- Starring: Adam Sandler (Just Go With It), Drew Barrymore (He’s Just Not That Into You), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids), Kevin Nealon (Anger Management), and more.
- Directed by: Frank Coraci (Click, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy).
- Synopsis: “After a disastrous blind date, single parents Lauren and Jim 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 in “Blended,” the third comedy collaboration between stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.”
- Rating: PG-13 for suggestive material, some crude humor and language.
- Must-Watch Trailer:
Say what you will about Adam Sandler, he doesn’t care. As a matter of fact, perhaps he thrives on it and that’s why we keep getting the same types of movies from him. The Repeat-Razzie winner usually pumps out one to three silly/sappy comedies a year that people either like or don’t. From recent years I both enjoy and own Grown Ups, Just Go With It, Click and Mr. Deeds but can’t stand Grown Ups 2, Jack and Jill, Don’t Mess With the Zohan, Funny People and such like. Much like the title of this latest film, Sandler has found a niche he enjoys in blending comedy with concern for characters and presents a film that is more than just a “51st Date.”
Unfortunately, the trend of showing the punchline of all the funny parts of a movie in the promotional materials and trailers prior to the film’s release continues with Blended and viewers may find nothing new to laugh about as they watch single dad Jim (Adam Sandler) parent three daughters or additional characters rehash been-there-done-that antics or even Terry Crews not being as funny as we all know he can be.
Here’s the thing about Blended…it’s not very well…well, for lack of a better word…”blended.” The whole first act of “Just Go With It 2” is spent with less-than interesting backstories and 2-dimensional character introductions that are supposed to create attachment to the said characters but in reality made me almost want to DEtach from my seat. (Already knowing that Africa was the destination, I sat just waiting and hoping for the film to interest me more once the safari began.)
The rest of the film…and perhaps the ENTIRE film…will remind viewers of a less-funnier Just Go With It only without Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman and Brooklyn Decker and “Sheep CPR” and, in their stead, has Drew Barrymore, preteens and teens dealing with pubescent issues and hormones, Shaquille O’Neal and mating rhinos. As with most Sandler films, every time a moment that may touch the heart begins to blossom, nervous comedy and laughter takes over and either ruins or rescues the moment.
…And it can make for a disenchanting experience.
Already predictable to audiences, (Come on, we know how the “Sandler-single-dad-who-meets-up-with-a-single-mom-and-can’t-connect-at-home-so-they-connect-in-an-exotic-location-and-have-to-survive-a-few-shenanigans-only-to-realize-they-do-want-each-other-and-yet-still-play-emotional-tug-of-war-with-themselves-and-their-kids-until-the-final-‘revelation’-moment-to-happily-ever-after” plot goes), films like this have an opportunity to be all about the journey to the “Brady Bunch” ending and to make it fun, touching, memorable and meaningful. This one’s meager attempt at such simply disappoints in that department.
—How’d you like that awesome run-on sentence plot synopsis in that last paragraph?! 😉 It’s similar to how the film just keeps on running and running and…
It’s not all bad. I laughed…once or twice. Some friends after watching spoke about being entertained. But for me…Sandler couldn’t decide what he wanted me to do. Was I supposed to laugh? Was I supposed to say “Awwww”? Was I supposed to cry? Was I supposed to cheer? And it’s not all Sandler’s fault, but since he is in all of these type of movies, I tend to place the blame on him. Will kids enjoy the movie? Sure. There’s a bit more “older kid/adult” humor and issues in it so don’t expect the little ones to a) like everything or b) better yet, understand everything. Sandler couldn’t even blend the type of humor in this film very well.
This family-comedy-drama film takes us all the way to Africa but I just couldn’t wait to get all the way back home. Not as terrible as I thought it would be as the kids make for some of the more memorable scenes, but when it gets sappy Sandler lays it on thick and when it gets funny…it just doesn’t really. The actors seemed to be having more fun being there than I did watching it.
Perhaps I am being too critical. Perhaps I should give it another shot. Perhaps you will see it (if you don’t get tickets to X-Men this weekend, this may be your only other choice) and come back and comment and change my mind…NAH!
Throw Blended in the blender…maybe with some bananas and ice cream and some chocolate syrup…oohh, now there’s a treat to enjoy!
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Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
–T, The Focused Filmographer
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