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80






Studio and Year: Columbia Pictures - 2010
Feature running time: 102 minutes
Genre: Comedy

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English/French/Portuguese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SHD, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph
Directed by: Dennis Dugan
Music by: Rupert Gregson-Williams
Written by: Adam Sandler, Fred Wolf
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: November 09, 2010







"Boys Will Be Boys...Some Longer Than Others"



Film Synopsis:

Just because you grow older doesn't mean you have to grow up! Comedy superstars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider are at their hilarious and outrageous best playing childhood friends who reunite one holiday weekend to relive the good old days. It doesn't matter that these five guys are now respectable businessmen, husbands and fathers. Once they get back together, nothing is going to stop these kids-at-heart from having the time of their adult lives in this hilarious and heartwarming film that proves men will be boys from the people who brought you Click.




My Take:

Oh man, what happened to these guys?? I remember back in the late 90's when a new Adam Sandler flick was a sure fire riot. From 'Happy Gilmore' to 'The Waterboy', I enjoyed almost all of his comedies, I even thought 'I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry' had its moments. 'Grown Ups' didn't. I couldn't believe the amount of failed jokes and cringe-worthy moments. The funniest moments were a long-winded (pun intended) running fart joke that squeaked out a few times over this movies way too long runtime of 100 minutes.

The movie really has no plot. When High School Coach Bobby Ferdinando hear his final buzzer, the 5 boys of his only championship basketball team reunite for his funeral. Oh ya, the team they beat is still whining about Lenny Feder's (Adam Sandler) last second shot. They claim his foot was on the line. Oh can you feel the conflict?? I was hoping/thought the movie was going to end when my wife said, "but they need to play the basketball game". We looked at each-other in agony.... Besides those plot points, NOTHING else really happened. Oh, they went to a water-park and we saw Norm McDonald's rear-end. Oh that reminds me of what I tried to forget, we see multiple men's rear ends here. My how desperate they were for a laugh!

Starring Adam Sandler (The Wedding Singer) Kevin James, (Paul Blart: Mall Cop), Chris Rock (Lethal Weapon 4), David Spade (Tommy Boy), Rob Schneider (Deuce Bigelow), Salma Hayek (Frida), Maria Bello (A History of Violence) and Maya Rudolph (Away We Go), I really was hoping I would find it better than I had heard. I like raunchy dumb humor, as long is its funny. Too bad these guys have tamed down and tried to appeal to a family audience; the edge as been officially lost, my friends. Put it this way, I liked 'Wild Hogs' more --they were similar in a mid-life crises type of way. There were a few laughs (Mommies milk, the beefcake from Saskatoon and Kevin James' rope swing come to mind) and some heart-warming moments, but not enough of either to make it worth-while.

Parental Guide:

Rated PG-13 for crude material including suggestive references, language and some male rear nudity.





AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

Audio: 82



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Video: 78



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'Grown Ups' comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 23.3 mbps and DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Sound that has an average bitrate of 3.5 mbps.

'Grown Ups' was not filmed with an eye towards creating a striking image and that is clear looking at this Blu-ray release from Sony. It looks as if it was treated well, having no artifacts or issues, it just looks over saturated and a little soft. Blacks were inky, but at times details were lost in the shadows. Complexions tended to look a bit waxy, but over saturation and limited fine details can do that. The colors were a bit on the warm side with a golden/red hue to the image. That did bother me in the beginning but eventually I settled in with its color scheme and was fine with it. If only the finer details were more visible.

The DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Sound track was right on par with the video presentation. It was good, at times very nice but mostly just pedestrian. I took note of the surrounds just twice during the film. Most of what I heard was confined to the front sound-stage and it felt a bit confined. There was not too much in the way of dynamics or weight other than the obligatory loud music via scene/location changes that we are so accustomed to in assembly line comedies these days. I never lost track of a word of dialogue, I just never took note of more than that.



