Adam Sandler’s brand of comedy today is a far cry from his man-child humor like Happy Gilmore and The Waterboy that made him so popular in the beginning of his career. Sure, the horrible Grown Ups franchise has made a ton of money, but you wouldn’t catch me laughing at deers peeing or Shaq as a dancing cop. Don’t even get me started on the wretchedness that was Jack and Jill, but now comes a glitter of hope for Sandler. His old on-screen flame Drew Barrymore is back with him in the new film Blended. The question is, do Sandler and Barrymore still share the same onscreen chemistry as they did ten years ago? And if so, can they overcome all the lame juvenile laughs we have become accustomed to with Sandler’s Happy Madison films?
Blended tries to be a sweet movie about the trials and tribulations of dating when you are a man or woman with kids. Instead, Blended turns into an unfunny mess about two bad parents who ignore their kids’ problems and somehow end up on an African vacation together. You would think we would get some fish out of water jokes that could have actually worked with the families traveling to Africa. Wrong! Blended decided to go the horny momma’s boy route or a girl named Larry that keeps getting mistaken for a boy. Add in some goofy African singers led by Terry Crewes and you get exactly what you would expect from a modern-day Adam Sandler film. An entirely too long attempt at comedy that tries to pluck your heart-strings only to leave you rolling your eyes. The crazy thing is the over-played jokes aren’t the worst part of Blended.
No – the bad breath, farts and other bodily fluids jokes are not the low point of Blended. The biggest problem with Blended is the use of Sandler and Barrymore. I am not one of those critics that bashes this coupling. The Wedding Singer landed on my article ‘The 4: Chick Flicks‘ and I think 50 First Dates is heartbreaking and sweet. The creators of Blended seemed to forget that the chemistry between Adam and Drew comes from them being together – not being at each other throats as two single parents who go out on a bad blind date followed by a joint vacation neither of them wanted to be on with the one another.
Blended waits too long to finally show off the on-screen connection Sandler and Barrymore still share. By the time the audience does get what they want, the damage from all the bad jokes has already been done. There was the potential for an entertaining movie with a heart, but Blended decided to ignore any subject matter that would have actually made the audience feel something for these characters.
Overall, I give Blended 1 out of 4 stars.
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