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?