This is the first sequel Adam Sandler is working in and did it have to be so irredeemably bad? Its 100-minute running time felt like an unending stream of bad jokes involving bodily functions… and never mind. Sandler was fun and his political incorrectness had a cheerful anarchy to it. This sequel to the 2010 film feels so loose and haphazardly thrown together that sitting through it is an intolerable cruelty.
Lenny, the Hollywood hotshot, has come home to Connecticut to be with his friends and on the last day of school learns important things about home, family and community. There is an insane urinating deer, wicked frat boys, a thug boy who chops off teddy’s head, naked dives into the pool and a schizophrenic school bus driver.
The Eighties style party at the end was a welcome diversion — it was nice to recognise all our idols, including Indiana Jones and the artiste formerly known as Prince. Taylor Lautner (he is Jacob the werewolf in the Twilight movies) as frat boy has some fun. And there is also Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son Patrick as a frat boy. Rob Schneider, a regular in Adam Sandler films, is conspicuous by his absence. Somewhere in the movie, Sandler as Lenny says, “I don’t see any of these conversations working out.” It could have been said about the whole film.
Director: Dennis Dugan
Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello, Nick Swardson
Storyline: Lenny comes home and learns life lessons on the last day of school
Bottomline: The all-star comedic cast cannot rescue this decidedly unfunny film