Bonus Features:


  • Commentary with Director Dennis Dugan

  • (HD) The Cast of Grown Ups: Featurette

  • (HD) Gag Reel

  • (HD) Deleted Scenes

  • (HD) Riff-O-Rama

  • (HD) Dennis Dugan: Hands on Director

  • (HD) The Lost tapes of Norm MacDonald

  • (HD) Busey and the Monkey

  • (HD) Previews: The Other Guys, Salt, The Karate kid, Easy A, Stomp the Yard: Homecoming

  • BD Live Enabled

  • Movie IQ




Final Thoughts:

Playing it safe doesn't make good comedy for me. This bunch usually went a little raunchy or weird, but not with 'Grown Ups'. This is a plot-less, by-the-numbers family comedy that will be forgotten quicker than Vanilla Ice's new TV show. Even the special features are a few blasé 5 minute short featurettes of little substance. If you are interested in the making of a bad script and badly executed film, you can listen to director Dennis Dugan talk about how the lighting here made everyone too saturated with a lack of detail (OK he doesn't say that). I suggest a pass, rental at most.







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Lee Weber
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post #2 of 34
Lee, I'm particularly curious to hear your comments on the audio track. This movie trailer has been on almost every movie I've watched in the last few months (or so it seems). I took particular notice to how nice the audio was on the trailer every time I heard it. It had me anxious to get the BR. It wouldn't be the first time that the "pumped up" trailer audio doesn't represent the movie itself!

This cast should have brought nothing but greatness to the table. Shame. I'll still rent it, but would rather send a message to Sony by not renting it. Of course, they don't care about my message.
post #3 of 34
Greetings,

I saw this while it was in theaters. My reaction wasn't as strong as Lee's but I also found it underwhelming.

Thanks Lee.

Regards,
post #4 of 34
As bad as this movie was i still found it pretty funny.

Also it actually did very well in the theatres when it came out. So well that Adam Sandler bought each of his co-star guy friends a Maserati!

Cheers
post #5 of 34
I actually enjoyed the film and as a middle aged guy could kind of relate to the characters and the busting balls they did with each other like guys do. I found the jokes pretty funny. I don't recall many fart jokes like you mentioned. Sure not every joke landed but enough of them did. Come on, it is an Adam Sandler movie. This falls in line with most of his other flicks if you like his kind of humor. I would rate it higher than what you described.
post #6 of 34
Adam Sandler seems to only make movies for the big fat check, and so that he can have a really hot chick, pretend to be his wife/girlfriend. It's almost kind of nauseating. I kind of hate to say that because he does seem to be a pretty decent guy. Alot of his jokes have just gotten to be kind of desperate almost. That trend seems to have carried over to his buddy Kevin James and the women he hooks up with in his movies. Although Zoo Keeper looks like it might be funny. But I am not expecting it to be.
post #7 of 34
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I actually enjoyed the film and as a middle aged guy could kind of relate to the characters and the busting balls they did with each other like guys do. I found the jokes pretty funny. I don't recall many fart jokes like you mentioned. Sure not every joke landed but enough of them did. Come on, it is an Adam Sandler movie. This falls in line with most of his other flicks if you like his kind of humor. I would rate it higher than what you described.
Every 20 mins Chris Rock's mother in-law would farts and blames it on the dog then she farts in the cup phone...

If I ever bust-balls with my buddies as lame as they do to each other in this flick, shoot me!!

I am glad you liked it more than I.
post #8 of 34
I thought this movie started out pretty decent, but then it just got really stupid and dumb.
post #9 of 34
This movie was just plain horrible. Sellout material.

Horrible, just plain horrible.
post #10 of 34
I've usually liked almost all of the guys in this movie, but this one was amazingly terrible. It was like each guy said: "Oh, this is gonna be FUNNY!" and they stuck it in there, because so many of the "jokes" fell flat and felt almost sit-com-ish the way they flittered in and out so quickly, with no pay off.
post #11 of 34
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Originally Posted by Lee Weber View Post

Every 20 mins Chris Rock's mother in-law would farts and blames it on the dog then she farts in the cup phone...

