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Movie Review: Blended.

Directed By: Frank Coraci.

Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Terry Crews, Kevin Nealon and Joel McHale.

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.

Blended is the third pairing of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. They have previously worked on The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates, both movies that I like. In recent years Adam Sandler hasn't impressed me, with films like Grown Ups and Jack and Jill. So going into Blended, I didn't have high expectations and I was pleasantly surprised.

Adam Sandler stars as Jim, he has three daughters and he is thrust into a blind date with Lauren (Drew Barrymore) who has two sons, they have the worst blind date in history. Over a magic coincidence, these two characters and their families end up on a trip to Africa where the two families are forced to pretend like one big family and cliches ensue. At first these two main characters hate each other and of course in the end.....they don't.

So the big question you're all probably wondering is; "is this movie terrible?". And no its not! This is honestly one of Adam Sandler's better movies in recent years. He and Drew Barrymore still have brilliant chemistry and watching them two on screen together again was nice. I wouldn't say this movie is as good as The Wedding Singer or 50 First Dates but its not bad, I actually had a fun time watching this movie.

It has some genuinely funny moments, accompanied by Adam Sandler's brand of just complete randomness that is mostly not funny. So yes, I did laugh now and again but these laughs weren't frequent enough, that I can actually class this movie as funny. If anything I found the movie to be more touching than funny. There are a few scenes that were genuinely heart felt, especially scenes involving Sandler and his daughters.

Terry Crews has a small role where he will just sing whatever the hell is happening in a scene, similar to an Oompa Loompa in Willy Wonka. I thought he was going to be the best part of the movie but after a while he honestly started to annoy me, and that was more the character than Terry Crews. Kevin Nealon shows up because this is an Adam Sandler movie and he was funny as usual. And then Joel McHale plays the cliched, asshole, dad in the movie.

Lauren's kids annoyed me in the movie but the three girls who plays Jim's daughters actually surprised me, they all have a small but full character arc and I thought they gave some good performances. There was actually one scene where I admit, I almost teared up because Jim and his daughters in the film had such good, emotional scenes. We learn at the beginning of the movie that Jim's wife had died of cancer, and seeing how the three daughters dealt with this was actually quite sad.

I can't really recommend you go out and see this film but if you do, I think you'll enjoy it, its not great but it has some genuinely heartfelt moments and a few laughs. A lot of people seem to have this idea that I despise Adam Sandler, and I don't. I'm just fed up of his stupid comedies, and I think he is too. His old comedies are good and he's actually very good in dramatic roles, in this movie he gets to have some dramatic scenes with his daughters where I thought he was very good but obviously he also gets to be wacky and stupid in some scenes. Drew Barrymore was good in the movie and again her and Sandler have terrific chemistry and they were great to watch on screen.

What surprised me about this movie was actually how invested I was in the film and the characters, I was rooting for Jim and Lauren to end up together (even thought you know they will) and I was actually emotionally invested in the story with Jim and his daughters.

This movie is completely predictable and cliched, most of it isn't funny but now and again it would make me laugh and I thought a lot of it was touching. I'll watch it again if it goes on Netflix because it did entertain me for its 2 hour Run Time. This isn't a great movie, I'd say its enjoyable and entertaining for what it is, so surprisingly I'm going to give BLENDED a C+.


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