Monday, September 22, 2014



Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore


May 23, 2014

Frank Coraci

Warner Bros. Pictures

1 hour 57 minutes



Gotta love Adam Sandler and his annual 2 hour montages of fart jokes, family messages, and PG-13 low-brow humor, right?  Well, most critics certainly don't, but audiences usually do, as Sandler keeps churning these types of flicks out year after year.  The last time the majority of people believe he made a good comedy was with Drew Barrymore in the 2004 flick "50 First Dates."  I guess it only fits that he eventually teams up with his "Wedding Singer" co-star for a third go-around, so here we are now with the new PG-13 family comedy "Blended."  Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are single parents who have a bad first date and end up booking a trip together with their children to Africa.  Of course, with this being a Sandler movie, shenanigans ensue.  However, where other movies from the comedian's catalog go for the most juvenile and dumbest humor out there, this one has some heart thrown into the mix too.  Not even forced emotions, but rather sequences that are genuinely interesting and believable overall.

Don't get me wrong, this film has a lot of bad jokes and stupid sequences that just make you look in disgust, but for what it's worth, "Blended" isn't that bad a film.  I could be saying this just because I happen to enjoy Sandler's other movies, but for me, this was a pleasant enough film for me that I can actually recommend.  I can recommend it especially now since it's out on DVD waiting to be rented or bought for a family movie night.  Kids will enjoy it for the physical humor, parents will most likely laugh and relate to the situations Sandler and Barrymore have, and the whole family overall will feel satisfied at the end of the day.  Plus, this movie has Terry Crews using his physique appropriately and sporting a mediocre African accent.  How can you possibly go wrong with that?

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