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When Grown Ups star and co-writer Adam Sandler repeatedly slapped Rob Schneider in the face with a dehydrated banana, I was jealous of Schneider, who suffered less than I did getting slapped upside the head by this rotting fruit of a comedy.
During "Grown Ups," I felt a deep sadness every time the audience laughed and the sounds of their chuckles turned into the ringing of the cash register, and all I thought was a grim, simple truth: This, America, is why we can't have nice things.
The script, credited to -- or, better, blamed on -- Sandler and collaborator Fred Wolf, never builds. In fact, it mostly consists of the comics cracking each other up. And it's not a party we're ever invited to.
The new Adam Sandler comedy has all the charm of a home movie that does not star your own family, which means it's overly sentimental, filled with you-had-to-be-there moments, bad jokes and even worse camera angles.
You find yourself chuckling at a lonely gag that halfway works -- not that I can remember any right now -- and end up shivering with cold sweat, convinced that watching Grown Ups has permanently damaged your sanity and intelligence.
The actors seem genuinely fond of one another, and the message -- don't pass up life's simple pleasures -- suits its PG-13 rating. And the '80s soundtrack is spot-on. But it isn't enough to salvage this film.