Blended review

Posted: May 15, 2014 in Film Review
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“Blended” is the latest romantic comedy from Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. And as expected, this is a formulaic romantic comedy with Sandler playing a Sad Sack misfit and Barrymore playing his “nemesis.” There are no surprises and everything goes completely as planned – filled with lots of laughs and fun and games – just as fans of Adam Sandler like it. Yes, I am an Adam Sandler fan, and I like this movie and recommended it for a good two-hour respite from life, while laughing and romancing.

The movie begins with a blind date between Lauren (Barrymore) and Jim (Sandler) at a Hooters restaurant, where Sandler proceeds to drink his own glass of beer, and then Barrymore’s glass of beer, too, as she is visiting the restroom; not to mention once she returns to the table, he is rude, obnoxious, does not pay any attention to Barrymore (but quite a bit to the Hooter girls), and then everything goes downhill from there.
After this disastrous blind date, divorced and single-mom Lauren (with two boys played by Kyle Red Silverstein and Braxton Beckham) and widowed and single-dad Jim (with three girls played by Bella Thorne of Disney Channel’s “Shake it Up,” Emma Fuhrmann, and Alyvia Alyn Lynd) agree on only one thing: they never want to see each other again. But when they each sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week.
“Blended” also stars Joel McHale (NBC’s “Community”) as Lauren’s ex-husband, Mark, and Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Bridesmaids”) as Jen her best friend; Kevin Nealon (“Weeds”) and Jessica Lowe (funnyordie’s “RobotDown”) as an overly romantic couple also vacationing at the resort; Terry Crews (“The Expendables 2”) as the resort’s singing host (a real highlight of the film); and Dan Patrick (ESPN SportsCenter) as Dick.

“Blended” is directed by Frank Coraci, who previously collaborated with Sandler and Barrymore on “The Wedding Singer” and also directed Sandler in the hit comedies “The Waterboy” and “Click.” “Blended” marks the third comedy collaboration between stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, following “The Wedding Singer” and their successful onscreen pairing in the hit romantic comedy “50 First Dates.”
Sandler plays the same character he’s played in all his movies and that is just fine. Barrymore does an apt job as Lauren, although a couple of times she seems to be wanting to be somewhere else and is a little off the mark. All in all there is great chemistry between Sandler and Barrymore, and, of course, the kids are all as cute as can be.
“Blended” does lag a little in the first half, and the movie feels like it could’ve been a little shorter, but you will not be disappointed. Yes, it’s all pretty predictable, but no more predictable than all the laughs you’ll enjoy (albeit some rather naughty ones – hence the PG13 rating). But if you like Adam Sandler movies, “Blended” will be perfect for you – a perfect blend of pathos and comedy, Sandler and Barrymore.


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