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Will We Ever Get To See Grown Ups 3?

For the most part, you know exactly what to expect going into an Adam Sandler movie. Sure, every so often, he throws us all for a loop and gives the world an Uncut Gems, but most of Sandler's movies involve him doing silly voices, making juvenile jokes, and hanging out with a bunch of his friends. The mileage one gets out of each of those aspects varies significantly from one person to the next, but at this point, you only have yourself to blame if you're watching an Adam Sandler movie and get offended by the sight of a grown man projectile-vomiting while riding a bicycle. 

Nowhere is this better exemplified than in Sandler's only live-action film to receive a sequel: Grown Ups. The premise is perfectly Sandler-esque: It follows a group of friends who haven't seen each other in decades as they reunite after their old basketball coach passes away. They decide to spend the Fourth of July weekend together, catching up, reflecting on how much everything has changed, and getting into all sorts of hijinks. The film — which brought together Sandler's buddies like Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James, and Rob Schneider — exceeded expectations at the box office and pulled in enough money to warrant a sequel: 2013's Grown Ups 2.

Surely, there could've been a way for the comedians to find an excuse to share the screen together again. Sadly for fans of the first two Grown Ups films, it looks like this series is probably going to stick to being a duology

Technically, Grown Ups 3 is out there ... just not in the way you'd expect

If a comedy is going to get a sequel, then it's safe to say it'll be released shortly after the first. Two to three years is common, so the fact it's been eight years since Grown Ups 2 dropped in theaters, it's not looking likely that Grown Ups 3 will ever materialize. By the sound of it, the studio may have been interested in a threequel at some point, but as Nick Swardson, who plays the bus driver named Nick in the Grown Ups movies, explained in a 2020 interview with The Rich Eisen Show, "[Adam Sandler] had talked about it and then there was another script out there that wasn't approved." 

In the event you continue watching that interview, Swardson continues to discuss a Grown Ups 3 spec script that went viral around the same time. What exactly is he talking about? In January 2020, The Best Show writer-producer Tom Scharpling unveiled on Twitter a spec script for a theoretical Grown Ups 3 in the same vein as your typical Sandler flick. While the script starts out how you'd expect, a director soon yells "cut!" and it's revealed the actors (Sandler and the gang) are just playing characters. They proceed to portray exaggerated versions of themselves, and soon, a killer goes on the loose, murdering them one by one. Miraculously, the spec script maintains the same tone as a goofy Sandler comedy even with the killer at its center.

All in all, the idea for Grown Ups 3 is awesome for an exercise in meta-humor, but it's probably too out-there to ever be made. Still, one can dream.