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Grown Ups Blu-ray Review

“Grown Ups” is a formulaic comedic melodrama.

Once upon a time, putting Adam Sandler, David Spade, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and Kevin James in a film together would have guaranteed laughter. Nowadays, not so much. Instead of seeing amusing films like “Happy Gilmore,” “Billy Madison,” or even the first “Deuce Bigalow” film, Sandler and company have been churning out unwatchable so-called comedies like “You Don’t Mess With The Zohan,” “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” and “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigalow.” So what happened to the funny you ask? As best as I can see, they got rich and stopped caring. This is never more evident than in “Grown Ups.”

“Grown Ups” is the story of 5 former high school basketball team champions who reconnect many years later after a funeral for their old basketball coach. In sappy melodramatic fashion, the 5 men learn about themselves, their family, and what is important in their lives. Add in obvious and lame sight gags/jokes regarding pools, overweight people, breast feeding, and farting and you know what to expect.

Rather than creating a smart or even funny comedy, Sandler and company go with safe, obvious jokes that might work if you’ve never seen a film starring these comedians before. Now, that material just seems tired and, worst of all, laugh-free. What happened to the goofy, energetic Sandler of old? What happened to the raw Chris Rock we saw in stand-up specials and “Dogma”? What happened to Spade’s amusing line deliveries from films such as “Tommy Boy”? Apparently, those former selves do not exist anymore because no one is even trying in this movie. It’s like watching a loosely scripted 90 minute film of actors screwing around on set. Sure, there are a few chuckles, but there’s nothing memorable or gut bustingly funny here at all. In fact, the only actor who is even remotely consistently funny here is a non stand-up comedian- Steve Buscemi.

What is with Sony titles having super bright colors? I’ve noticed this on virtually all of their new release titles (including “Grown Ups”). If you can get past that, the picture quality is fine. The film is presented in 1.85:1 1080p

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track is perfectly sufficient for a comedy film. A great track isn’t required for a film like this.

* Sony ad and Sony movie trailers.
* BD-Live Capabilities and Movie IQ trivia track.
* 10 deleted scenes/outtakes.

* “Busey And The Monkey”- Deleted scenes/outtakes with Gary Busey and a monkey. These were funnier than anything in the movie. Anything with Busey is gold.  
* “The Cast Of Grown Ups”- A featurette on the cast/characters.
* “The Lost Tapes Of Norm MacDonald”- Interviews and cut scenes with MacDonald from the film. 
* “Dennis Dugan: Hands On Director”- A featurette/interview with the director.

* “Riff-O-Rama”- Alternate/extended dialogue for scenes.
* “Gag Reel”- Also more amusing than the film.
* “Laughing Is Contagious”- Basically, the cast and crew talk about how much fun they had on set (as evidenced by all of the footage containing laughter).  

* Commentary by Dennis Dugan. A bland track. Why aren’t any of the cast members on the commentary?

November 8, 2010 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. The dream team came together but it was a disappointing result.

    Comment by I Review DVD's | November 25, 2010 | Reply

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