Introduction to Film
Instructor Steven Ryan
September 6, 2010
The most interesting movie that I have had the pleasure of watching recently was the movie Grown Ups. I wanted to go to the theater and see this movie because I enjoy comedies, and I usually relate really well with movies produced and played in by Adam Sandler. The comedy that was portrayed in the previews for this movie always got my attention and had me laughing, so I felt it would be worth it to go see it. Based upon the all-star cast I figured it would be a hit. These types of movies suit my personality and I can relate to the humor. It was generally a feel good movie. Grown Ups is an Adam Sandler comedy film released the end of this past June. Lenny, Eric, Kurt, Marcus, and Rob are five friends who have known each other since junior high school. They win their basketball championship under the leadership of their coach, Bobby "Buzzer" Ferdinando, who was also like a mentor to them. During the victory celebration, Coach "Buzzer" encourages them to live their lives as they played the game: "You don't want to have any regrets at the final buzzer of life;" the theme of the movie. The movie really focuses on the importance of family, friends, having fun and enjoying life with no regrets. It begins thirty years after graduating from high school when the five former middle school basketball teammates get news that their former coach and mentor has passed away. They unite and meet for the first time at their coach’s funeral, and the five friends meant so much to the coach that they are given his ashes to spread as his last wishes. With their wives and kids in tow, they spend the 4th of July weekend gathered at the lake house where they celebrated their championship years earlier, and to now mourn the passing of their late coach. The guys spend the weekend getting reacquainted. Over the course of the Fourth of July weekend, the five friends realize that just...
References: Joseph M. Boggs, D. W. (2008). The Art of Watching Films. New York: McGraw-Hill.
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