Blended is a 2014 American romantic comedy film directed by Frank Coraci, written by Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera. It stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, with an ensemble cast featuring Bella Thorne, Emma Fuhrmann, Terry Crews, Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kevin Nealon and Shaquille O'Neal. South African cricketer Dale Steyn played a cameo as himself, it was released on May 23, 2014. The film marked the third time Sandler and Barrymore co-starred in a film together, after The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates. Coraci previously directed Sandler and Barrymore in The Wedding Singer, it marked Sandler's first role in a Warner Bros. film. Divorcee Lauren Reynolds goes on a blind date with widower Jim Friedman at Hooters. Lauren talks at work to her friend Jen about the experience. Jim discusses his date with his co-worker, they both agree in the separate discussions. Lauren and Jim run into each other while on errands to the pharmacy to get a personal item for one of their own children, they attempt to switch between themselves.
The cashier mistakenly switches their credit cards. Jim attempts to sort out the mess by going over to Lauren's house to exchange the credit cards. Jen is at Lauren's and has broken up with her boyfriend Dick, Jim's boss, although they had paid for a trip to Africa. Lauren commits to using Jen's portion of the holiday without knowing that Jim intends using Dick's, or that the hotel accommodation is for a romantic suite; the families are put together for a "blended familymoon", where they get together with other couples, including the oversexed Eddy and Ginger, Eddy's new bride and quite his junior to the chagrin of their teenage son Jake, whom Jim's oldest daughter Hilary develops a crush on at first sight. The kids make an awkward impression with each other, with Brendan calling his mom "hot," and the others not knowing how to react to Espn acting like her mom is there with her, as she is not ready to let go of her quite yet. Over time though, they begin to bond with each other's parent. Jim makes the boys happy by helping them with adventurous sports, they warm up to him seeing him as a father figure they needed, while Lauren takes care of the girls, helps Hilary to change her tomboyish look into a more feminine one drawing the attention of Jake, who becomes her boyfriend.
Jim is pleasantly surprised by her change of appearance and he and Lauren begin to warm up to each other as time passes. They inadvertently have fun with each other. Afterwards, the girls prove their affection for Lauren. Lauren does so and sings "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," which, unknown to her, was the song Lou's mom used to sing; the other girls pretend to sleep, while realizing how much they love Lauren. She returns this feeling. Jim starts to realize the depth of his feelings for Lauren. On the last night of the trip, Lauren puts on a beautiful black dress, she receives admiration from everyone. While the children are pulled away for a kids-only buffet, Jake smiles at Ginger, causing her to tearfully tell Eddy how happy she is, them to agree that they are going to be a beautiful family. Meanwhile and Lauren are sat down for a romantic dinner, which Lauren soon discovers was planned by Jim for her, they chat about basic parenting techniques and pull in for a kiss. After returning home, Jim realizes he misses Lauren and that he's fallen in love with her, which he admits to his daughters who are ecstatic with the news.
Although Espn is not ready to move on from her mother's passing, she doesn't want her dad, or herself to lose Lauren. She starts to move on by telling her dad that her mom said that she had other things to do in Heaven and wouldn't be around as much. At the kids' behest, Jim goes to Lauren's house to give her flowers, only to find her ex-husband Mark there, pretending to be back with Lauren. Tyler gets excited to see Jim and wants to play ball, but Jim sadly leaves and Mark bails on his son again. Mark tries to make a move on Lauren, but she refuses because of his continuous failure to be a good father, as well as having an affair with his receptionist during their marriage; that following Saturday and Brendan go to support Tyler at his game, along with Jen, whom Jen has worked things out with, his kids. Mark, once again, is a no-show. Jim and his daughters arrive to show encouragement, inspiring Tyler to hit the ball. Jim finds Lauren and they admit to wanting to be together, they kiss, to the happiness of their kids, who realize that they are a family.
