In 1978, five young friends had the best basketball coach ever in Bobby Ferdinando. 30 years later, then they learn that Bobby has passed away, the pals reunite for the first time in decades, returning to their home town for the funeral. Eager to see if they still have a connection so many years later, the group decides to stay and spend the Fourth of July weekend together with each others families.
Grown Ups is the latest from director Dennis Dugan, who brought us Happy Gimore way back in 1996 but more recently was behind the cinematic crime of I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry. Here, he's working again with Adam Sandler, who also co-wrote the script along with Fred Wolf. In front of the camera, the filmmakers have assembled some of the biggest comedy talent around, including Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade and Rob Schneider, all of whom started their careers with 'Saturday Night Live'.
The plot seems to have elements of the great Candy/Aykroyd match-up The Great Outdoors, with plenty of room for physical comedy as well as (we hope) a bit of heart. And, typically for the genre, you also get a supporting cast of improbably attractive women who would never be married to these guys in real life - including Salma Hayek, Maria Bello and Maya Rudolf. It's good to see Schneider as more than Sandler's random buddy but by all accounts its oft-obnoxious David Spade who steals the show with his constant one-liners.
Grown Ups made a big splash when it landed in the states, coming in third to big hitters like Toy Story 3 and Knight and Day and its worth checking your comedy calendar for in August.