A nine percent on Rotten Tomatoes? What nine percent on Rotten Tomatoes? Despite not getting much love from the critics, in 2010, Grown Ups still went on to delight audiences with a group of grown men cracking jokes at funerals, pranking each other while they sleep, and taunting their basketball opponents, ultimately blowing away expectations, nabbing $271.4 million at the worldwide box office and securing itself a sequel.
In Grown Ups 2, the gang is back together again, but this time, the shenanigans go down in their hometown. Lenny (Adam Sandler), Roxanne (Salma Hayek) and the Feder kids relocate to where Lenny grew up, just around the corner from Eric (Kevin James), Marcus (David Spade), Kurt (Chris Rock) and their families. In celebration of the last day of school and the start of summer, Lenny’s persuaded to throw a party at his house, but before getting to relive their former glory days, the guys must deal with territorial frat boys, a runaway tire, family drama, a moose, and more.
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Adam Sandler may never have been the king of all things “Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes, but there was a time when he delivered silly fare that you couldn’t help, but to watch over and over again. In case That’s My Boy follows in the footsteps of Sandler’s more recent wide releases like Grown Ups andJack and Jill, at least we’ve still got his past films to remind us of the silly and loveable Adam Sandler that used to be.
Pip “ain’t fartin’ on no snare drum,” but Sandler’s Airheads character certainly keeps the mood light while his accomplices, Chazz and Rex (Brendan Fraser and Steve Buscemi), hold up KPPX at gunpoint out of desperation to get their song on the air. When you’ve got Pip whipping out dance moves during a standoff with a police officer, it’s obvious he’s got the power to steal the spotlight.
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What’s with Adam Sandler lately? We get the unfunny missed opportunity with‘Grown Ups’ last summer, and now ‘Just Go With It?’ What’s happening to the guy who used to deliver comedy after comedy that’d keep us either laughing or disgusted (in a good way) all the way through?
Actually, it looks like the majority of folks out there don’t even care much for some of Sandler’s previous work because despite his all-star status most of the films responsible for skyrocketing him to fame are, well, pretty rotten. Sandler didn’t manage to break into fresh territory on Rotten Tomatoes until 1998’s ‘The Wedding Singer,’ and even then it only earned him a 67%. From there, it was a nine-film gap until his next fresh ratings, ‘Punch-Drunk Love’ and ‘Stupidity’ followed by ‘Reign Over Me’ in 2007 and then ‘Funny People’ in 2009. Overall, of Sandler’s 34 rated films on Rotten Tomatoes, he’s earned just five fresh ratings. Otherwise, all his films are rotten, and some very rotten.
The curious thing is, for some, it’s natural to look back on some of these supposed rotten films fondly. In fact, as sick as it sounds, a handful of them were personal childhood favorites. Sandler’s style of humor is an acquired taste and if you weren’t feeling it when ‘Billy Madison’ hit in 1995, odds are the entire Adam Sandler movement was one entirely rotten experience. Just because these films aren’t for everyone doesn’t mean they’re not enjoyable to some, so here’s to the ones buried in thumbs down that still have a lasting positive impact.
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