'Grown Ups 2' Casting Call: Sequels We'd Like to See
By Harrison Pierce
This weekend’s Grown Ups 2 catches us up with the gang of misfit adults from 2010’s summer hit. We'd love to see other characters Adam Sandler and company have played on screen come back for sequels, and here's what that might look like….
Billy from Billy Madison (1995)
Although Adam Sandler is a franchise unto himself, Grown Ups 2 is surprisingly his first sequel. We’d love to see him bring back his first leading man-child character, Billy Madison. In the original, Billy was forced to repeat grades 1-12. Perhaps in the sequel, he goes back to school…to teach!
Robbie from The Wedding Singer (1998)
If not Billy, then maybe Sandler can reprise the slightly more mature -- if equally temperamental -- ‘80s wedding singer Robbie Hart from The Wedding Singer. Instead of taking place in the ‘80s, let’s see Robbie in the ‘00s, struggling to survive the wedding DJ and rise of the iPod.
Paul from Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)
After co-starring with Will Smith in Hitch and Adam Sandler in I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007), Kevin James struck out on his own and struck box office gold as mall cop Paul Blart. At the end of the first movie, Paul was asked to join the New Jersey police force. In part two, Blart should revisit his old stomping grounds on his day off and have to stop some crazy terrorist situation off-duty cop style, a la John McClane in Die Hard.
Chuck and Larry from I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007)
These two pretend life partners might be worth revisiting now that gay marriage has become legal in an increasing number of states. With the proliferation of gay weddings, perhaps there’s an increase in gay wedding-related arson crimes, forcing straight firemen Chuck and Larry to go back undercover as gay lovers to investigate!
Mays Gilliam in Head of State (2003)
This Chris Rock comedy played the concept of a black man in oval office for “fish out of water” laughs. Now that this scenario is America’s reality, how about a follow-up with Chris’s smart-ass character up for re-election against a more serious, Obama-esque competitor?
Joe in Joe Dirt (2001)
Grown Ups’ team player David Spade has had a few solo at-bats, including Joe Dirt, in which he played a white-trash janitor searching for his birth parents. In the sequel, perhaps Joe discovers that he once fathered a kid himself. Now he has to teach Joe Jr. how to properly rock acid washed jeans, concert T-shirts and a mullet.
Anita Randazzo in 54 (1998)
Okay, so the ‘70s disco drama 54 is kind of a dud. That didn’t stop Grown Ups 2 star Salma Hayek from making a fun and feisty impression as aspiring disco queen Anita Randazzo. Let’s catch up with Anita decades later as she attempts a Cher-style comeback!
Lillian in Bridesmaids (2011)
Of course, we’d love to see all of the Bridesmaids back for a sequel but the friendship between Grown Ups 2 star Maya Rudolph’s Lillian and Kristen Wiig’s Annie is what grounded this sometimes over-the-top comedy. In the sequel, let’s see Lillian and Annie feud less and bond more as bridesmaids to Melissa McCarthy’s wacky bride-to-be, Megan.
Lil in Coyote Ugly (2000)
In Grown Ups 2, Maria Bello is back as Sally, the sweet natured wife of Kevin James’ character. But we’d drink to seeing her back on screen as Coyote Ugly’s tough-talking, no-nonsense bar owner Lil.
Eddie in Just Go With It (2011)
Grown Ups 2 co-star Nick Swardson was the funniest thing in the Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston hit Just Go With It and we’d giggle at a sequel in which Swardson’s character Eddie disguises himself once more as “online sheep expert” Dolph Lundgren. Bring on sheep fight club!
Leon Phelps in The Ladies Man (2000)
Grown Ups 2’s Tim Meadows made men laugh and women swoon as self-proclaimed ladies' man Leon Phelps. In the original film, Leon’s anachronistic ‘70s attitudes and style got him into big trouble with new millennium feminists and jealous husbands. For the sequel, how about sending him back in time to his politically incorrect, ‘70s glory days.
Nick Reve in Living in Oblivion (1995) and The Real Blonde (1997)
Steve Buscemi has a habit of making oddball cameos in Adam Sandler movies like Grown Ups 2. But we’d love to see him once more as perpetually frustrated indie film director Nick Reve. If Nick thought he had it bad trying to make an art house film in the ‘90s, imagine him trying to do so today, in the era of prequels, sequels and remakes.