Back to their old summer lodge they go, along with several impossibly attractive wives – the breast-feeding Maria Bello; a quietly dominating Maya Rudolph; high-strung fashion fiend Salma Hayek Pinault (who?) – plus a swarm of carefully written kids destined to wise up in the great outdoors. No viewer goes into this movie expecting John Cassavetes’s ‘Husbands’, least of all from soft-serve director Denis Dugan (‘You Don’t Mess with the Zohan’). But would it have been such a crushing blow to these stars’ egos if they’d accommodated a little honest anxiety, instead of the typical lake-rope-swinging mishaps and an inevitable Steve Buscemi cameo? Telegraphed down to the final shot of a basketball contest, ‘Grown Ups’ suggests a mask being torn off to reveal another one: the male fantasy of cheerleader spouse, well-adjusted kids and expanding waistline.
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