GROWN UPS 2 (Dennis Dugan). 101 minutes. Opens Friday (July 12). See listing. Rating: N
When an appearance by Taylor Lautner is the high point in your movie, it's time to step aside.
In Grown Ups 2, Adam Sandler's latest repackaging of old gags, the Twilight star shows up as an overzealous frat boy who intimidates Sandler and his ilk with a series of roundhouses and backflips, insisting they get off his turf.
I'm siding with Lautner's frat boy. In a summer of mind-numbing duds flooding multiplexes, there's simply no room for Sandler and his posse (Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade) to be loitering on screen as adults playing hooky (art imitates life), milking money from helpless audiences.
The jokes are aimless, contrived and often lack punchlines. Sandler could very well have scribbled the script on the back of the cheque he and his co-writers were given in advance to produce a sequel, any sequel - just a movie with the number two in it - which happens to be the number of times you will laugh.