There is little grown-up about ‘Grown Ups 2’ but it will make you laugh

Chris Rock, Kevin James, Adam Sandler and David Spade about to jump off a cliff in 'Grown Ups 2'
Chris Rock, Kevin James, Adam Sandler and David Spade about to jump off a cliff in ‘Grown Ups 2’

[rating=3]Starring:  Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Salma Hayek, David Spade, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello, Nick Swardson and a whole lot of others
Writer(s):  Fred Wolf & Adam Sandler & Tim Herlihy (based on characters created by Sandler and Herlihy)
Director(s):  Dennis Dugan

Welcome to the latest meeting of the SNL alumni and the Adam Sandler acting company (some of the players are members of both groups).  This time the setting for their gathering is a sequel to one of Sandler’s earlier films.  That’s a first for Sandler, a sequel to one of his films.

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There is little real magic in ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’

Steve Carell in 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone'
Steve Carell in ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’

[rating=2]Starring:  Steve Carrell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin, Jay Mohr and Brad Garrett
Writer(s):  Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (screenplay and story); Chad Kultgen and Tyler Mitchell (story)
Director(s):  Don Scardino

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a story of friendship, magic and the power of both to astound.  It could have been a really good film.  However, like an illusion involving levitation where the wires can clearly be seen, it was ultimately less than satisfying.

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