What we thought:
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore pair up for
their third stint together in Blended, and while the two did strike it lucky
with The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates, this isn’t one of their best.
I have to admit when the trailer came out
it felt like this would be another version of Just Go With It, with the only
main differences being that it was set
in South Africa and not Hawaii and with a slight plot change.
Drew Barrymore plays Lauren, a single
mother who is left to raise her sons after she divorces her cheating,
egotistical husband. He’s a deadbeat dad who shows no interest in his children,
he doesn’t show up for important games and even cancels their spring holiday
trip. Adam Sandler plays Jim, a widower and devoted dad to three girls. The
pair go on a blind date from hell and by chance they end up going on a Safari
in South Africa together with their families.
The plot is quite predictable as we can see
where it is going right from the beginning and it gets there through the tried
and tested Sandler formula of slapstick and sentimentality bordering on cheesy very
cheesy, as in Cheese Curls cheesy!
The standard fair of lame jokes and clichéd
characters and situations are served. There are also two very awkward cameos by
Shaquille O' Neal and Terry Crews.
Terry Crews plays the crooner of a singing
troupe who pops up in the most awkward of moments. It’s funny in the beginning
but it soon wears off as it becomes a bit overbearing. It feels like an
extension of Crews’ horrible Ego advert persona. And yes, expect pectoral
Sandler reprises his role of smart mouthed jerk, which seems to be his character in every single
movie! He looks scruffy, rundown and just tired. His character does have some
redeeming qualities as he is a devoted father and there are some sweet fatherly
Barrymore brings the star quality though. She
is refreshing to watch,convincing in her
role as mother and has good comedic timing.
Another notable mention is the youngest
cast member Alyvia Alyn Lind who plays Sandler’s youngest daughter Lou. Most of
the genuine laughs are brought on by her.
And Africa? Stereotypes abound. Tribal
dancing, wild animals and there is even a performing monkey band. It definitely
will give a tourism boost for the luxury resort, Sun City.
The movie had all the ingredients for a
good family movie but everything just didn’t blend well together.
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