Grown Ups 2 is considered a Buddy comedy. You can tell that the cast has a great time making the film. As will any Happy Madison production (Adam Sandler's company) you can expect some raunchy humor. The first joke really opens up with deer pee spraying all over.... and then it does improve for a bit in humor as I myself do not find that overly hilarious especially for how long they drag the set out for. Unfortunately we had to miss out on Rob Schneider's character due to scheduling conflicts, making this one of a very few Sandler movies to not feature at least a cameo by Rob. It did not do very well critically and was nominated for 9 Raspberry awards which to include Worst Movie of the year. The original Grown Ups was focused on friend recounting their school basketball championship, while this one is based largely around Lenny (Sandler's character) having moved back to his hometown and just the every day life antics and marital/parental themes that they encounter. All with the Sandler twist to life of course.
The film definitely features an all-star cast looking to be funny in the classic Adam Sandler style:
Lenny Feder played by Adam Sandler (SNL, Big Daddy, Happy Gilmore, 50 First Dates, Spanglish)
Eric Lamensoff played by Kevin James (King of Queens, Hitch, Everybody Loves Raymond)
Kurt McKenzie played by Chris Rock (SNL, In Living Color, Down to Earth, Bad Company)
Marcus Higgins played by David Spade (Just Shoot Me, Tommy Boy, 8 Simple Rules, SNL)
Roxanne (Lenny's wife) played by Salma Hayek (Frida, Desperado, Ugly Betty, 30 Rock, Bandidas)
Deanne (Kurts wife) played by Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids, Chicago Hope, Idiocracy, SNL)
Sally (Eric's wife) played by Maria Bello (History of Violence, Coyote Ugly, ER, Payback)
You will also find cameos from Nick Swardson, Steve Buscemi, Colin Quinn, Tim Meadows, Jon Lovitz, Steve Austin, Shaquille O'neal, Taylor Lautner, Andy Samberg, etc.
Overall I give this movie 3.5 stars. It is a classic Sandler film, not his greatest but not his worst and as with any of his films, you can find enjoyment in the fact that you know that everyone on set is having a good time. I did wish that we got to see more of the hilarious kids as we did in the first installment but this one seemed more focused on the adults. It was worth a watch to be entertained, but not something that you would watch a bunch of times. It tried to mix the crude humor with a more mature look at life and it didn't mix as well because the crude seemed a bit far fetched for the now older age of the actors and the mature was more mature and enlightening than usual which made the difference stand out starkly. Still if you are a Sandler fan you won't be disappointed. There is also some buzz about a third one in the works for a possible 2015 release.
Here is the official site for the movie: Grown Ups 2