117 Min | Comedy | May 2014
IMDB Rating: 5.8
Director: Frank Coraci
Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Wendi McLendon-Covey
Blended Review: Blended is quite funny, will appeal to families as well as young couples and ain’t that half bad in terms of generating a few laughs. Even though the movie is highly predictable as more than the average funny romances are, it does have some cracking moments. Particularly, the basketball dance sequences, the singing band that reminds the audience of where the pair are at in terms of their seemingly “ill-fait” relationship and Barrymore’s paragliding debacle. Literally, the entire movie theatre was in stitches for the best part of this movie. It’s a hit with kids.
When I first saw the title “Blended”, it really doesn’t make much sense – other than unconventional families feature quite prominently throughout the film. Newly single Lauren (Barrymore) and Jim (Sandler), by the closing scenes, come together as one and personify one big, frightened and cooky “blended” family. That’s really all there is to the title. But surely Warner Bros. Could have conjured up a much more appealing and, woo, dare. The movie’s title is briefly referred to towards the end of the film, but only superficially and can easily be missed. Barrymore never fails to remind us how her film roots lie in her early juvenile roles since E.T. That cheeky smile and the scenes especially with Sandler’s youngest daughter in the movie, are comedy genius.
Although it is to be said Sandler plays probably the same character in every movie he stars in, he does do a good job in getting a few laughs out of us. The performances by the supporting cast was also pretty on par with the overall standard of the movie. There isn’t really a pointless character in Blended. Each will make you laugh, whilst at the same time, bore you to death with some recycled gags from the 90s. Even though Sandler’s been in a ton of bad slapstick and pathetic excuses for comedic films, you cannot deny the chemistry between he and Barrymore is pure Hollywood gold. They just work too well together and it’s no doubt major Hollywood studios have capitalised on the pair’s undeniable genuine attraction in the characters they portray.