Home Celebrity Stupidity Pays: Adam Sandler’s Totally Panned “Grown Ups 2” is Number 1

Never underestimate the stupidity of the American public. Someone said that. Last night the worst reviewed movie of the year, universally panned by everyone who writes about film, finished at number 1 at the box office. Adam Sandler’s “Grown Ups 2” took in over $16 million. It beat the highly praised “Pacific Rim” and the animation hit “Despicable Me 2.” How is it possible that Sandler’s meandering, coarse tripe could still make it to number 1? Is the audience drugged? Are they escapees from mental institutions? Do they have endless amounts of disposable income? Anyway, we’ll see how “Grown Ups 2” does the rest of the weekend. But no one who went to that movie last night can complain about not having money for anything. You wasted it on this.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
3 replies to this post
  1. Reminds me of years ago (early 80s) when the comedy Porkys was trashed by every critic in the country. But I never laughed so hard in my life at a movie. It was an enjoyable communal experience with the rest of the people watching. We all had a ball. Sometimes the critics just don’t get it.

  2. I thought the movie was really funny! The kids in the audience enjoyed as I, an adult, did. People kept on laughing through out the entire movie. Every part that there was something funny people through out the audience were busting a gut laughing out loud. I would recommend this movie to any body with young kids in the family and then recommend it to junior high and high school students. There was even a large amount of college students in the theatre laughing just as much as anybody else.

    Adam Sandler’s first movie “Grown Ups” was a huge hit with the everybody the first go around! Why are you shocked that theatre was packed to watch his second movie? I, and others had to come back for the second night movie at 9:20 because it was sold out, not what I had planned, but I really just had to see that movie.

    I had only talked to one person that had wanted to see Pacific Rim and they had wished that they would have gone to “Grown Ups 2.” I am glad that I went to go see it!

  3. Geez, Roger! I understand the IQ of all Americans is not a skyrocketing figure, but to trash your audience by citing the “stupidity of the American public” is going a little too far, especially for someone who has made his living off Americans. Yes, the film is silly fun. Everything can’t be a Terrence Malick moment.

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