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Grown Ups 2

by Robert Sokol
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Monday Nov 11, 2013
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It’s almost embarrassing to admit how many laughs "Grown Ups 2" can offer. Writer, producer and star, Adam Sandler has created another exercise in puerile, mindless slapstick of the lowest common denominator which is also, at times, sidesplittingly funny.

The film works best as a series of set-up and delivers sight gags accented with pop culture references. The minute it devolves into plot - a riff on a conflict between frat boys and townies - it loses traction. Fortunately, Sandler never lets story-telling detract too much from straight-boy jokes and bathroom humor like being doused in deer urine. He’s also taken the fart gag to a new plateau: The belch-sneeze-fart trifecta!

Sandler is reunited with adult children Chris Rock, Kevin James, and David Spade. Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph and Maria Bello continue paying spousal support, while newbies -- notably Nick Swardson and Shaquille O’Neal - make memorable debuts.

The retail package includes Blu-ray, a standard definition DVD, and an any-device streaming or downloadable Digital HD Ultra Violet version. The Blu-ray serves up 101 minutes of 1.85:1 widescreen yucks with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound (Dolby Digitial 5.1 on the DVD) in for the English and Quebecois French audio. Captions are in English, Quebecois French, and Spanish.

Like the ’80s-themed party that wraps up the film, "Grown Ups 2" invites you to call your friends, break out the six-pack, order some pizza and have a little fun.

The packaging touts Sony’s "Mastered in 4K" treatment, which is really an unsampled 1080p process, and "expanded color," which only works on specifically enabled monitors. That said, the picture is nicely crisp and detail rich.

A laudable effort was made of extras. In addition to the usual deleted scenes, there’s a fun "Look Who Stopped By" featurette on the cast filled with cameos from Georgia Engel to Taylor Lautner, some informative and amusing behind-the-scenes production shorts, and a Shaq-and-awe tribute to O’Neal’s fearless playfulness.

Like the ’80s-themed party that wraps up the film, "Grown Ups 2" invites you to call your friends, break out the six-pack, order some pizza and have a little fun.

"Grown Ups 2"
Blu-ray + DVD
+ Digital HD Combo Pack

$29.99


sonypictures.com

Robert Sokol is the editor at BAYSTAGES, the creative director at VIA MEDIA, and the program manager for The [TBA] Awards. Writer, diva wrangler, cinefiler, and occasional saloon singer, he has been touching showbiz all his life. (So far no restraining orders have been issued!) His by-line also appears in the San Francisco Examiner, Theatre Bay Area Magazine, The Sondheim Review, and other regional or national publications and websites.

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