It wasn't until this moment that I realized that, despite starring in at least one movie a year for last decade or so, Sandler has never actually followed up any of the Happy Madison vehicles in which he plays a lead role with a sequel. So Grown Ups might end up being the first Sandler franchise. It's not terribly surprising that he'd choose the 2010 movie to sequelize since, even more than many other of his efforts, Grown Ups felt like a bunch of funny people just hanging out. Also, it's his second highest-grossing movie, having earned a whopping $271.4 million globally.
In the sequel, Sandler's Lenny Feder moves his family back to his hometown where, on the last day of school, the increasingly insecure adults learn valuable life lessons from their adorable children. Having dipped his toes into the raunchy, R-rated waters with last summer's That's My Boy, it seems safe to say Sandler will err on the side of family friendliness for awhile.
This first official image suggests that, like its predecessor, Grown Ups 2 will involve lots of laughing in a splendiforous summer setting. Also lots of perfect teeth. Look at those smiles.
Dennis Dugan, director of the original, returns to once again collaborate with his leading man from *inhales deeply before spitting these out rapidfire* Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, You Don't Mess With the Zohan, Just Go With It, and Jack and Jill.
In addition to the actors smiling away in the first official image, the cast of Grown Ups 2 includes Steve Buscemi, Nick Swardson, Taylor Lautner, Alexander Ludwig, Allen Covert, Milo Ventimiglia, Shaquille O'Neill, and Erin Heatherton. There are also a tremendous number of former or current Saturday Night Live castmembers here, not counting the three seen above. In roles large and small, we've got Maya Rudolph, Will Forte, Bobby Moynihan, Tim Meadows, Colin Quinn, Taran Killam, Paul Brittain, and Jon Lovitz.
Grown Ups 2 arrives in theaters on July 12th, when it will go head to head with Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim.
And now, let's enjoy a moment from Billy Madison: