Grown Ups 2 is a sequel to the original Grown Ups film, released back in 2010. The film stars Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, and Jennifer Aniston.
Grown Ups 2 was directed by Dennis Dugan and written by Seth Gordon. It was produced by Happy Madison Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film was released in theaters on June 15th, 2018.
This sequel follows the same characters from the previous film. They return to their old hangouts and reminisce over their lives together. This time around, they get married and have kids.
The film received mixed reviews from critics, but was a box office success, grossing $240 million worldwide against its budget of $40 million.
What’s The Storyline Of This Movie?
The movie was a hit, grossing $162 million worldwide against a production budget of $35 million. It spawned a sequel, Happy Madison Productions’ 2000 comedy Grown Ups, starring Sandler, James, Rock, and Spade.
The plot follows the lives of several people living in the fictional town of Stanton, New Jersey, during the summer of 2017.
Eric Lamonsoff is a writer for the local newspaper, the Stanton Times. His best friend since childhood is Kurt McKenzie, whom he met while working together at a pizza parlor.
They both grew up in the same neighborhood, attended high school together, and eventually got married.
In 2012, they moved into a home owned by their parents, and now have three daughters named Emma, Sophia, and Becky.
Their marriage is strained due to Kurt’s extramarital affair with his co-worker Deanne Baxter, and his increasing obsession with social media.
What You Need To Know About This Movie
Parents need to know that Grew Up 2 is the lackluster sequel (and prequel!) to the 2010 comedy starring Adam Sandler. In this one, surly college fraternities are the targets of a prank war led by the guys’ former fraternity brothers.
There are tons of crude jokes about sex, drugs, alcohol, and partying; lots of profanity including “ass,” “cock,” “dick,” “fag,” “gay,” “shit,” “tits,” “vagina,” and “pussy”; and a lot of sexual innuendoes and some very brief nudity (male backsides and breasts).
A few scenes include drinking and drunkenness. Characters drink beer, wine, and tequila shots, sometimes while driving.
The film tries to make light of some serious issues, such as bullying, teen suicide, drug addiction, and depression. But much of what’s presented feels forced and trite, especially when compared to the original film.
And the filmmakers don’t seem to understand how difficult it is to talk about sensitive topics, even in a comedic context.
For example, we never learn why the main character’s ex-girlfriend left him, nor do we see his efforts to win her back. Instead, he just gets drunk and goes out to find her.
And although the film does show a young man struggling with mental illness, it doesn’t go far enough to explore the issue in depth. What parents need to know is that Grown Ups 2 isn’t hilarious and doesn’t offer anything meaningful.
Diversity In Grown Ups 2
A study published earlier this month found that children are more likely to develop positive views about themselves if they see people like themselves represented in popular culture.
And research has shown that young girls tend to internalize negative stereotypes about women, while boys often grow up believing they’re superior to others.
So it makes sense that seeing diverse representations in pop culture might help improve kids’ overall outlook on life.
The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan and Harvard University, looked at how much exposure to different types of media — movies, TV shows, video games, music videos, magazines, newspapers, books, and comics — influences children’s perceptions of their gender identity and race/ethnicity.
They used data from the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Media, which surveyed parents of nearly 500,000 children ages 8 and younger.
Researchers measured whether children saw positive images of people like themselves in media, such as black men in action roles, or negative ones, like white men in prison.
For example, a child who sees a lot of positive depictions of black men in action roles could learn that being smart, athletic, and successful isn’t limited just to one group
Parents should be aware that Grown-Ups 2 contains many crude jokes and references to sex, drugs, and alcohol. It also includes some strong language, including “cocksucker” and “fuck.”
There’s also some sexual innuendo and brief nudity. The characters drink beer, wine, and tequila shots, and occasionally drive while intoxicated.
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