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The film doesn't officially wrap until Friday, but the "Grown Ups" gang threw themselves a little party at Felt Saturday to celebrate the summer-long shoot. The VIP crowd included cast mates Adam Sandler (and wife Jacqueline), Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James, Colin Quinn, Norm MacDonald, and Maya Rudolph, as well as chef Todd English. About a group of high-school buddies who reunite after 30 years away, the movie directed by Dennis Dugan was mostly shot in Essex and elsewhere on the North Shore. We're told Sandler, in particular, is sorry to be returning to LA. The "Billy Madison" actor, who grew up in Manchester, N.H., enjoyed his rental house next to the Eastern Point Yacht Club in Gloucester so much that he's offered to buy it from the owner. As one of Hollywood's highest-paid actors - he earned an estimated $65 million last year - Sandler can certainly afford the oceanfront manse. Though he's a big movie star, Sandler didn't act like a diva, according to locals. He often played basketball at the Gloucester YMCA, and was a regular at Long Beach Dairy Maid, the Chinese restaurant Dragon Light, and at Frank's Sub Zone, where owner Frank Carini hung a framed poster for Sandler's latest flick "Funny People." "Nice guy," says Carini, who served the actor steak tips. "We don't get a celebrity like him in here very often."

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Caption: Todd English and Adam Sandler at the wrap party; Colin Quinn, Felt marketing director Shannon Finks and Norm MacDonald; and Chris Rock and Felt co-owner Jack Gateman (yes, that's Kevin James and Todd English in the background. Photo credit: Crammed Media.

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