The Friedman-Reynolds FamilyAdam Sandler as Jim Friedman Drew Barrymore as Lauren Reynolds, Jim’s 2nd wife Bella Thorne as Hilary "Larry" Friedman, Jim’s daughter and Lauren’s stepdaughter Braxton Beckham as Brendan Reynolds, Lauren’s son and Jim’s stepson Emma Fuhrmann as Espn Friedman, Jim’s daughter and Lauren’s stepdaughter Kyle Red Silverstein as Tyler Reynolds, Lauren’s son and Jim’s stepson Alyvia Alyn Lind as Louise "Lou" Friedman, Jim’s daughter and Lauren’s stepdaughter OthersTerry Crews as Nickens Kevin Nealon as Eddy Warnick Jessica Lowe as Ginger Warnick, Eddy’s wife Zak Henri as Jake Warnick, Eddy & Ginger’s son Alexis Arquette as Georgina Allen Covert as 220 Tom Wendi McLendon-Covey as Jen Palmer Shaquille O'Neal as Doug Abdoulaye N'Gom as Mfana Joel McHale as Mark
Billy Madison is a 1995 American comedy film directed by Tamra Davis. It stars Adam Sandler, Bradley Whitford, Bridgette Wilson, Norm Macdonald, in his feature film debut and Darren McGavin; the film was written by Sandler and Tim Herlihy, produced by Robert Simonds. It debuted at number one at the box office; the film received negative reviews from critics. Billy Madison is the 27-year-old heir to a Fortune 500 hotel company that his father, founded, he spends his days creating disturbances across his father's estate. One day, Billy ruins a dinner meeting between his associates by acting obnoxiously. Brian chooses the conniving Eric Gordon as his successor; when Billy begs his father to reconsider his decision, Brian reveals that he secretly bribed Billy's school teachers to give him passing grades. The two compromise: Billy must complete all 12 grades in two-week intervals to prove he is competent enough to manage the company. Shortly after enrolling into school, Billy becomes attracted to a teacher named Veronica Vaughn, who ignores him.
Billy progresses through his first two grades. He finds himself as one of Veronica's students in the third grade and earns her respect by standing up for Ernie, his friend and classmate. Billy misses them as he advances through school. Billy's progress alarms Eric, who becomes agitated as Billy completes each grade. Eric blackmails principal Max Anderson into claiming that Billy bribed him for passing grades, with pictures of Anderson's previous career as a masked wrestler who accidentally killed a man in the ring. Brian swiftly renames Eric as his successor. Billy reverts to his carefree lifestyle. Veronica motivates him to return to school, while his grade school classmates convince Max to retract his bribery accusations. Brian agrees to give Billy another chance but Eric cites that Billy failed the challenge by taking more than two weeks to complete a grade, he threatens to sue Brian if he does not pass the company onto him. Billy intervenes and challenges Eric to an academic decathlon to settle their feud with the winner getting to run the company.
Both men excel in different activities but Billy manages to take a single-point lead before the contest's final event, a Jeopardy!-style academic test. Billy stumbles on the opening question in the event, Eric is given the chance to win the contest by answering a question about business ethics. Eric, being a unscrupulous businessman, cannot conceive of an answer and breaks down, he brandishes a revolver. Eric recovers from the attack and attempts to shoot Veronica, but he is shot by Danny McGrath, a rifle-wielding madman whom Billy apologized to earlier for bullying him. At his graduation ceremony, Billy announces he will pass the hotel business to Carl Alphonse, one of his father's more polite businessmen, attend college in order to become a teacher. Eric watches fumes in frustration over Billy's decision. On the film review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 40% based on 47 reviews, with an average rating of 4.7/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Audiences who enjoy Adam Sandler's belligerent comic energy may find him in joyously obnoxious form as Billy Madison, but this thinly-plotted starring vehicle surrounds its star with an aggressively pedestrian movie."
