is a 2010 American comedy film starring Adam Sandler
, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider. Rock, Schneider, Spade and Sandler (as well as co-star Tim Meadows) all joined the cast of Saturday Night Live
in the 1990-91 season; other actors Colin Quinn, Maya Rudolph
, and Norm MacDonald have also been SNL cast members. Sandler and Fred Wolf wrote the script and Dennis Dugan directed. The film was produced by Sandler's production company Happy Madison and was distributed by Columbia Pictures.
Thirty years after graduating from high school, five former basketball teammates gather at the lake house where they celebrated their biggest victory to mourn the passing of their late coach. Over the course of the Fourth of July weekend, the five friends realize that just because they've all grown up and started families doesn't mean that they've lost that old spark. Adulthood is what you make of it, and no one at the lake house is eager to be the grown-up of the gang.
The film was mauled by critics, though received by fans moderately well. A 2013 sequel simply titled Grown Ups 2
was released to even more critical bashing, but equally warm responses from fans.
Not to be confused with Jaleel White's
short-lived UPN show.
This movie contains examples of:
- Adorkable: Rob and his third daughter.
- Amusing Injuries: A game of "arrow roulette", where the five compete to be the last to avoid a falling arrow, ends when it goes into Rob's foot. This goes Up to Eleven later with Steve Buscemi, who gets stuck on a zipline and crashes into a hut... and later "wins" another round of "arrow roulette".
- Noticeably averted with Eric and the tree-rope. It helps that a pigeon broke his fall.
- An Aesop: From Grown Ups 2, even an unexpected child deserves to be loved.
- Attack Pattern Alpha: "Motion 78".
- Berserk Button: Do not touch
either any of Rob's daughters.
- Bestiality Is Depraved: Marcus waking up in the closet with Eric's dog. After bragging that he spend the night with a "short blonde."
- Break the Cutie: Roxanne accidentally revealing to her daughter there is no Tooth Fairy.
- Brick Joke: The Canadian hunk that the wives meet (see Vocal Dissonance below). Later that day, Lenny and Eric wonder why their wives would want them to go all Canada, Eh? during sex (and Rob for one is still at it).
- Also at one point, Rob refers to corn as "maize", which leaves everyone to make fun of him and start saying it funny. Later, after talking to his daughter, he mentions that "the kids always pay". The gang then makes fun of the way he says that, and at one point says "they pay with maize"
- Butt Monkey: Rob. Steve Buscemi is this for the Jerk Jock posse.
- The Casanova: Marcus
- Catch Phrase: the buzzer noise (he's even called Coach Buzzer) is treated like this in-universe.
- Cheerful Child: Eric's son. How could you not breastfeed him...
- Chekhov's Gun: The deer in the second movie.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Marcus.
- Deadpan Snarker: Lenny and Marcus.
- Easily Forgiven: After getting shot in the foot, Rob takes out all his bottled-up anger entirely on Gloria and says some pretty hurtful things to her. Within a few hours though they're having crazy sex like nothing had happened.
- Elephant in the Living Room: Lenny treats his Asian au pairnote like this.
- Evil Counterparts: Malcolm to Kurt (both being the only black guy in their teams); Wiley to Rob (both being the Butt Monkeys).
- The Fashionista: Lenny's wife
- Four-Man Band: As of Grown Ups 2.
- Granola Guy/Cloudcuckoolander: Rob is equal parts of both.
- Groin Attack: Rob lets Marcus have one of these when he believed Marcus had sex with one of his two hot daughters. Then does it again when the other daughter is dragged into it.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Rob, apparently he had a lot of anger bottled up inside.
- Honor Before Reason: Why the five accept the Jerk Jock posse's challenge, even with Rob's foot injury.
- I Did What I Had to Do
- Jerk Jock: The posse in the first movie, and the college kids in the second movie.
- Kavorka Man: Marcus. The others may count as well, but Marcus stands out the most, because he is a ladies' man
- Laser-Guided Karma: Kurt's mother-in-law trips and lands her face on a cake. Kurt is happy.
- Likes Older Women: Rob, Up to Eleven. Lampshaded by his first daughter, who's broken off with an older man herself.
"I wish I could like guys my own age, but it turns out I've been chasing down the dad who ran out on me."
- Man Child
- Never Heard That One Before: Steve Buscemi, despite being put in the body cast after the midpoint of the movie. The third jibe from Marcus is new to him, though.
- Overly Long Gag: Oh so many.
- Parental Abandonment: Rob is rather distanced from his two hot daughters from previous marriages (but learns to go Papa Wolf later on).
"The first twenty years of a child's life are more important than I thought..."
- Pet the Dog
- Random Events Plot: The first film to a degree, the sequel much more so.
- Recycled In Space: Fans are calling it "The Comedy Expendables".
- Rule of Three: There's a very good reason the movie posters only show three wives to five guys.
- Lenny and Rob both have three kids each. Kurt and Eric have two, but a mother-in-law and a dog make up the number.
- Steve Buscemi's cameo is extended into three scenes.
- And Rob, after getting an arrow in his foot, re-injures it thrice.
- Speaking of Rob, he mentions two failed previous marriages, making Gloria the third... Rule of Three cubed!
- Spoiled Brat: Lenny's sons, Greg and Keithie, start out as this, but over time, they learn to have fun without technology.
- His daughter, Becky, on the other hand seems to be more Spoiled Sweet
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute
- As noted on the main page, Kevin James' role might have been intended for SNL alumnus Chris Farley.
- Salma Hayek as the Rich Bitch fashionista? Was the role intended for Eva Longoria?
- Nick Swardson just so happened to have Rob Schneider's haircut in the 2nd one...
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Rob's has two incredibly hot daughters.
- Those Two Guys: Amusingly, Lenny's son Greg forms this with Kurt's son.
- Throwing the Game: When Lenny realizes just how much winning the game would mean to Dickie and his family, he deliberately misses the last shot and gives Dickie's team the win.
- Tin Can You Hear Me Now
- Token Minority: Both Kurt and Malcolm.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: This is practically Ugly Guy Hot Wife: The Movie.
- Lampshaded by Marcus at one point.
- Urine Trouble: Actually played straight with Eric.
- Vocal Dissonance: Crossing into Canada, Eh? with the hunk the wives meet at the pool.
- Volleying Insults: Any time the guys are together (except maybe Rob).