What films didn't hit the mark this year?
1. "Grown Ups"
Why it's so bad: Even in a down economy, we don't necessarily begrudge Sony Pictures for giving Adam Sandler tens of millions of dollars to take an extended vacation with a group of buddies, including Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade. If anybody deserves a little down-time by a lake, it's these titans of comedic industry. The part we resent is that Sony decided to release their barely scripted, barely edited, totally undirected home videos in theaters under the guise of a summer buddy comedy. Yes, it's the laziness and complacency of this bloated, mirthless dud that makes it so offensive, that and Sandler and company's utter conviction that a sassy black grandma with gas and bunions is an inexhaustible well of gut-busting punchlines.
One nice thing we can say about it: Tim Meadows appears very late in the movie and, by sheer force of will, gets a single, solitary laugh, saving "Grown Ups" from being a complete shut-out.
- Daniel Fienberg