On Metacritic gives the film a weighted average score of 16 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "overwhelming dislike". Richard Schickel panned the film, calling it "one of the most execrable movies made". Peter Rainer of the Los Angeles Times commented. On At the Movies, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert both gave the film thumbs down, Roger Ebert said of Sandler, "... Not an attractive screen presence, he might have a career as a villain or a fall guy or the butt of a joke, but as the protagonist his problem is he creates the fingernails on the blackboard." Gene Siskel added "...you don't have a good motivation for the character's behavior". Owen Gleiberman panned the film, saying "By the end, you feel like a drill sergeant—you want to wipe that stupid grin off Sandler's face". Rita Kempley of The Washington Post said the film was trying to be "A more kid-friendly version of'Dumb and Dumber.' And there's a moral:'Yahoo for education,' though the movie doesn't put any muscle behind it."Janet Maslin of The New York Times gave the film a mixed review, saying "It succeeds as a reasonably smart no-brainer.
If you've had a yearning to relive the third grade, this must be the next best thing." Brian Lowry of Variety gave the film a mixed review, saying "There are a few bursts of sheer, irresistible idiocy—along the lines of'Wayne's World' or even'Pee-wee's Big Adventure'—but not enough to sustain the more arid stretches."Billy Mowbray of Film4 gave the film a positive review, writing: "When you get that Sandler's comedic persona is meant to be annoying, like Beavis and Butthead or Cartman, the laughs come thick and fast". Kevin N. Laforest said, "Okay, the plot is inane, but it's the basis of a series of funny scenes." Songs featured in the film"I'll Tumble 4 Ya" by Culture Club "Beat on the Brat" by The Ramones "ABC" by The Jackson 5 "I'm Not the One" by The Cars "The Stroke" by Billy Squier "Telephone Line" by Electric Light Orchestra "Renegade" by Styx "Old John Braddelum" by Sharon, Lois & Bram Billy Madison at AllMovie Billy Madison on IMDb Billy Madison at the TCM Movie Database
The Animal is a 2001 American comedy film, starring Rob Schneider, Colleen Haskell, Michael Caton, John C. McGinley. Schneider plays Marvin Mange, a man, critically injured but unknown to him he is put back together by a mad scientist who transplants animal parts, resulting in strange permanent changes to his behavior. Marvin Mange is an clumsy nice-guy who dreams of being a police officer like his dad was, he continuously attempts to pass the physical test to become a full-fledged police officer, but despite his repeated attempts, he is unable to finish the obstacle course. Marvin gets mistreated by heartless and sleazy Sgt. Sisk, he works in the police station as an evidence clerk. One day, while alone at the station, he receives a robbery call. With no other officers responding to the call, he attempts to take it himself but ends up driving off the road, tumbling down a mountain and injuring himself; when the car comes to a stop, he passes out. Days Marvin returns to his normal life with no memory of what had happened.
He's full of life. He can outrun horses, mean dogs are now scared of him, he does not need his asthma medicine, he thinks it is due to his late-night TV purchase of "Badger Milk", guaranteed in the ads to make him stronger. One day at the park, Marvin meets Rianna, his animal-like tendencies are taking him over. When a frisbee is thrown in his direction, he cannot control himself, he jumps to catch it in his mouth, he goes to the airport to talk to Miles the security guard about his problem. While there, Marvin sniffs out a man trying to hide heroin in his rectum. For uncovering a drug smuggler, Marvin is made a full-fledged police officer; as days go by, Marvin's animal instincts are becoming stronger. He wakes up in strange places, subsequently, hears about animal attacks that occurred in the middle of the night; because of these attacks, Dr. Wilder believes; the mad scientist confronts him, takes him to his laboratory, explains about the grafts and transplants that saved Marvin's life and gave him remarkable animal powers with certain troublesome side effects.
At a party thrown by the Mayor, Marvin chases after a cat and destroys everything around him and is fired on the spot. During his reprimand, he hears something, jumps into the nearby lake and rescues the mayor's son using powers derived from a sea lion and a dolphin, he is swiftly reinstated. Chief Wilson questions Marvin about the late-night attacks on farm animals because one of the witnesses made a police sketch, it looks like Marvin. Rianna goes to Marvin's house, they spend the night together. In the morning, he finds; the police show up outside. Another attack had happened that night, the police have come for Marvin. Rianna convinces him to run. Marvin escapes to the woods. While running through the woods, Marvin finds Dr. Wilder; the scientist tells him that there was another "patient" of his, out of control, he is in the woods looking for it. Sergeant Sisk is about to shoot him; the other "animal" jumps from a tree and attacks Sisk. The beast is Rianna. Now, the crowd finds them both together but Miles is there and takes the blame for everything.
