Taylor Lautner, mean guy in 'Grown Ups 2' (Photo: Columbia Pictures)
Remember when Taylor Lautner was that super-nice high school guy in the "Twilight" series, always watching out for Bella?
Well those days are over.
Lautner plays a turf-guarding frat boy in "Grown Ups 2," showing Lenny (Adam Sandler) and his childhood chums who's boss when they return to their old swimming hole. And he has the secret handshake to prove it.
Perhaps this is just the jolt audiences need to rid them of that good guy Jacob image, now that the popular "Twilight" series has ended. (The 21-year-old actor didn't have such luck when he tried his hand at action-hero stardom in 2011's "Abduction," which came in $7 million shy of its $35 million budget domestically.)
Watch the first trailer for 'Grown Ups 2':
Sandler calls Lautner and his visor-sporting, khaki shorts-wearing bros out for looking rather "Abercrombie." But, as the trailer indicates, the younger set gets the next laugh at the expense of those returning "Grown Ups" played by Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, and David Spade as they are seemingly forced by the frat pack to cliff dive in the buff.
Maya Rudolph and Salma Hayek also return for the totally "chocolate wasted" sequel, where the guys decided to move themselves and their families back to the place where all those memories were first made: their hometown. And some new faces -- including Lautner as Frat Boy Andy -- are keeping it interesting.
Andy Samberg plays an overly zealous, car-washing male cheerleader (can't wait!), along with fellow "SNL" chums Will Forte, Taran Killam, and Bobby Moynahan. Plus, we get to see Shaquille O'Neal do the snake as he points his police-issued gun at his former childhood homies (Shaq is part of their old crew, it turns out).
"Grown-Ups 2" moves back into theaters July 12.
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