Grown Ups is destined to be shown on TBS and repeated again and again until you can recite the lines in your sleep. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't rent this unexpectedly funny and touching comedy. Adam Sandler, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Kevin James and Chris Rock spend some time together in the wake of their old basketball coach's death, and in doing so relive their middle-school triumphs and nightmares. Grown Ups is all about the best and the worst parts of being a 12-year-old, but men in their 40s bring a whole lot more to the party, beginning with their wives--Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph and Maria Bello included. Is it the best movie of the year? Of course not. It wasn't even the best comedy of the summer. But the few laughs it offers are worth the rental.
Disney's A Christmas Carol
The first question you have to ask is, "Why?" What does this latest adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic bring to the holiday party that no previous incarnation did? The answer is: Jim Carrey. And Jim Carrey. And Jim Carrey. Carrey plays almost every character in director Robert Zemeckis' (Polar Express) take on the holiday classic. But Carol is too much high-tech and not enough high-merriment; basically it's just showing off rather than entertaining. And since the movie was made as a showcase for 3-D, it will probably be a major disappointment on small screens. Instead, look to the adaptations with Bill Murray, George C. Scott or Alastair Sim, or even The Muppets or Mister Magoo.