“Grown Ups” is about five men who were best friends when they were young kids and now are getting together for the Fourth of July weekend to meet each others’ families for the first time. Picking up where they left off, they discover why growing older doesn’t mean growing up.
Paltrow had given us some wonderful performances in some very fine movies (‘Shakespeare In Love’ – for which she was Oscar-nominated – ‘The Royal Tenebaums’, ‘Se7en’, ‘Sylvia’, ‘Sliding Doors’, ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’) – but she’s also given us a lot of dross. And she blubbered like a baby when she won that Oscar.
Since her marriage to Coldplay’s Chris Martin in 2003, Paltrow has let her glittering career take a back seat, as she became a mum. These days, Paltrow keeps it to about one movie a year. Last year, it was her brother Jake’s directorial debut, ‘The Good Night’. This year, it’s the big-budget Marvel adaptation ‘Iron Man’, Paltrow playing Virginia ‘Pepper’ Potts, the loyal assistant to billionaire playboy and munitions mogul Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), standing firm, and doe-eyed, by his side even when he becomes a crime-fighting knight in hi-tech armour.