Marrieds at the Movies: 'Grown Ups 2' Proves Flatulence Is Part of a Healthy Marriage

Every Friday night, sends cinephiles (and newlyweds) Sarah and Joe Piccirillo to see a film. Afterwards, they answer a few questions about it. Below is their discussion.

Grown Ups 2

Synopsis: Adam Sandler and friends (David Spade, Chris Rock, Kevin James) reunite for more gross-out adventures in this sequel to the 2010 smash hit.


Was this a good date movie?

Sarah: If you’re the kind of couple that leaves the door open when you use the bathroom, then this is a great date movie for you.

Joe: A guy’s laughter at fart jokes is inversely proportional to his date’s romantic interest in him. This might be the perfect break-up date film.

Sarah: According to this movie, flatulence is just part of a healthy marriage.

Joe: It even ends with a sweet moment of burp snart (look it up) between the two leads.

Sarah: As they were about to have sex. Why is this OK?!

Joe: It’s a terrifying comment on the state of marriage.


Critics have lambasted this movie but audiences love it. What gives?

Sarah: Well, the critics should hate it because there’s no plot and it’s poorly done but this movie exists somewhere where you don’t need logic or follow-through to enjoy it.

Joe: I think five-year-old boys enjoy the toilet humor and the adults enjoy the back-and-forth between Sandler and his SNL friends. I believe it was Gene Siskel said that if you’re watching a movie and find that you’d rather see all of the actors having lunch together, it’s a bad film. The actors are so fun that you forgive them for making you watch a movie just to see them hang out. Except for Nick Swardson – he’s awful.

Sarah: I agree.

Joe: Where did he lose you?

Sarah: Right around, “She caught me eating a banana… with my butt.” You?

Joe: When I saw his name in the opening credits. That guy is never funny. Not even accidentally.


What surprised you?

Joe: The fact that I actually enjoyed it. They avoided any depth or cliché by supplying a series of nonstop sight gags, but I preferred that to enduring character development and personal growth. It reminded me of Sandler’s earlier, funnier films like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore. Maybe it’s simple nostalgia, but I didn’t care.   

Sarah: I agree. When you have actors with no emotional range, don’t torture the audience with dramatic scenes that would suck anyway.

Joe: Right. I don’t want to see Chris Rock’s character sit down with his daughter and discuss dating when it’s just a stupid gag -- she’s going out with a bald Urkel.  

Sarah: Or I don’t want see David Spade’s bonding scene with his newly discovered teenage son to take any longer than 60 seconds.

Joe: Kevin James’ marriage was fixed in three minutes, which is the right amount of time.

Sarah: That’s what’s comforting about it. There’s no dark underbelly.


What will you be thinking about tomorrow?

Sarah: Oh God, the pee stain.

Joe: Good old Nick Swardson. Even the little girl in front of us turned away in horror and shame during that scene.

Sarah: I think she was dry heaving. Even if you hated the rest of the movie, all of the costumes at the big '80s party sequence were worth the price of admission. Steve Buscemi as Flavor Flav? Wouldn’t have called that in 1995.

Joe: Oddly, out of all of the actors, Chris Rock seemed to have no presence or chemistry with anyone. Based on his stand-up, I expected more energy from him.



Sarah: Finally, mindless summer fun without any explosions. See it.

Joe: If you can stomach the toilet humor and Nick Swardson’s vomit-inducing antics, this is a pretty wholesome and fun movie.


Sarah and Joe are writers/editors who live in Boston. They met in a bar and married within a year. They love to argue about early Woody Allen films and old romantic comedies. They both agree to hate musicals.


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