Nick Swardson & Cheri Oteri Reunite with Sandler for 'Grown Ups 2'
For the first poor attempt at comedy that Happy Madison productions called Grown Ups (a poor man's version of The Big Chill), "Saturday Night Live" veteran Adam Sandler assembled all of his friends in comedy including Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade and Rob Schneider. Now two more collaborators from Sandler's past have come back for the wholly unnecessary sequel as Variety reports stand-up comedian Nick Swardson and Chero Oteri (another "SNL" alum) have landed supporting roles alongside Project X star Oliver Cooper and shirtless Twilight Saga star, the mannequin known as Taylor Lautner.
No plot details have come to the surface about the sequel, so we don't really know why this ragtag team of comedy misfits reunites again, but Swardson will play Schiender's brother, who drives a school bus, sometimes with a decent amount of alcohol in his system. Meanwhile, Oteri is playing a middle school ex-girlfriend of Sandler's who ends up working at a store owned by his wife (Salma Hayek is reprising her role from the first film). On one hand, each of these casting additions has plenty of talent and experience in the comedy realm, but their addition to this sequel does nothing to get me interested.
No matter how much I love Swardon's stand-up, his reputation is harmed by the fact that he's had a bit part in Sandler's films like Jack & Jill, Bedtime Stories, Just Go with It, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Don't Mess with the Zohan, and the forthcoming That's My Boy (see if you can laugh at the red band trailer right here. Meanwhile, Oteri hasn't really been much of a presence in the comedy game since her days on "SNL" in the 90's, but maybe she's looking for some sort of comeback. Frankly, I'd start with hitting up Spartan cheerleader cohort Will Ferrell who seems to be making the better comedies nowadays.