Adam Sandler: Grown Ups 2 & Modern Jewish Films
Jewish Comedian Adam Sandler Continues “Grown Ups” Series
In just two weeks, “Grown Ups 2” has already earned over $94 million and become one of the biggest movies of the summer.
This movie examines a group of four childhood friends, now middle-aged men, hanging out together and remembering their past.
“Grown Ups 2” has no real “plot” or story. It’s almost as if Sandler wanted to make a new movie but had no ideas, so he just asked a bunch of famous people to be in it and knew Americans would pay to see it.
The cast includes Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Jon Lovitz, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Andy Samberg, Taylor Lautner, Dan Patrick, and Shaquille O’Neal.
Despite the popularity of the movie, most film critics have blasted the film as Sandler’s worst. For example:
Andrew Barker of Variety magazine said Grown Ups 2 is “among the slackest, laziest, least movie-like movies released by a major studio in the last decade”.
Linda Barnard of the Toronto Star claimed “Adam Sandler scrapes the bottom of the barrel—and then he pukes into it—with Grown Ups 2, a lazily cribbed-together swamp of pointless and unfunny sketches”.
Claudia Puig of USA Today magazine wrote “Mystifyingly, the movie manages to emerge plot-free. Instead, it offers a succession of humorless gross-out gags, fat jokes, suggestive posturing, bullying, belches and pratfalls. Life is simple — and gross — in Sandlerville.”
Sara Stewart of the New York Post wrote “the movie lurches from one gross-out scene to another, flipping the bird at continuity and logic. It honestly seems as if Sandler and his team descended on a random suburb, halfheartedly improvising and moving on when they got bored.”
Randy Cordova of The Arizona Press ironically claimed “In it’s own way, Grown Ups 2 sets the bar really high. After all, it’s hard to imagine another comedy coming along this year that is this abrasive and free of laughs. It’s like everyone involved intentionally tried to create a horrible movie.”
Back in the 1990s, Adam Sandler joined the cast of Saturday Night Live and became the most popular comedian in America. His popularity increased with movies including:
1995: Billy Madison ($26 million)
1996: Happy Gilmore ($41 million)
1998: The Wedding Singer ($123 million
1998: The Waterboy ($185 million)
1999: Big Daddy ($234 million)
Back in 1999, Sandler launched “Happy Madison”, his own film production company. “Happy Madison” has produced every Sandler movie project since then:
1999: Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo ($92 million)
2000: Littly Nicky ($58 million)
2001: Joe Dirt ($30 million)
2002: Mr. Deeds ($171 million)
2003: Ander Management ($195 million)
2004: 50 First Dates ($196 million)
2005: The Longest Yard ($190 million)
2006: Click ($237 million)
2007: I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry ($186 million)
2008: You Don’t Mess With Zohan ($202 million)
2009: Paul Blart: Mall Cop ($183 million)
2009: Funny People ($71 million)
2010: Grown Ups ($271 million)
2011: Zookeeper ($169 million)
2012: That’s My Boy ($57 million)
2012: Here Comes The Boom ($63 million)
In other words, Adam Sandler is directly responsible for many of the worst films created throughout the last fifteen years. Yet somehow, people still pay to see his movies…