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Grown Ups is a fun and amusing comedy, bringing together Adam Sandler and a host of other comedic actors for a summer romp. The plot is simple, and there’s some good laughs in here too.

For those who have finished and are looking for alternate picks, we’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle with our top choices for what to watch next. As usual, let us know your thoughts about our picks in the comments below!

American Pie

A group of high school friends make a pact to lose their virginity by prom night. Along the way, they face various embarrassing situations, learning about love, friendship, and the transition to adulthood. Oh, and alternate uses for apple pie too!

Both films delve into the themes of friendship, growing up, and navigating through life’s comedic and embarrassing moments. American Pie, like Grown Ups, highlights the value of camaraderie and the funny situations that arise in relationships and life’s milestones.


Based on a true story, Tag sees a group of friends gathering together every year to play the same game of tag. In fact, it’s been 30 years. Every May, they go to great lengths to tag one another, often leading to ridiculous and outrageous situations.

This central theme of long-lasting friendship and the comedic lengths people will go to keep traditions alive resonates in both movies. Like Grown Ups, Tag capture the essence of adulthood while still clinging to elements of your youth.

Grown Ups 2

In this sequel to Grown Ups, the gang is back in their hometown for the summer. Together, they navigate the challenges of their kids growing up while facing off against some old bullies and new challenges.

As a direct sequel, Grown Ups continues the themes of friendship, familial bonds, nostalgia, and the hilarious challenges of adulthood raised in the first, making it essential viewing for fans of the original.

Daddy Day Care

 Two recently laid-off men, Charlie and Phil, decide to open their own day care center. They face challenges with mischievous children, rival day care centers, and the trials of starting a new business, leading to plenty of hilarious encounters.

Both films explore the comedy of parenting and the unexpected challenges that brings. These themes of adapting to new situations, understanding children, and the camaraderie between friends facing challenges echo in both movies.

The Benchwarmers

Three friends, who were always bullied in school, form a three-man baseball team to challenge youth baseball teams in the area. Their aim is to stand up for the bullied and bring justice to the nerds.

In both films, adult characters grapple with their past and present feelings of inadequacy while finding humor in their efforts. They both highlight the importance of standing up for oneself and celebrating individuality, wrapped up in comedic scenarios. The comedy is often low-brow and relies a fair amount of toilet humour, but the themes are good and it should whet the appetite for fans of Grown Ups.

The Hangover

The Hangover

After a wild bachelor party in Las Vegas, four friends wake up with no memory of the previous night, and find that the groom is missing. The trio are then forced to retrace their steps to find the groom before his wedding, unravelling a chaotic sequence of events in the process.

Both movies revolve around a group of friends navigating comedic and chaotic situations together. Themes of camaraderie, recklessness, and dealing with the repercussions of one’s actions are explored.

Hot Tub Time Machine

A malfunctioning hot tub sends four friends back in time to the 1980’s. Once there, the four must navigate the past without altering the future, all whilst re-experiencing their younger days.

Both comedies center on friends confronting their past and their current life choices. The characters grapple with nostalgia, friendship, and the comedic challenges that arise from unusual situations.

Horrible Bosses

Nick, Dale, and Kurt are unhappy with their respective bosses. After a night of drunken venting, they concoct a plan to murder their bosses, leading to a series of comedic mishaps.

While the plots differ, both movies revolve around groups of friends dealing with life’s challenges together, leading to a series of comedic scenarios. The importance of camaraderie in the face of adversity is central to both stories.

Shaun Of The Dead

Shaun, a man stuck in a rut, decides to turn his life around. However, his timing couldn’t be worse as a zombie apocalypse hits right when he does. With his friend Ed by his side, Shaun attempts to save his loved ones and survive the outbreak, hanging out in the Winchester and letting all of this “blow over”.

While “Shaun of the Dead” is a comedic take on the zombie genre, at its core, it’s about friendship, love, and personal growth, which are all similar themes found in Grown Ups.

Old School

Disillusioned with their personal lives, Mitch, Frank, and Beanie decide to relive their college days by setting up a fraternity house next to their alma mater. Hilarity ensues as they navigate challenges and throw wild parties.

Old School, like Grown Ups, clings to that idea of middle-aged men trying to relive their youth, leading to comedic and sometimes disastrous results. They celebrate friendship, nostalgia, and the notion of growing up (or refusing to do so!)

There we have it, our list of best movies that are similar to Grown Ups. What do you think about our picks? Did one of your favourites make the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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