Directed By: Dennis Dugan
Written By: Adam Sandler , Fred Wolf
The genre of Hollywood comedy has a wide variety like black, romantic, n out n out full comedy but among these varied genre's I feel there is another genre which almost always stands out and that for me is Adam Sandler genre of comedy. Most of movies hardly need a bound script , some of them are like he is trying to live his past days again. Super to be able to do that even though its just for 2 hrs but not many get to do it even for a minute.
Five childhood buddies, members of junior high basketball championship tema are united after a very long time due to the demise of their beloved team coach Buzz. Coach always wanted the players of his team to live life the way they played the game that day.
Each one of them has found new career, family and they somehow lost touch as their responsibilities and work piled up. Lenny(Adam Sandler) has become a successful Hollywood agent, is married to a fashion designer Roxanne (Salma Hayek) and has three kids that are spoiled to the limit. Something that worries Lenny,watching his kids glued to the video games, texting the nanny for everything and never actually knowing whats like to play outside. Eric Lemonsoff (Kevin James) the big man of the junior high champion team is a co-owner of a lawn furniture firm, married to Sally (Maria Bello) has two kids , elder daughter and a son who still likes to drink his mommy's milk even though he is 48 months. Kurt McKenzie (Chris Rock) is a stay at home father who is married to Deanne (Maya Rudolph), the primary breadwinner of the family. They have two kids and Deanne is expecting again. The fourth friend Rob Hilliard (Rob Schneider) is a thrice divorced pacifist vegan married to Gloria (Joyce Van Patten), who is 30 years older than him and has 3 daughters out which two are extremely hot . Marcus Higgins (David Spade) the last of the five is still bachelor and lives life according to his rules. He is a womanizer and is the least bothered of them all. Though the guys haven't met for long, their bond is still as strong as it was back then. This is a story of these five friends and their family. How they are able to re-discover their lost friends, their inner child, the lost spark in relationships and the most important themselves.
The last movie by Adam Sandler was Funny People , which was also a subtle comedy if we compare it to the past standards set by Adam Sandler and so is this one. Though he has moved up to more dramatic and sensitive comedies but still the movies he makes give you the same sense of happiness as were his earlier works. There is never a really big story behind movies done by Adam ,except a few exceptions like, Fifty First Dates etc but still the movies are complete in their own way. The story here is some thing I feel very close to me and since Adam Sandler is the co-writer with Fred Wolf ,it must be close to him as well. He has taken up something that's very contemporary and given it the simplest of expressions rather than going for an dramatized version. The story is light hearted and just flows through . The dialogues are routine with some nice jokes added. Though most of the jokes or lines used are not new but they did took me back to the old college jokes, which was kind of good.
The performance's in the movie aren't awesome but the movie didn't required anyone to be awesome. Five friends out on a picnic with family was how I felt about it. Though most of the movie did look like just a video from an outing with friends but none the less it was enjoyable. The guys were good, specially I think Rob Schneider, as the highly emotional dramatized version which is not usually his style of comedy. Mostly I have seen him more physical than in Grown Ups. I specially liked the sequence where all the guys except Rob are staring at the hot ass of Rob's daughter and they take turn to stare, was really cool and funny.
If we do look at the movie it does lacks a proper screenplay and editing. The huge ensemble cast must have been hard to direct and control but I feel Dennis Dugan did an OK job but yes it could have been better. The movie is relaxing as most of Sandler genre of comedy movies are and with the inclusion of all the members with whom Adam Sandler generally works , the movie becomes more enjoyable and relaxed.
It may not make one realize what one is missing but yet does makes you feel you are missing something , if you haven't called up or been in touch of your friends and family for long.
Plus : Enjoyable and very relaxed movie. May be lead you into making some calls.