He has been claiming that there is reverse racism towards him since he's black and no one wants to hold him accountable for anything. Sure enough, once the mob thinks a black man was responsible, they don't leave. Marvin and Rianna have a litter of children that each look like Marvin. While watching television, they see Dr. Wilder win the Nobel Prize, he says he owes it all to his fiancée, the same woman from the Badger Milk commercial. When she turns around to kiss him, there are large scars shown on her back, implying that Wilder performed the experiment on her as well. Rob Schneider as Marvin Mange Colleen Haskell as Rianna John C. McGinley as Sgt. Doug Sisk Guy Torry as Miles Ed Asner as Chief Wilson Michael Caton as Dr. Wilder Louis Lombardi as Fatty Norm Macdonald as Mob Member John Farley as Other Mob Adam Sandler as Townie Sebastian Jude as Lost Boy Charlie Stewart as The Evidence Room Kid #1 Philip Daniel Bolden as The Evidence Room Kid #2 Ron Rogge as Patrolman JaworskiWes Takahashi, former animator and visual effects supervisor for Industrial Light & Magic, makes a cameo appearance as a news reporter.
The Animal debuted on June 1, 2001, grossing $19.6 million U. S. in its opening weekend. With a production budget of $47 million, the movie grossed $84,772,742 internationally; this film received negative reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 30% based on 83 reviews. Metacritic gave the film a score of 43% based on reviews from 22 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade B+. Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times called it "An outrageous and imaginative summer comedy." Robert Koehler of Variety magazine wrote: "The Animal is never more nor less than stupid, but stupid in ways that deliver goofiness rather than rampant humiliation." Peter Travers of Rolling Stone described it as "an Adam Sandler reject" and wondered how this "raunchy innuendo wrapped in a PG-13 rating" got past the censors. Rob Schneider was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Actor of the Decade for his perfor
Robert Bruce Simonds Jr. is an American film producer and the founder, chairman and CEO of STX Entertainment, which creates, distributes and markets film, digital media, live events and virtual reality. The company bridges the gap between the US, with additional partnerships around the globe. According to The Wall Street Journal, in its first four years, Simonds more than tripled the company's valuation to an estimated US$3.5 billion. In September 2017, it was reported that STX Entertainment may be close to an initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. In April 2018, the company announced. Prior to STX, Simonds was an independent film producer whose over 30 films have generated more than $6 billion in worldwide box office revenue. Simonds was born in Phoenix, the son of Robert Bruce Simonds Sr. a businessman. He graduated from Yale University. From 1990 to 2012, Simonds produced over 30 Hollywood studio films, including the Adam Sandler films Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, Big Daddy and The Waterboy.
Simonds has produced a number of highly-profitable cult films, including Joe Dirt and Half Baked. Based on his producing credits, Simonds has had the single best studio track record for profitability on his films. In 2012, Simonds and Bill McGlashan and managing partner of private equity firm TPG Growth, began conceptualizing and building a film and multimedia company that would make and distribute star-driven, commercial content to be distributed worldwide. In 2014, STX Entertainment was formally launched with financing led by TPG Growth, the company secured investments from Chinese private equity firm Hony Capital and other individuals including Gigi Pritzker and William "Beau" Wrigley, Jr. II. Serving as chairman and CEO of STX, Simonds hired entertainment industry veterans to build his executive team including former Viacom Entertainment Group COO Thomas B. McGrath and former CEO of Crest Animation Noah Fogelson. Former Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson and former Disney and Fox production and marketing chief Oren Aviv soon followed.