If I ever bust-balls with my buddies as lame as they do to each other in this flick, shoot me!!

I am glad you liked it more than I.

It has been a few months since I saw it but I did forget about that. That part was not funny I agree.
post #12 of 34
Gotta agree with Lee, I had my hopes up since I'm an Adam Sandler fan, but this one fell short big time.

And I didn't care for the editing either, or maybe blame it on the writing, as Chris Rock's character would disappear for several scenes at a time.
post #13 of 34
What a dumb movie,
Shame on you get for this money
post #14 of 34
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What a dumb movie,
Shame on you get for this money

Fool me once, shame on shame on you. Fool me you can't get fooled again.
post #15 of 34
Thanks for the review Lee!

While this film had my wife and I laughing quite a bit, the humor was extremely unoriginal. The story tries to be touching in some respects, but doesn't dive deep enough into the themes, and like Lee says, there pretty much is no plot. At times, you forget why these guys are all together in the first place.

The picture quality was softer than what I am used to seeing on recent Blu-ray releases. Flesh tones were very nice, but there were very few scenes where detail was as good as what we've come to expect from newly released films.

Sound quality was nice, with no problems understanding dialogue. Nice and clear, although not that dynamic.

PQ: 3.5 out of 5, SQ 3.5 out of 5, Film 2.5 out of 5

Dan
post #16 of 34
Looking forward watching this tonight.
post #17 of 34
They could have called this 5 idiots. 3-4 funny lines... but that's about all.
post #18 of 34
This film was hilarious thoroughly enjoyed it.
post #19 of 34
Lol. I watched this last night and found myself laughing out loud!
post #20 of 34
Sandler has to be the most unfunny 'actor' ever.
post #21 of 34
I felt violated while watching this.
post #22 of 34
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Lol. I watched this last night and found myself laughing out loud!

Me three!
post #23 of 34
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Sandler has to be the most unfunny 'actor' ever.

No, that would be Will Ferrell!
post #24 of 34
Wow...I'm completely at a loss after just seeing this....I can honestly say that I've enjoyed and laughed at EVERY film Sandler has ever done. But this was AWFUL!!! This was some of the worst, most pathetic writing of all time! Chris Rock should be ASHAMED for taking this part! I expect this sort of thing from Rob Schneider and maybe David Spade, but I expect better from Sandler, Rock, and yeah, even tubbo. I don't think I laughed once, and it's pretty easy to make me laugh when these guys are on the screen!

I can't believe how bad this was...
post #25 of 34
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Wow...I'm completely at a loss after just seeing this....I can honestly say that I've enjoyed and laughed at EVERY film Sandler has ever done. But this was AWFUL!!! This was some of the worst, most pathetic writing of all time! Chris Rock should be ASHAMED for taking this part! I expect this sort of thing from Rob Schneider and maybe David Spade, but I expect better from Sandler, Rock, and yeah, even tubbo. I don't think I laughed once, and it's pretty easy to make me laugh when these guys are on the screen!

I can't believe how bad this was...

It's very very very low of them.
post #26 of 34
I'm not an Adam Sandler fan, but surprisingly, I liked him and the rest of the crew in this one.
post #27 of 34
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lol. I watched this last night and found myself laughing out loud!:d

+1
post #28 of 34
Which parts did you guys laugh at?? lol
post #29 of 34
I thought the cameo by Steve Buscemi towards the end was the only part of the film that I really thought was funny. Most of the jokes were lame and and the film seemed overly repetitive with some of the riffs.

It wasn't a terrible movie, by no means the worst movie I have seen in my life, but the movie and the performances came off as being rather small. The whole movie seemed rather pointless in it's message at the end. I know it's a smash-up style comedy, but the movie could have used a more centric theme and message. Instead the movie was all over the place.

I miss the comedies of 80's. Oh well.
post #30 of 34
I have a sophomoric sense of humor and laughed quite a bit at this one. I was expecting it to be horrible. Might have helped my brother in law was over and I had a couple of adult beverages but I still laughed a lot.
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