Adam Sandler’s ‘Grown Ups’ is the Next ‘I Love You, Man’

Well, no, not really. But that's what CinemaBlend is saying on the matter of Sandler's upcoming comedy Grown Ups. This has to be at least a small attempt to get the audience and critics alike attention on Sandler's behalf, since Lord knows that his movies such as Waterboy, Happy Gilmore and Paul Blart: Mall Cop (yes, you ignoramus, he produced that) were booed at by reviewers. Next summer should be great; Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's highly-anticipated The Green Hornet is finally released June 25th. Oh no, wait, July 9th. That's at least what Variety is saying, that Green Hornet is being delayed to make room for Sony's Grown Ups, starring Sandler, David Spade, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph and a whole mess of other stars. So now Grown Ups is being released into theaters on June 25th, not the previously announced March 12th. Guesses are that the studio wants the comedy to be the next Hangover, not Observe and Report or I Love You, Man. And who wouldn't, The Hangover near passing the $200 million mark domestic and already crossing it worldwide. Todd Phillips' hit is now in the Marvel zone, for Christ's sake; everyone is scrambling to come up with something like it!

The only man who could be scruffier than Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow combined has been PG-13 material his whole comedic career, but he's hoping to break away from that area into R-rated comedy, leading Apatow's Funny People, out July 31st. But his silly antics like tipping over a port-o-potty and speaking in a funny voice won't cut it in the wealthy world of restricted comedies. It'll be cool to see how Sandler will handle his surrounding in People. This change might be for the better, movies like Knocked Up, Wedding Crashers, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Step Brothers all majorly successful and all opened in the summertime season. Hell, I still quote some of these to this day! Obviously, this is what Sandler wants. He really hasn't had a hit movie that he's starred in, produced and written since 2002's Eight Crazy Nights and America might be ready to break up with him. But Sandler is ready to bounce back. He's also written and is currently producing in addition to Grown Ups a movie called Born to Be a Star, about a Midwestern kid who moves to Hollywood to become a porn star, which has some serious 'R' potential. Sandler also said to the cast of Star that he'll get naked for the nude scenes of the movie as well as the rest of the cast.

He wants, nay, needs to get back in the movie game. This guy needs a hit, bad. However carrying David Spade (who, let's face it, hasn't been funny since Just Shoot Me), Chris Rock and buddy Schneider could pose as a problem for the movie. But Maya Rudolph is just jumping onto the big screen, unlike Sandler. She's just gotten off Saturday Night Live after 9 years and recently starred in Sam Mendes' sleeper Away We Go (which was awesome, by the way). Could Rudolph save Adam's summer comedy, or can he carry his own weight; could it really be another Hangover; and how are Rogen and Goldberg feeling about all this? Move over Green Hornet, it's time for the guys who have seen ups and downs before you guys even existed in Hollywood's turn, the big boys! Or, in this case, the Grown Ups.

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