In the late 1990's I was picking through my father's old VHS collection and came across this film, never having heard of it before. I plugged it in his VCR (remember those?), got 10 minutes in, and labeled the film "80's B-movie schlock". An hour later, I found myself still watching, completely engrossed. In the years since, this film has become an old staple that I return to regularly whenever I cannot find anything on DISH Network which interests me. It is the definition of "a classic".
Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2 are both bad movies. But, the original had a throwback cheesiness which smacked sentimental for those who fondly remember the 80's.. Grown Ups 2 lacks the retro charm and instead relies on an endless string of pratfalls and bad one-liners which makes the watcher sentimental only for the original.