"Overwhelmed by Crude, Lewd (and Unfunny) Content"
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GROWN UPS 2 is a louder, crasser, sloppier attempt at recapturing the first movie’s popularity. The minimal plot focuses on the four male leads and their families getting into one silly and often stupid misadventure after another. It all takes place in one improbably action-packed day. Everything climaxes in a giant 1980s-themed costume party. The ending also involves a giant battle between the town college’s frat boys versus the average folks who really live there.
GROWN UPS 2 is a strange mix of scatology and lewd humor mixed with strong pro-family, pro-life sentiments. The raunchy material is so crude, frequent and overwhelming that it nearly completely drowns out the positive parts. Some of the movie is funny in spite of itself. However, returning director Dennis Dugan does a shockingly sloppy job with many scenes. Also, the script is so over the top and manic that it simply insults the audience’s intelligence. The writing is desperate to be funny at any cost. Meanwhile, the lewd content is uncomfortable instead of funny, and it includes plenty of foul language, scatological humor, and overt homosexual humor.
(PaPa, BB, HoHo, LLL, VV, SS, N, AA, MM) Strong pagan worldview mixed with some strong pro-family, pro-marriage, and pro-life elements but also with some overt homosexual references and jokes; about 25 obscenities and 10 profanities, plus some scatological humor, including humor about passing gas and chocolate ice cream made to look like feces, references to urine and urination, urine stain shown, and vomiting for comic effect; lots of comic violence including comical fighting and punching and kicking, pratfalls, comical car chase; no actual depicted sex, but lots of sex-themed humor and scantily clad women, sexual innuendoes, sleazy janitor tricks women into taking several highly immodest positions, janitor leers at a girls’ dance teacher during recital, other men leer at dance teacher (which comes uncomfortably close to grown men being sexually aroused by an event involving children) and women in bikinis, one character has a relationship with a female bodybuilder in which he bites and licks her muscular arms while kissing and hugging her, fundraising car wash features teenage girls in tiny revealing cheerleader uniforms, and they are about to engage in sexually suggestive car washing when the scene suddenly switches to a bunch of apparently homosexual teenage boys washing the car in highly suggestive fashion, other homosexually-oriented attempts at humor include the real aerobics instructor revealing himself to be homosexual and being seen as a positive and attractive figure throughout the movie, and school bus driver acts more and more homosexual throughout the movie, including dressing in drag as 1980s homosexual pop singer Boy George at an ‘80s-themed party and later wearing only brief underwear with big urine stain; upper and rear male nudity, plus lots of female cleavage and ogling over women in bikinis; alcohol use and underage alcohol use portrayed at a wild college party, but two teenage high school boys invited to imbibe instead pretend to drink while pouring the alcohol out and one later pretends to be driving drunk to earn approval from bullying, mean college frat boys; no smoking or drugs; and strong miscellaneous immorality includes bullying but rebuked, vandalizing property, pranks, and some teenage rebellion but it’s resolved positively.
A sequel to a raunchy hit comedy, GROWN UPS 2 is a louder, crasser, sloppier attempt at recapturing the first movie’s popularity. It has a strong pagan worldview mixed with strong pro-family, pro-marriage and pro-life elements but lots “f” crude comedy.
The movie reunites some of comedy’s biggest stars in a simple-minded story of summer shenanigans. However, where the first movie had an innocent sweetness in many places amid some raunchy content, here the equation is reversed to detrimental effect. The minimal plot mainly focuses on the four male leads and their families getting into one silly and often stupid misadventure after another, all in one improbably action-packed day. It all climaxes in a giant 1980s-themed costume party that also involves a giant battle between the town college’s frat boys versus the average folks who really live there.
GROWN UPS 2 is a strange mix of scatology and sexual humor mixed with strong pro-family, pro-life sentiments. The raunchy material is so crude, frequent and overwhelming that it nearly completely drowns out the positive parts. Some of the movie is funny in spite of itself. However, returning director Dennis Dugan does a shockingly sloppy job with many scenes. Also, the script is so over the top and manic in many parts that it simply insults the audience’s intelligence. The writing is similarly slapdash and desperate to be funny at any cost. The movie’s lewd tone (with some of its scenes of men leering at women) is so extreme as to be uncomfortable on all levels. Even so, some parts are still fun, especially the climactic battle royale between the townspeople and the college frat boys. The one pleasant surprise throughout is a hilarious performance by former basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal as a cop who makes a fool of himself in many different yet charming ways.
Overall, while GROWN UPS 2 has some strong positive moral messages by the end, its crude, nearly non-stop raunchy content still makes this movie inappropriate for its intended teenage audience, an absolute must-avoid for younger children, and an occasionally funny but way too stupid movie for adults. There’s also plenty of foul language and some overt homosexual humor.