Sandler stars in his very first sequel, which he also produced and co-wrote. He's moved his family back to his hometown, and now he's back with all of his childhood friends...and Taylor Lautner.
Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade in a horrible toupee are all back for round two. The goal here is not to take home an Oscar, it's just to give you a few laughs. And on that level, you will laugh.
There are several jokes that miss with a thud, but since they just keep on coming, it's likely you'll find something you find funny, either from the guys or from the women in their lives.
I watched this movie knowing critics who'd seen it already hadn't been very kind. But Adam Sandler has never made a movie seeking the approval of critics. He just wants you to have a little fun and escape for a little. I can't knock him for that.
This isn't his best movie - and it's not his worst. It's sometimes silly, often sophomoric and occasionally just stupid.
So, to see or not to see? That is the question.
For a younger crowd not looking for Shakespeare, Sandler will probably do just fine. The kids in the film are, for the most part, amusing, especially the twins who share the role of playing Kevin James' son. I think I laughed the most from that character.
Also fun to see is veteran comic Norm Crosby, and the always adorable Georgia Engel, who played Georgette on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."