GROWN UPS 2
About the Film
They're back -- Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, and David Spade re-team for summer fun in Grown Ups 2.
Sandler's most successful comedy in his long career, the 2010 film Grown Ups took the box office by storm as audiences laughed their way to more than $260 million worldwide. Remarkably for a comedy star, Sandler has proven equally popular at home and abroad -- the film took in over $100 million overseas.
So, after more than ten years of blockbuster comedies, Sandler is doing something he's never done before: a sequel. Director Dennis Dugan, who helms his eighth Sandler film with Grown Ups 2, says that there are several reasons why the time is right. "It was just exciting to bring everybody back together," he says. "All the characters and relationships were so rich and funny, we knew there were lots more stories to be told. It's like visiting old friends."
For Chris Rock, re-teaming with his fellow funnymen meant the chance to be an especially funny movie. "It's a playful competition," he says. "I wanted to be funnier than Spade, Spade wants to be funnier than Kevin, and Kevin wants to be funnier than Adam. You just can't help it, if you're a comedian. But the positive side is that I think we really do make each other funnier."
ADAM SANDLER returns as Lenny Feder. Once a Hollywood big-shot, his most recent trip back to his hometown -- allowing him to reconnect with his old friends -- opened his eyes to what's really important in life. It's a lesson he didn't forget. "Lenny has quit his job as a Hollywood agent and moved the family back to his hometown," Dugan explains. "He wants the kids to grow up in a normal place, rather than the craziness of Hollywood."
KEVIN JAMES plays Eric Lamonsoff, who has to face his ultimate fear in the movie. "One of the things the movie is about is these guys re-living their youth a bit, and now that they're grown up, they're facing up to the things they never dealt with when they were young," says James. "My guy is the one guy who never jumped off the huge cliff at the quarry back in the day. Lenny and the guys don't let me live it down... so when the challenge is put in front of me, I am forced to conquer the fears of my youth... or go to a diner, either one."
CHRIS ROCK returns as Kurt McKenzie. A househusband in the first film, he's gone back to work in Grown Ups 2 -- not that you'd know it. "He's supposed to be a cable repairman, but -- like all cable repairmen -- he's figured out how to do as little real work as possible," Rock explains. "He gives you the window -- 'I'll be there between noon and four' -- and then he waits for that one moment when you can't answer the door. Knock, no answer, and boom -- he leaves the note, reschedule."
DAVID SPADE 's character, Marcus Higgins, gets a bit of a comeuppance in Grown Ups 2. "In the first movie, he discovered that the life he thought he wanted, single and free, wasn't as fulfilling as his friends', even though they were tied down with wives and kids," says Spade. "Well, in the sequel, he finds out that the free-and-easy life wasn't as free or easy as he thought -- he has a son that he never knew about, and he's coming up to the town to spend some time with the father he never knew. Oh, and the kid is about 18 and enormous and knows how to hold a grudge."
NICK SWARDSON brings the laughs as Nick. "I was psyched to work with so many great people on this movie," he says. "People I never thought I'd work with. This movie is really fun and crazy and I am glad I was a part of it."
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