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“Grown Ups” is Progressive Kryptonite

Posted on June 27 2010 10:00 pm

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If there is any film that is a guaranteed pan from critics it’s one with either Saturday Night Live alumni, family values, or both. Grown Ups gives us a dose of former SNL cast members as well as a healthy amount of the pro-American, pro-family images that drives leftists crazy. In other words, this film is kryptonite to progressive critics.

There is nothing more telling of the divide between critics and viewers than the 10% approval rating of Grown Ups on the Rotten Tomatoes review aggregator site. Most notably with comedy, the snob-o-meter seems to be at an all time high with many of today’s critics. It seems as if the film is not an artsy Wes Anderson comedy it must be useless and juvenile. This kind of criticism is usually the mark of a spineless progressive review.

Grown Ups is about five childhood friends who won a basketball championship when they were 12 years old and are brought back together when their beloved coach passes away. The memorable basketball game only ties the beginning of the film to the end, the rest deals with the relationship between the friends and families that are brought together. While there is no central plot, it is the big picture that is important. Like many of Adam Sandler’s films, importance of traditional values plays a pivotal role.

Lenny (Adam Sandler) is a Hollywood agent, married to Roxanne (Salma Hayek), who has noticed that his kids are so spoiled and disconnected from the real world they might be missing out on more important things. Eric (Kevin James) is trying to hide his mess of a career from his friends. Kurt (Chris Rock) is a stay at home dad and Rob (Rob Schneider) is an alternative lifestyle enthusiast. Marcus (David Spade) is the friend we all have who is still living through his high school glory days.

The film takes place over the Fourth of July and has just the right amount of patriotism imbedded, including a shot of a flag rising that has many critics’ panties in a bunch. After all, it’s the Fourth of July, what do they expect? I’m sure they didn’t like seeing Adam Sandler on Fox and Friends with a American flag on his shirt, after all, how many stars do you see go on Fox News wearing an American flag logo?

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