Grown Ups (Blu-ray) (2010)

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Released 10-Nov-2010

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio & Animation
Trailer
Deleted Scenes-several sets
Outtakes-x3
Featurette-Dennis Dugan: Hands on Director
Featurette-The Cast of 'Grown Ups'
Trivia-Movie IQ track
Audio Commentary-Director
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2010
Running Time 102:20
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Dennis Dugan
Studio
Distributor
Happy Madison
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Adam Sandler
Kevin James
Chris Rock
David Spade
Rob Schneider
Salma Hayek
Case Amaray Variant
RPI $44.95 Music Rupert Gregson-Williams


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Spanish DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Portuguese DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
French DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
Not 16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
Spanish
Portuguese
French
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement Yes
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

†††† I'm a sucker for trashy Happy Madison movies. Happy Madison being Adam Sandlerís production company, which churns out one brainless slapstick low-brow comedy after another, all starring Sandler and/or one of his usually even more low brow buddies. Maybe in a few decades time, after some historical revision a-la Duck Soup, others will be too. In the meantime I'll happily take up any argument over the worth of the studio's cannon as most critics sit on ivory towers showering the $100 million man with bile. With that in mind, I certainly had a modest degree of understated excitement dwelling within me at the prospect of Sandler teaming up with David Spade, Rob Schneider, Kevin James and Chris Rock when I first heard about Grown Ups. Nor did it disappoint when Salma Hayek, Maria Bello and Maya Rudolph were lined up as several of their hotter-than-guys-like-that-would-ever-have wives. Plenty more Sandler pals who are usually good for a laugh pop up too (Norm McDonald, Steve Buscemi). Alas the finished product is closer to one fifth as funny as a solo outing from any of the stars rather than five times as funny - and I have only rounded up that far because I'm feeling generous.

†††† The basic premise is that five guys who were in the same championship-winning junior basketball team get back together, along with their families, to scatter the ashes of their recently deceased coach. Each overcomes some sort of neurosis about whom they've grown up into and realise the importance of family and friends. That beer-napkin summary is likely all the guys put together before they started filming what is essentially 5 guys hanging out and cracking wise to one another over not much for 100-odd minutes. If it was done well, and probably a lot less PG-rated, you could probably have gotten something worth watching out of that setup. Alas, the best on offer ranks a mediocre dad-joke and there is no genuine laugh in sight.

†††† The best that can be said about Grown Ups is that it is amiable, well intentioned and occasionally mildly amusing. More cynically, and probably more accurately, this is a lazy, though calculated, cash-grab by 5 comedians who didn't fancy getting a real job for the year and realised there was more money to be made selling out their image in the broadest possible vehicle than trying to create something to further earn that image.

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Transfer Quality

Video

†††† The film is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio in 1080p. The video looks fine for the film it is, but far from anything to write home about. The image is reasonable sharp and free from grain, but a reasonable degree of edge enhancement and noise reduction is present and makes the image look a tad artificial. The colours are bold though a little too bright at times. There is reasonable shadow depth, although most of the "night" scenes are heavily blue-lit. There is no sign of compression artefacts of film artefacts in the video.

†††† English subtitles are present and they appear to be reasonably accurate and well timed.

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Audio

†††† The film features a choice of English, Spanish, Portuguese and French DTS HD MA The audio is clean, clear and well mixed. The dialogue is well placed in the mix and there is no sync issues save for a few obvious overdubs. The film features a by-the-numbers orchestral score from Rupert Gregson-Williams.

†††† The surrounds are used to modest effect, occasionally to aid on-screen gags. The subwoofer barely registers a rumble, although there is hardly a call for it.

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Extras

†††† The disc opens with 5 forced trailers which have to be skipped individually before the menu opens.

Audio Commentary with Director Dennis Duggan

†††† Director Dennis Duggan, who is probably himself Adam Sandlerís most frequent collaborator, offers an occasionally amusing commentary that overpraises everything and everyone, the whole time oblivious to just how awful the film is.

Gag Reel Featurette (3:49)

†††† On set pranks and line fluffs. Pass.

Outtakes & Deleted Scenes (10:18)

†††† 10 deleted scenes & outtakes that are even less funny than the rest of the film. Ouch.

Laughing is Contagious Featurette (4:08)

†††† An outtakes/gag reel by any other name, alas both those names were taken by equally crap other featurettes. Pass.

Riff-O-Rama Featurette (4:37)

†††† Alternate/extended takes of the cast sitting around the lake talking each other up and tearing each other down.

Dennis Dugan: Hands on Director Featurette

†††† A shameless bit of EPK fluff hyping the director. Some of the on-set footage might crank someone's chain, but it is hard to imagine.

The Lost Tapes of Norm MacDonald Featurette (6:46)

†††† A few minutes of deleted scenes featuring a deleted character played by Norm McDonald (who does feature in a one-shot sight gag in the actual film). More material not good enough for a terrible film.

Busey and the Monkey Featurette (3:24)

†††† Gary Busey in a short, though amusing, deleted scene in which crazy old Gary Busey calls his agent, who happens to be Sandlerís character.

The Cast of 'Grown Ups' Featurette (7:08)

†††† Seven minutes of shameless praise for the cast. Pass.

Movie IQ

†††† An option to have Internet-sourced trivia and such displayed on screen throughout the film. An interesting gimmick, but still just a gimmick.

Blu-ray Live

†††† Access to the Sony BD Live portal, with no content specific to this film.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

††††The Region 4 and Region 1 editions of this release are identical.

Summary

†††† A broad, aimless ensemble comedy led by Adam Sandler and featuring David Spade, Rob Schneider, Kevin James and Chris Rock that despite its commercial success marks a true low point in the careers of all involved.

†††† Audio and video are fine. The extras are a case of quantity over quality, although in some cases more amusing than the film itself.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Adam Gould (Totally Biolicious!)
Friday, January 28, 2011
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