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Grown Ups 2 (Blu-ray Review)

14 Nov, 2013 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Sony Pictures
Box Office $133.59 million
$30.99 DVD, $40.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG-13’ for crude and suggestive content, language and some male rear nudity.
Stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello.

Grown Ups 2 reunites the gang from the first film, as Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler) moves his family back to his hometown to be closer to his friends and their kids.

Lenny — with pals Eric Lamonsoff (Kevin James), Kurt McKenzie (Chris Rock) and Marcus Higgins (David Spade) in tow — soon finds that the old neighborhood isn’t as friendly as it once was, as a cocky group of frat boys (led by Taylor Lautner as Andy) tries to show them that they run the town now. But Grown Ups 2 is less about these seasoned guys trying to prove themselves to the young bucks and more about the men developing stronger bonds with their expanding families, while kicking off the summer with a bang.

Thankfully, the sequel ups the laugh quotient several notches with hilarity ensuing at every turn. Whether it’s a deer ransacking the Feder home, a new school vs. old school handshake-off, or a raucous costume party, the comedy succeeds at keeping viewers entertained.

While Grown Ups was memorable for its one-liners (i.e. the ever popular “I wanna get chocolate wasted”), part two’s sight gags garner the most laughs, especially Higgins rolling out of control throughout town inside a giant tire. This particularly amusing scene is the subject of its own featurette, “Mr. Spade’s Wild Ride.”

Also exclusive to the Blu-ray are “The Feder House” and “Look Who Stopped By” featurettes. The latter highlights the film’s impressive list of cameos, including Shaquille O’Neal as a goofy cop, Cheri Oteri as Lenny’s obsessed ex, Andy Samberg as a scantily clad male cheerleader, Nick Swardson as an unstable school bus driver, and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin as the resident roughneck.

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