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Blended: Rated “PG-13” (1 hr. 57 min.)

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Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Bella Thorne, Terry Crews, Wendi McLendon-Covey

Directed by: Frank Coraci

Let’s be clear about this, Adam Sandler (as are his films) is something of an acquired taste, Some of them are very good, while others are ghod-awful, and it is never really clear from the trailer which will be which. Still, from the trailer to Blended (and from reviews we read from other critics), we thought that this movie was going to tip in on the awful side, only, after viewing it for our self, we have to reverse that opinion, as it turned out to be actually quite entertaining, with several actual Laugh out loud moments.

The film reunites Sandler and Drew Barrymore for their third outing (The Wedding Singer in ‘98 and 50 First Dates in ’04 being their first two pairings) for another entertaining flick. The premise of this film is that after a really bad blind first date, Jim (Sandler) and Lauren (Barrymore) each single parents (Jim due to the death of his wife to cancer, and Lauren newly divorced from a philandering husband) find themselves stuck together at an African resort for “blended” families — that is to say families that are composed of members of different “actual” families that are now one family via divorce and remarriage.

As can be expected (because this is yet another Sandler/Barrymore rom-com), the two start off disliking each other, but through re-connecting and actually getting to know each other they discover that they are actually attracted to each other and their respective kids (Lauren’s two boys, and Jim’s three girls) each benefit from the burgeoning relationship, as well as getting to know each other and how well they all are able to interact with each other.

To be sure, there were some very uncomfortable moments in the film (the Black Africans in the film sound like Jamaicans, and act like Southern Slaves whose jobs it is to entertain their White masters, while some of the humor is decidedly Sandler-inspired uncomfortable and in-your-face stuff, but underneath all of this is a truly heartwarming story of a pair of single parents who want to be everything for their kids and are just trying to find a small bit of time to gain a small bit of happiness on their own. Honestly, not everyone will enjoy this film as much as we did, but it really is a fun tale, and doesn’t deserve all fo the bad press that it has racked up.

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Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews.

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