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Dave White Profile

Almost as funny as Benchwarmers. Read full review


Jen Yamato Profile

A five-way, PG-13 roast. Read full review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today

    If Sandler hopes to win over new fans, he may want to cork the scatological humor and let it age a bit.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Despite the lazily self-satisfied results, his (Sandler) aging fan base likely will come along for the lackadaisical ride.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    For a while, the movie looks like "Couples Retreat" or a Tyler Perry house party, only instead of cookie-cutter conflicts, everyone just grows happier and more relaxed.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    No one in their right mind goes to an Adam Sandler movie for any reason other than to laugh, and Grown Ups delivers.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Friendship comedy is too crude for younger kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this Adam Sandler/David Spade/Chris Rock comedy about old friends reuniting after a tragedy has lots of heart, that doesn't make up for the crude and repetitive jokes. And while the trailer might have you thinking the humor is all about kids and families, there's a lot of racy "guy" stuff here: Male buttocks are shown, and there are plenty of sexual innuendoes/references and instances of men ogling women. One character is depicted as a booze-loving lush, and though the main characters are ostensibly good friends, they're not particularly kind to one another (their kids also behave rudely, expecting to be waited on hand and foot and maligning anything that's not fancy or technologically advanced). Language includes "s--t" and "ass."

  • Families can talk about who Grown Ups is targeted at. Is it intended to appeal to families?
  • The movie's sexual humor includes plenty of jokes about older women dating younger men. Does the film reinforce or undermine stereotypes on that topic? What about on other subjects?
  • What is the movie saying about kids' love of tech toys?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie explores the impact of middle age, depicting it as a time when people start coming to terms with who they are instead of who they thought they would be. Part of that realization process is that people still have time to change if they want to -- though some of the people who try get discouraged because it can be tough. The movie presents childhood as a time for imaginative play and adventure seeking, rather than texting or playing video games. Amid the broader messages are a fair number of potty-humor gags (peeing in the pool) and jokes based on issues like weight.

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    Role models: The five main characters are extreme archetypes of middle-aged men. None of them has their act completely together, but some are worse off than others, and while some grow during the course of the film, others don’t. (That said, all are trying to do right by their families.) Their kids are shown acting up; in one family, they boss their nanny around via text message, expecting to be waited on. Affluent and entitled, these kids are put off by the rustic fun offered at a lake cabin and long for the technologies -- Wii, flat screens -- to which they’re accustomed. Female characters are thinly drawn and often the butt of jokes.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Lots of slapstick humor, but no real violence. Friends play a game in which they shoot an arrow into the air and then run away, hoping to avoid it as it crashes down. Kids are shown playing a video game in which they shoot and kill other characters.

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    Sex: One male character is seen from behind, naked from the waist down. Also lots of innuendo and suggestive dialogue/sexual references, but no on-screen sex. Several scenes show the male leads ogling scantily clad women's cleavage and behinds.

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    Language: “Ass” and “s--t” are used once or twice; other words include "dick," "damn," "crap," "hell," and "oh my God." A child’s ringtone includes the word “bi-atch.” Plenty of scenes include pseudo-curse-words like “shiz-nizzle.”

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    Consumerism: Many brands are mentioned by name and/or appear on screen, including Cadillac, Dunkin' Donuts, Wii, Voss water, and Budweiser. One character wears a KFC bucket on his head in several scenes.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults make jokes in front of children about “getting wasted" (the kids then start using this term, thinking it means something else). One adult character is buzzed or drunk most of the movie. He drinks shots and encourages others to join him and cradles a bottle of liquor.