet's nemeses. Just like the first outing, this comedy relies on generous helpings of crass humor (some of it pretty sexist), slapstick violence, strong language (including "ass" and "d-ck"), and some partial nudity (mostly male backsides, though there are references to penises, as well as masturbation references and other innuendo). You can also expect a fair bit of drinking/drunkenness during raucous parties. The foursome have a strong friendship, but the movie's attempts at positive messages are mostly lost beneath the crude comedy.

  • Families can talk about Grown Ups 2's core foursome -- what keeps them together through the years? Does their friendship seem enviable, immature, or a little of both?
  • What roles do women play in the film? Do they conform to stereotypes? How about the men?
  • Is nudity and scatological humor a requirement in films like this one? Who is that type of humor intended to appeal to? How can you tell?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: The movie's underlying message is that friendship runs thicker than water -- and that having a supportive spouse at your side is a big help, too -- but there's plenty of crude comedy layered over those take-aways.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Lifelong friends Lenny, Eric, Marcus, and Kurt are there for each other, whatever life tosses their way. So are their spouses (or significant others) and children. But they're sometimes sexist, quick to objectify women, and prone to fits of macho-ness that can border on bullying. The women in the movie are depicted in a one-dimensional manner and are often seen nagging and haranguing their partners.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Bullies young and old abound: A young boy is terrorized on a bus, and a drunk bus driver is tied up, tossed around, and thrown at a distance (for laughs). A teenager flashes a knife and beheads a stuffed animal. A massive melee pits college students against adults, with everyone jumping into the fray. Much of it is slapstick in nature.

  • sex false3

    Sex: College guys are shown cleaning cars for a fundraiser, slathering themselves and the car with soap bubbles and making lewd gestures (a la 1980s music videos). Male backsides are seen. Girls wear skimpy bikinis lakeside; they're also shown flashing lots of cleavage. Lots of innuendo/crude comments, and some references to masturbation. A man makes out with a dog.

  • language false2

    Language: Language includes "a--hole," "damn," "moron," "d--k," "crap," "stupid," etc.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Many labels/products are shown, including Pabst, Pepsi, Chevrolet, Snyder, Motts, Tropicana, Motel 6, Jack Daniels, People magazine, Adidas, Kmart, Lucky Charms, and more.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of drinking/drunkenness during raucous parties. High school students are mistaken for college kids and handed beers (which they promptly pretend to drink but aren't really interested in doing so).