Discovery Communications' former CFO Andrew Warren and former Paramount Pictures and Condé Nast communications head Patricia Röckenwagner joined the executive team. The company has multiple divisions: film, which includes family content. In 2016, the company received additional investment from Chinese Internet company Tencent and Hong Kong-based telecommunications company PCCW, East West Bank's chairman and CEO Dominic Ng. In 2017, the world's largest international television and broadband company Liberty Global invested an undisclosed amount in the company. Funds from that round of financing will be used to continue to build STX Entertainment's TV division, further expand internationally and make acquisitions. STX Entertainment's Board of Directors is composed of investors and industry veterans including: Simonds, McGlashan, David Bonderman, John Zhao, Gigi Pritzker, Janice Lee, Tracy Cui, Frank Biondi, Dominic Ng, Carmen Chang, Bruce Mann. At launch, the film division of STX focused its efforts on creating a new model.
Rather than pursuing the traditional distribution process, the company secured direct distribution agreements with North American theater chains AMC, Cinemark, Marcus Theatres and Carmike Cinemas. In early 2015, the company signed a multi-year television output agreement to release films to Showtime Networks and its multiplex channels Showtime, TMC and Flix, covering STX theatrical releases through 2019. In April 2015, the company entered a multi-year partnership with Universal Studios Home Entertainment for Universal to handle marketing and distribution services for Blu-ray, DVD and VOD platforms for STX theatrical titles in North America; that same month, STXfilms closed a three-year slate deal with Huayi Brothers, one of China's largest film studios, enabling the companies to co-produce and co-distribute 12 to 15 films annually. In 2015, STXfilms acquired its first film at the Toronto International Film Festival, purchasing the worldwide rights to Hardcore Henry for $10 million USD. In January 2017, STXfilms signed a three-year marketing and distribution agreement with Luc Besson's EuropaCorp Films USA to release their upcoming slate of films.
STXfilms projects have included Bad Moms. STXfilms has announced The Happytime Murders starring Melissa McCarthy.
Culver City, California
Culver City is a city in Los Angeles County, California. The city was named after Harry Culver; as of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 38,883. It is surrounded by the city of Los Angeles, but shares a border with unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Over the years, it has annexed more than 40 pieces of adjoining land and now comprises about five square miles. Since the 1920s, Culver City has been a center for motion picture and television production, best known as the home of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios. From 1932 to 1986, it was the headquarters for the Hughes Aircraft Company. National Public Radio West and Sony Pictures Entertainment have headquarters in the city; the NFL Network studio is based in Culver City. Archaeological evidence suggests a human presence in the area of present-day Culver City since at least 8,000 BC; the region was the homeland of the Tongva-Gabrieliño Native Americans. The city was founded on the lands of the former Rancho La Ballona, Rancho Rincon de los Bueyes, Rancho La Cienega o Paso de la Tijera.
In 1861, during the American Civil War, Camp Latham was established by the 1st California Infantry under Col. James H. Carleton and the 1st California Cavalry under Lt. Col. Benjamin F. Davis. Named for California Senator Milton S. Latham, the camp was the first staging area for the training of Union troops and their operations in Southern California, it was located on land of the Rancho La Ballona, on the South side of Ballona Creek, near what is now the intersection of Jefferson and Overland Boulevards. The post was moved to Camp Drum, which became the Drum Barracks. Harry Culver first attempted to establish Culver City in 1913; the first film studio in Culver City was built by Thomas Ince in 1918. Silent film comedy producer Hal Roach built his studios there in 1919, Metro Goldwyn Mayer in the'20s. During Prohibition and nightclubs such as the Cotton Club lined Washington Boulevard. Culver Center, one of Southern California's first shopping malls, was completed in 1950 on Venice Boulevard near the Overland Avenue intersection.
Many other retail stores, including a Rite Aid and several banks and restaurants, have occupied the center since then. Hughes Aircraft opened its Culver City plant in July 1941. There the company built the H-4 Hercules transport. Hughes was an active subcontractor in World War II, it developed and patented a flexible feed chute for faster loading of machine guns on B-17 bombers, manufactured electric booster drives for machine guns. Hughes produced more ammunition belts than any other American manufacturer, built 5,576 wings and 6,370 rear fuselage sections for Vultee BT-13 trainers. Hughes grew after the war, in 1953 Howard Hughes donated all his stock in the company to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. After he died in 1976, the institute sold the company, which made it the second-best-endowed medical research foundation in the world; the Hal Roach Studios were demolished in 1963. In the late 1960s, much of the MGM backlot acreage, the nearby 28.5-acre of the RKO Forty Acres, once owned by RKO Pictures and Desilu Productions, were sold by their owners.
