Weekend Movie Round-Up: "Knight and Day," "Grown Ups" Movie Reviews 


"Knight and Day" and "Grown Ups" are set to battle for box-office supremacy with "Toy Story 3." But from the looks of it, the Disney/Pixar threequel will take the crown.

"Knight and Day," which opened last Wednesday, comes with a great pedigree. Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, and director James Mangold, the guy who gave us "Walk the Line" and "3:10 to Yuma" among others.

How can you go wrong right? Well, "Knight and Day" is a fun, entertaining film, that's just a wee bit short on logic.

Here's the plot: Diaz is June Havens, who suddenly finds her daily routine interrupted by being entangled with a secret agent named Roy Miller played by Cruise. He has a latest mission that he instinctively feels he's not supposed to survive.

Soon, the couple find themselves in a globe-trotting adventure in an attempt to avoid capture by the feds. But the big caveat -- Cruise's secret agent is not who he says he is...or is he?

"Knight and Day" is one of those movies that makes its plot so unnecessary complicated as a cover for its brainless and illogical narrative. But much like this summer's "The A-Team," "Knight and Day" is thoroughly charming though its lacking in the brains department.

But thanks to Cruise, yes, Cruise, and his palpable chemistry with Diaz, "Knight and Day" is fluffy fun with lots of action scenes thrown in. Just check your brains out the door in order to enjoy this movie.

"Knight and Day" :25k

If "Knight and Day" is illogically entertaining, then "Grown Ups" is immaturely annoying. When I first heard about this movie's cast, I thought it was brilliant!

Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider, heck even Maya Rudolph, Steve Buscemi, Colin Quinn and Tim Meadows make appearances.

But wait, there's more! Maria Bello and Salma Hayek even show up.

You expect more from a powerhouse cast like that. But sadly, "Grown Ups" is immature and unfunny.

The plot? Five friends, Sandler, James, Rock, Spade, Schneider, reunite at the funeral of their high school basketball coach and decide to reminisce about the good old days while spending a wild 4th of July weekend together.

"Grown Ups" tries so hard to be this year's "The Hangover" but fails miserably. You see, "The Hangover" knew what it was -- a raunch-fest with a heart, a big heart -- while "Grown Ups" has an identity crisis. It so wants to be a raunch-fest but also courts the young kids (it's PG-13). It doesn't work, and never will work.

Co-written by Sandler himself and directed by Dennis Dugan, the guy who gave us the horrible "You Don't Mess with the Zohan," "Grown Ups" never quite matched the "awesomeness" of its great cast -- lots of funny people.

Saddled with a lazy script, lazy plotting and lazy direction, you will not want to spend your Independence Day weekend with this crew.

The one thing the movie did miraculously? David Spade is the funniest part of the movie and that's not saying much.

"Grown Ups" :15k

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