Taylor Lautner Joining 'Grown Ups 2' Ensures Unwatchable Comedy
It's hard to believe that in the long line of disappointing Adam Sandler films in recent years that his first sequel is the gestating follow-up to Grown Ups, or as I like to call it, The Big Chill for the simple-minded. Most of the cast is returning including Sandler himself and all his chucklehead buddies like Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade along with Maya Rudolph and Salma Hayek. Project X star Oliver Cooper recently joined the cast, but now, for some strange reason, The Twilight Saga star and animated mannequin Taylor Lautner is joining the cast. I guess it's relatively funny to watch him try to act, so maybe that's the idea.
Thankfully it doesn't sound like the role is all that big, but THR says it's described as a fun turn which will have the young actor going toe-to-toe with Sandler in some fasion. It's still not clear just what kind of story will bring all these guys and their families together again, but it doesn't really matter. Cooper is the only reason I'd be interested in seeing this film at all just to see how he stands up to established (though faltering) comedic talent in the ensemble cast. Dennis Dugan is back as director so hopefully he can get Lautner to walk and talk without much effort. I might be harsh on the guy, but I would genuinely love for him to pull off a comedic performance just like Channing Tatum's turn in 21 Jump Street. We'll see.