In 1976 the sets were razed to make way for redevelopment. Today the RKO site is the southern expansion of the Hayden Industrial Tract, while the MGM property has been converted to a subdivision and a shopping center known as Raintree Plaza. In the 1990s, Culver City launched a successful revitalization program in which it renovated its downtown as well as several shopping centers in the Sepulveda Boulevard corridor near Westfield Culver City. Around the same time, Sony's motion picture subsidiary, Columbia Pictures, moved into the old MGM lot; the influx of many art galleries and restaurants to the eastern part of the city, formally designated the Culver City Art District, prompted The New York Times in 2007 to praise the new art scene and call Culver City a "nascent Chelsea."In 2012 Roger Vincent of the Los Angeles Times said that, according to local observers, the city's "reputation as a pedestrian-friendly destination with upscale restaurants, gastropubs and a thriving art scene is less than a decade old."
Hundreds of movies have been produced on the lots of Culver City's studios: Sony Pictures Studios, Culver Studios, the former Hal Roach Studios. These include The Wizard of Oz, The Thin Man, Gone with the Wind, the Tarzan series, the original King Kong. More recent films made in Culver City include Grease, Raging Bull, E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial, City Slickers, Air Force One, Wag the Dog and Contact. Television series made on Culver City sets have included Las Vegas, Cougar Town, Mad About You, Hogan's Heroes, The Green Hornet, Arrested Development, The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle, U. S. M. C. Jeopardy!, The Nanny, Hell's Kitchen, MasterChef, the syndicated version of Wheel of Fortune and Tosh. O; the television series The Green Hornet featured Bruce Lee as Kato. John Travolta's "Stranded at the Drive-In" sequence in Grease was filmed at the Studio Drive-In on the corner of Jefferson and Sepulveda, it served as a set including Pee-wee's Big Adventure. The theatre was closed in 1993 and demolished in 1998.
Culver City's streets have been featured in television series. Since much of the
The Shortcut is a 2009 American horror film directed by Nicholaus Goossen and written by Dan Hannon and Scott Sandler. The film's plot centers on two brothers who discover a used shortcut and learn its dark secret; the film stars Shannon Woodward, Dave Franco and Katrina Bowden. Hannon and Sandler developed the screenplay in 2008 for Scary Madison, the newly formed horror division of Happy Madison Productions, the production company of comedian Adam Sandler, Leomax, who financed and coproduced the film. Released in North America by Leomax on September 29, 2009, the film received mixed to favorable reviews, was a commercial failure. Critics found the film to be above average and effective, but criticized its script as lacking character development. In 1945 a young couple, Ivor Hartley and Irene are leaving the homecoming dance; the couple take a shortcut through the woods. Irene wants to stop, she manages to injure him, however. As Irene makes her way out of the shortcut, Benjamin Hartley attacks her, hitting her over the head with a rock and killing her.
It is revealed that Benjamin has growing health issues, begins to murder anyone he sees using the shortcut. Ivor, the rest of Benjamin's family hide him away from the rest of the world, by shackling him to the basement by a chain around his neck. Present day - Derek has moved to a new town and school and has befriended the feisty Lisa and Mark, while taking a liking to Christy. Meanwhile, at his school, Derek's brother Tobey tells a few of his classmates he got kicked out of his old school for fighting; the kids dare Tobey to go through the shortcut which he does alone. As Tobey makes his way along, he comes across a dead dog and an old man who threatens him, causing him to run off. Arriving home, Derek finds his brother Tobey covered in blood. Tobey tells Derek of the events on the shortcut, prompting Derek to go investigate, however, he has to leave to go to the fast food place where he and Mark work; when Derek tells Mark of the old man and the dog, Mark proceeds to tell Derek of the story of the old man who killed people on the shortcut, yet nothing has been proven.
