It's robots fighting monsters, or it's idiots fighting idiots, at the box office this week.
"Pacific Rim" is the monster mash of a geeky movie fan's dreams, as director Guillermo Del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth," "Hellboy") imagines a future in which interdimensional monsters invade Earth – and humanity counters by building giant robots to combat them. The movie is loaded with exciting set pieces and cool effects (even better on IMAX 3-D), which overcome the slightly stilted dialogue and wooden acting.
"Grown Ups 2" is Adam Sandler's first sequel, unless you consider most of his films a continuum of dumb humor and crude behavior. This one follows suit, reuniting Sandler's Lenny with his small-town pals (Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade) for more hijinks. The jokes are piled on without any sense of story structure – or with seemingly caring whether they're funny or not.