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Grown Ups 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 Productions and was distributed by Columbia Pictures.
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Thirty years after graduating from high school, five former basketball teammates Lenny Feder (Sandler), Eric Lamonsoff (James), Kurt McKenzie (Rock), Marcus Higgins (Spade) and Rob Hilliard (Schneider) 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.

A sequel was released in July 2013, where only Sandler, James, Rock and Spade returned (Schneider was unable to reprise his role due to scheduling conflicts and his wife was pregnant during production). The sequel got extremely negative reviews and was a box office bomb. But it kicked off the The Worst Idea of All Time podcast by the New Zealand comedians Guy Montgomery and Tim Batt, who took on the challenge of watching the movie and reviewing it once a week for a year.

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Not to be confused with Jaleel White's short-lived UPN show.


This movie contains examples of:

  • Adorkable: Rob and his third daughter.
  • Agony of the Feet: The end result of Arrow Roulette.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Rob's brother Nick Hilliard who admits to the guys that his wife left him after catching him eating a banana suggestively, admits to having trouble holding on to an attraction to women and finds himself drawn and being flirtatious to a gay man named Kyle at the 80's party, all while dressed up as Boy George from Culture Club.
  • A Mistake Is Born: In "Grown Ups 2", Lamonsoff is revealed to being a unplanned child due to being concieved in a bathroom during a football game. Despite this, his parents still loved him. Meanwhile, Lenny tries to argue with Roxanne over not wanting another baby only to be dumbfounded when she reveals to him that she's already pregnant.
  • 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 Wiley, who gets stuck on a zipline and crashes into a hut... and later "wins" another round of "arrow roulette".
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    • 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."
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: In the second film, between all the grown ups and the cruel army of teens.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: ALL THE KIDS, except for maybe Becky
  • 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. Wiley is this for the Jerk Jock posse.
  • The Casanova: Marcus
  • Catchphrase: the buzzer noise (he's even nicknamed Coach Buzzer) is treated like this in-universe.
  • Cheerful Child: Eric's son Bean. How could you not breastfeed him...
  • Chekhov's Gun: The deer in the second movie.
  • The Chew Toy: Wiley
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Marcus.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Rob and his wife and daughters do not appear nor are even mentioned in the sequel. Instead, his long-lost baby brother Nick shows up in his place.
  • The Cutie: Becky
  • 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. Though Gloria confessed that she was so upset at Rob for yelling at her, she wanted to call him "a bug-eyed sociopath with a little man complex", and "say that his hair makes him look like a dirty q-tip. Or that he resembles an older, gay Jonas Brother. Or a midget, Filipino Fonzi."
  • 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).
  • Expy: Marcus is a sex hound and the only member of the group who isn't married, kind of like a certain sexually active and unmarried character from a certain adult cartoon series.
  • The Fashionista: Lenny's wife Roxanne.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Never Heard That One Before: Wiley, 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..."
  • Random Events Plot: The first film to a degree, the sequel much more so.
  • Recycled In Space: Fans are calling it "The Comedy Expendables".
  • Spoiled Brat: Lenny's sons, Greg and Keithie, start out as this, but over time, they learn to have fun without technology.
  • 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 Andre.
  • Throwing the Fight: 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.
    • In the sequel Tommy offers to throw a fight to Lenny in order to impress Lenny's son, he quickly changes the plan to simply begging not to be hit since he didn't think anyone would believe Lenny could knock him out.
  • 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).

Alternative Title(s): Grown Ups 2

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