That night, Derek returns home to his Grandma's house, whom the family have moved in with after the death of their dad. Derek's mom urges Derek to set a good example for Tobey; the next morning, Derek voices his annoyance of having to move to a new town again. While at school, Derek makes a move on Christy before he is approached by Taylor who has heard about the dead dog on the shortcut. Taylor believes the old man has killed his dog; the pair makes an arrangement to go to the shortcut that night together. After dinner, Derek asks his Grandma about the shortcut, she warns him never to go there. Derek's mom tells him that the old man on the shortcut is the last living member of the Hartley family who she thinks "just wants to be left alone." Taylor arrives and he and Derek go to the shortcut. They come out at the old man's house and sneak into his garage where they find dog collars, but none of the collars belong to Taylor's dog; the old man appears and they flee. The following day, the group become.
Derek and Lisa attempt to go back to the house, their plan is foiled when the old man does not leave his house. At work, Derek is startled to see the old man. Derek is unable to determine if he recognizes him from the night before and he leaves soon after. Christy arrives and spots the old man. Derek manages to get an intrigued Christy's number. After she leaves, Derek witnesses Mark being attacked and murdered, however, it's revealed this was a prank; the next day, at Derek's house, Mark and Taylor have met up with Derek. Taylor tells them that a friend's dog has gone missing and that the old man is a veteran so he spends every Friday night at the memorial hall. Derek and Christy plan to spy on the old man at the memorial hall while the others go to investigate his house. Tobey enters and Lisa teases him before leaving. At the memorial hall and Christy bond before they make out and realize that the old man has arrived. Derek phones the others to go to the house. Mark and Taylor go through the shortcut and break into the old man's house.
Mark and Lisa find a room where Benjamin was home-schooled. Mark and Taylor go into the basement. Meanwhile and Derek realize the old man is leaving and they cannot get the others on the phone. Realizing they must beat the old man back to the house, they begin to drive to the house. In the basement and Taylor discover an old man, shackled to a large wheel by a chain, padlocked around his neck. Benjamin pleads. Lisa and Taylor take Benjamin and depart the house, but Benjamin is still bound; as they reach the shortcut, the chain restricts him from moving further. Taylor grabs a sledgehammer to break the chain while Mark hold the chain tight; as Taylor swings the sledgehammer, Benjamin yanks the chain, bringing Mark's hand in line with the swing, horribly disfiguring it. As Lisa attempts to get a signal on her phone to call help, Taylor tends to Mark. Benjamin hits Taylor over the head with the sledgehammer, killing him. Mark attempts to crawl away. Lisa runs away as Benjamin manages
Grown Ups 2
Grown Ups 2 is a 2013 American comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and co-produced by Adam Sandler, who starred in the film. It is the sequel to the 2010 film Grown Ups; the film co-stars Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Nick Swardson, Salma Hayek. The film is produced by Adam Sandler's production company Happy Madison Productions and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing; the film was released on July 12, 2013. The film grossed $247 million on an $80 million budget, it was nominated for nine Razzies at the 2014 Golden Raspberry Awards. Three years after the events of the first film, Lenny Feder has relocated his family back to his Connecticut hometown of Stanton where he and his friends grew up. In the film's opening in the Feder household, Lenny wakes up to find a wild deer standing next to his bed. Lenny tries to get his wife Roxanne to open the window, she startles the deer, causing it to urinate all over the bed and on Lenny. The deer runs down the hall and crashes into the bathroom where it runs into Lenny's elder son Greg showering, scaring him and making the deer urinate on him.
It turns out that Lenny's daughter, left the door open overnight for any animals that wanted to come in. Lenny is able to get the deer out of the house by using Becky's monkey doll, which rips it apart, devastating her. Greg and Becky go to their last day of school. Roxanne brings up the idea of their family having another baby, but Lenny says their family is perfect as it is, angering Roxanne. At the Lamonsoff household, Eric Lamonsoff and his wife Sally are at loggerheads with each other over how to raise their children- Sally believes in unwavering support while Eric prefers to be more practical with them, as proven for their son's bad math skills and daughter's eccentric sense in fashion. At the McKenzie household, Kurt surprises his wife Deanne with a thoughtful anniversary present, only to find that she has forgotten. Meanwhile, Marcus Higgins is waiting at a train station after receiving a letter from an old girlfriend, who tells him that he has a seventeen-year-old son Braden. Marcus is shocked to see a six-foot-tall boy, who turns out to be Braden.
