Tuesday, April 23, 2024

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.

Roger Friedman
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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.

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