Hail, hail, the Grown Ups gang’s all here. Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and the rest of the crew are hard at work on a sequel to the immensely successful comedy. Grown Ups 2 will be in theaters this summer, with original director Dennis Dugan (Jack & Jill, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan) back behind the lens. Sony Pictures starts to rev up the publicity machine with a shot of the cast in mid-laugh. Can a trailer be far behind? Here’s the shot. Click here for a larger copy.



Do you have any idea how much the first Grown Ups movie made? Do you? Whatever your guess, it’s probably low. The comedy made $162 million domestically, and a grand total of $271 million worldwide. It’s currently Adam Sandler’s second-highest-grossing comedy behind Big Daddy, and was the 15th-highest-grossing film of 2010. A sequel was unavoidable. This time out, Sandler and his wife (played by Salma Hayek, of course) move the family back to Sandler’s home town, where the clan learns some valuable life lessons from the children on the last day of school. And David Spade likely gets raped by a farm animal, or some such hilarity.

I want to make fun of Grown Ups, and Sandler, but the dude understands his audience, and people respond. I’ll never forget riding on a cross-country flight where Grown Ups was the in-flight movie. I didn’t pay attention, partly because I’d seen it but mostly because it’s forgettable. But my plane was in stitches. I’d never heard an entire plane of passengers chortle simultaneously as low-brow gags. They’ll be in line when Grown Ups 2 storms theaters on July 12, opening opposite Pacific Rim. Don’t be shocked if Sandler and crew win the weekend box office.

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