Film Review: “Blended” (2014)


Directed by: Frank Coraci

Written by: Ivan Menchell, Clare Sera

Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Kevin Nealon, Terry Crews, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Emma Fuhrmann, Bella Thorne, Braxton Beckham, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Joel McHale, Kyle Red Silverstein, Zak Henri

There are not that many actors in Hollywood who ‘complete’ each other in their movies.  Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate WInslet made two films together: “Titanic” and “Readers”, which earned Kate an Academy Award. Another pair who complete one another are Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.

Adam Sandler has not made that many good, or should I put it this way- ‘memorable’ films in his 20-year career, except those that he has made with Drew Barrymore. Unlike Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore has made a couple of very good films, such as Donnie Darko, Charlie`s Angels, Scream, Duplex, Music and Lyrics,  and many more. Drew has emerged to be one of the most talented actresses of her generation. It’s always interesting to see any new project from her, especially when Adam Sandler shares the screen with her.

Unarguably, seeing both actors teaming up together for the third time after “The Wedding Singer” and “50 First Dates”, does delight us the way we would expect.  We expect to see another film with magic, drama, comedy, and hilarious moments peppered with unforgettable sentimental scenes. For both actors, it is not first time they have worked with director Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer and The Water Boy).  Both actors are familiar with how well Frank Coraci can handle and manipulate a story to deliver a script which is deliciously funny for the whole family.  He uses his extremely talented cast and knows how to present them to the audience.

Drew plays Lauren, a recently divorced mother of two.  She is too busy with work and her kids to look for a soul mate. Sandler plays Jim, a father of three- all girls.  He becomes a substitute ‘Mother’ for his daughters after his wife loses her battle with cancer. It`s been a long time since Jim (Sandler) and Lauren (Barrymore) have been on a date, and their inexperience, or rather their ‘unwillingness’ to have a blind date, shows, when they agree to be set up by some mutual friends. Their first date does not go very well, and they promise to not see each other again. After all, their lives are busy enough with their kids.

After Lauren’s friends cancel their vacation to Africa, Lauren accepts her girlfriend’s tickets.  At the same time, Jim calls his boss – who offers her girlfriend`s boyfriend`s ticket and he accepts it without Lauren`s knowledge.  Consequently, they meet again in Africa.  This time they have no choice but to see each other every day and deal with their kids; without noticing how they are slowly falling for each other.

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore undoubtedly share a great chemistry. “Blended” is one of those movies where we see this chemistry as never before. There is something sweet and emotional in the performance of both actors.  The respect they have for each other shows through on the big screen.

“Blended” can hardly be considered one of the best films ever.  However, “Blended” is amazingly beautiful and is most likely the best film Sandler has made in a long time. It`s quite entertaining and sweet while remaining absolutely harmless. The jokes in the film may not be original; however, we still smile because Barrymore and Sandler are the ones who deliver them.

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