Director: Frank Coraci
Writers: Ivan Menchell, Clare Sera
Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Kevin Nealon, Terry Crews, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Emma Fuhrmann, Bella Thorne, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Joel McHale, Abdoulaye NGom, Kyle Red Silverstein, Zak Henri, Jessica Lowe, Braxton Beckham, Shaquille O'Neal, Dan Patrick
Synopsis: After a bad blind date, a man and woman find themselves stuck together at a resort for families, where their attraction grows as their respective kids benefit from the burgeoning relationship.
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, and language
6 / 10
- Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore still have a great onscreen chemistry between them
- Some of the jokes are funny
- It could've been worse...it could've "Jack and Jill"....
- Characters are generic stereotypes
- Some of the jokes aren't funny, and can be a bit weird (i.e. masturbation jokes involving Lauren's son)
- Story is predictable and cliched as hell
Stop the presses folks! Adam Sandler finally made a decent comedy that wasn't part of the "Grown Ups" series.....say what?!?
He did it...he finally did it.... After so many years of mediocrity, Adam Sandler finally made another one that wasn't a piece of crap. Oh my god! Praise the lord! I guess this means hell has finally frozen over! Pigs are now flying! The end of the world is now here! Oh the humanity! Aaaaahhh!!
All joking aside, it seems like Adam Sandler has returned to form in this new comedy. Taking elements from his previous rom coms with Drew Barrymore, and meshing it together with the family elements of "Big Daddy." When you combine those elements together, then you get a film like "Blended." Although I wouldn't call "Blended" a great comedy by any stretch of the imagination.
However, Adam Sandler has set the bar so phenomenally low for his comedies these days, so it's hard to pick on this one because in all honesty...it could've been worse..... Anyone care to remember "Jack and Jill?" (shivers) The film essentially starts off as two people are set up on a blind date. The date is a complete disaster, as Jim (Adam Sandler) does everything he can to show Lauren (Drew Barrymore) the worst time she's ever had, before coming up with the whole fake out excuse bit to get out of the date. It's ironic considering that Lauren was going to do the whole fake out excuse on him first, but he beat her to the punch.
Why would he do such a thing? Is Lauren that unattractive that he tries to bale out on her? As it turns out, his wife died of cancer, so he's not ready to be in a relationship yet; hence he does whatever he can to get out of the date. But, that's okay. Lauren happens to be a single mom that's been recently divorced, so she's not looking for anyone either.
Now, one would think that neither party would ever see each other again, but have you ever heard of the old saying that it's a small world after all? As it turns out, Lauren's best friend is dating some rich billionaire, who happens to own the entire line of "Dick's Sporting Goods Stores" across America; the same "Dick's Sporting Goods Store" franchise that Jim happens work at. At first, things seem to be going great for her, but there's one problem...he has kids. And it gets even better, he wants her to come on a trip to Africa with him, so she can bond with his kids. Needless to say, she wasn't thrilled about the idea, so she broke up with him.
Sadly, Mr. Theodopolis' seven tickets to Africa are non refundable too. Oh what's a poor broken hearted guy to do? Well, Jim is a single father, who's raising three daughters. His teenage daughter, Hilary aka Larry, is a bit moody about how all their family trips always consist of them camping in their own backyard. Therefore, Jim sees this as a perfect opportunity to buy those tickets off his boss' hands, at a fair price of course. But unknowingly to Jim, Lauren also had the same idea, as her two boys were looking forward to spending spring break with their dad...that is until he bailed on them again. However, when she gets wind of the tickets, she too offers Jim's boss an opportunity to sell three of those tickets to her. And by a series of unlikely events, they find out that they all ended up on the same damn vacation together. What are the freaking odds? I guess it truly is a small world after all.
Without giving away too much, "Blended" pretty much follows all the stereotypical cliches that one could expect from a rom com; especially a rom com that features Adam Sandler. You know throughout the film that they're eventually going to learn crap about each other, and they'll fall in love...blah blah.
You have a teenage boy who doesn't approve of Jim being around his mom, but you know they're going to bond too. You have an over hyper little boy that sucks at baseball, but plays on a little league team. And since Jim raises his daughters to be a bit tomboyish with the sports and everything, then you know he's going to teach him how to play.
You have three daughters craving a motherly influence in their lives, as one of them even has an imaginary mom. A teenage daughter that wants a boy's attention, but her dad certainly doesn't want to hear that. Nah, he's more concerned about beefing her up for basketball tryouts next year. And last but not least... a little girl that can't remember her mommy, but desperately wants one. Aww! Isn't that precious?
"Blended" is nothing if not insanely predictable. It pretty much follows every Hollywood cliche in the book, and the characters are pretty much stereotypes that lack any kind of definitive personality.
Like most of Sandler's recent comedies, there's still a lot of borderline offensive humor throughout this movie. For example, one of Lauren's kids is obsessed with his babysitter to the point that it borders on the line of creepy half the time, and there's quite a few masturbation jokes at this kid's expense as well. Now, they don't show you anything taboo relating to the kid, but it's referenced throughout certain parts of the film. I get that it was supposed to be funny, but it comes off more awkward than anything else.
However, that's not to say all of the jokes didn't work, as some of them did. For example, there was the different types of music playing when Hillary got a makeover; courtesy of Lauren. The boy that she was trying to impress heard a song about making love to someone. Lauren heard a song about every girl, while dear old dad heard the song entitled, "It's the end of the world, as we know it!" Granted, it's not Sandler's best work, but it's certainly funny to watch.
Overall, it's hard to really bash this movie because none of Sandler's comedies aren't known for their great stories. And by comedies, I'm not talking about his comedic dramas like "Punch Drunk Love", "Spanglish" and etc. No, I'm talking about his straight non dramatic comedies like "Wedding Singer", "Waterboy" and etc.; which is exactly where "Blended" falls under.
At the end of the day, "Blended" is basically another generic Sandler movie. Sure, Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler still have a strong on screen chemistry together, and they make a rather cute couple. In fact, a lot of the best scenes feature them sharing various moments together.
However, I would advise all my readers to wait until "Blended" comes out on Netflix/ Blue Ray/ DVD because it's not worth seeing in theaters. It's a decent comedy if you're looking for something that offers a few cheap laughs, but I wouldn't expect too much out of it.
Here's a video about tv's most famous blended family...the brady bunch.
© 2014 Steven Escareno
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