Marcus tries to be nice and takes him to school, but Braden displays immediate hatred toward him, believing that he abandoned him and his mother. After dropping off their kids, Eric and Marcus form as a group and spend the day roaming around town, reminiscing about the amazing summers they used to have when they were little, about Lenny's bully, Tommy Cavanaugh. Lenny argues that he could take Tommy as a little boy and he can still take him; the friends go to see Becky's ballet recital, where Lenny runs into Tommy, by whom Lenny is visibly intimidated. Tommy threatens that if Lenny lies again about being able to beat him up, he will publicly attack Lenny. Once the kids are out of school, Eric and Marcus decide to visit the old quarry, where they used to swim as little boys. However, they encounter Andy and his gang of college frat men, who force them to jump naked into the quarry lake. Braden, partying with the frat men, witnesses this and goes off to vandalize their frat house; when the frat men return, they swear to take revenge.
Lenny arrives home to help Roxanne set up for a 1980s-themed party for their friends. Meanwhile, Marcus begins to bond with Braden; as all of their friends begin to arrive, Roxanne urges Lenny to consider having another baby. Lenny continues to protest the idea and is left speechless when Roxanne reveals that she is pregnant. Lenny, feeling overwhelmed by this discovery, goes off to drink with his friends; the Feder's party goes well most of the night until Tommy Cavanaugh shows up and disrespects Lenny in front of everyone, so Lenny challenges Tommy to a fight. In a surprising turn, Tommy decides to take a dive so that Lenny can look tough for his own bullied son, the two develop a mutual respect. Soon after, along with his friends and their entire fraternity gatecrash the party, looking for retribution for the damage to their frat house; when they go on to insult the local town residents, Dickie Bailey, Lenny's old nemesis, points out that Lenny accomplished more in his life than the entire frat put together, inciting a fight.
The locals hold their own against the frat men and send them fleeing the scene. After the battle is over, the four friends, plus Bailey, have pancakes at Eric's mom's house. After sharing an embarrassing photo of him and Bailey in kindergarten, Mrs. Lamonsoff reassures Lenny that a new baby is a wonderful thing and he will never be able to imagine life with just three kids. Lenny has a change of heart and returns home, telling Roxanne he is sorry and excited about the new baby, they reconcile. Adam Sandler as Lenny Feder Kevin James as Eric Lamonsoff Chris Rock as Kurt McKenzie David Spade as Marcus Higgins Salma Hayek as Roxanne Feder Cameron Boyce as Keith Feder Jake Goldberg as Greg Feder Alexys Nycole Sanchez as Becky Feder Maya Rudolph as Deanne McKenzie China Anne McClain as Charlotte McKenzie Nadji Jeter as Andre McKenzie Kaleo Elam as Ronnie McKenzie Maria Bello as Sally Lamonsoff Ada-Nicole Sanger as Donna Lamonsoff Frank and Morgan Gingerich as Bean Lamonsoff Georgia Engel as Mrs. Lamonsoff Nick Swardson as Nick Hilliard Alexander Ludwig as Braden Higgins Steve Buscemi as Wiley Tim Meadows as Malcolm Fluzoo Colin Quinn as Dickie Bailey Cheri Oteri as Penny Jonathan Loughran as Robideaux Peter Dante as Officer Dante Shaquille O'Neal as Officer Fluzoo Taylor Lautner as Frat Boy Andy Milo Ventimiglia as Frat Boy Milo Steve Austin as Tommy Cavanaugh Oliver Hudson as Kyle Halston Sage as Nancy Arbuckle Kamil McFadden as Bumpty Fluzoo Ellen Cleghorne as Mary Fluzoo Filming of Grown Ups 2 began on May 2, 2012, in Massach