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July 12, 2013

‘Pacific Rim’ goes big on effects

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VALDOSTA — Movie Review: This screenplay is Sandler’s first sequel. He acts as a co-producer and co-writer and should have left this on the shelf. Its originality has expired.

Sandler is back with costars James, Rock and Spade as four friends having immature adventures. For those wondering, the fifth friend, Rob Hilliard, is not in this film as Rob Schneider did not reprise the role from the 2010 prequel.

Lenny Feder (Sandler), Eric Lamonsoff (James), Kurt McKenzie (Rock) and Marcus Higgins (Spade) are family men and have been the best of friends for decades. They are proud fathers and husbands. They are older, but these men are heading in the opposite direction of wise. This outing, these goofballs manage to get into trouble with family, friends and an overly energetic and pompous fraternity of their local college.

Sequel to 2010’s “Grown Ups,” which was also directed by Dennis Dugan. As the title implies, grown ups are the primary focus of this film. However, this screenplay focuses on grown ups, their kids, friends, a large fraternity and goofy cops. Ultimately, the film has more players than it needs. It has little focus. It is a kid on crack, after multiple cups of coffee and several bags of cotton candy.

The entire cast in this film is odd. When a plausible character debuts that is not odd, that person appears out of place. This observation proves just how far from mainstream any of these characters are. Their actions are just bizarre.  

“Grown Ups 2” is mainly one crude joke after the next via eccentric characters. The characters’ antics are funny, if you lower your intelligence quotient to meet theirs. No thanks. That is too low.

Grade: D (Grown down redux.)

 

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