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'Blended' is more of the same from Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are back for their third movie together in Blended.
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are back for their third movie together in Blended.
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Blended

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Release date: May 23, 2013

Directed by: Frank Coraci

Written by: Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera

Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore,

Adam Sandler clearly knows what his audiences like about his past movies, whether or not those movies have hit or missed. “Blended” may not be as immature as most Sandler movies, but to a fault, it relies to heavily on the same jokes, gags, and cameos that have been done over and over and over again.

The plot is so ludicrous that it feels like a rehashed episode of “The Simpsons”. Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore play two divorcees, who, after a disastrous blind date, ridiculously end up on an African safari vacation with their respective families, Sandler and his three tomboy daughters, Barrymore and her two devilishly, devious sons. Of course nobody gets along at first but they realize their first impressions where skewed and they may just be what is missing from each others lives.

Unfortunately, hilarity does not ensue, unless you’re fond off all the good jokes from better Sandler movies getting rehashed in a less funny way. Love “Happy Gilmore”, “Big Daddy”, “Chuck and Larry”, or even – gasp – the “Grown Ups” duo? You’re in luck, because “Blended” almost literally “blends” everything that was funny in those movies into two hours of immature slapstick.

Clearly, this movie was the brainchild of a dream that Adam and Drew would be able to recapture the lightning in a bottle chemistry they shared in “50 First Dates” and “Wedding Singer”. That chemistry is there, in all-too-brief glances, but more often than not, they seem like they are just going through the motions. Either that or they know they are just limited by the childish and goofy script.

Despite the fact there is a really heavy handed theme about "blended families" don’t be fooled into thinking this is a family friendly movie. Parents beware. There is a restrained Sandler at play here, most of the jokes relying on typical slapstick and gross out jokes. Terry Crews is the only one who seems to be having any real fun though. Even though his burst in musical numbers seem like a "SNL" sketch that runs on for too long.

The Sandler frat boy humor is there, and somehow, so are the brief flashes of brilliance the comic actor has been able to show every now and then since he was booted from SNL and launched his movie career. But it’s just never enough to elevate this above a mildly amusing, disjointed comedy.

Running time: 117 mins.

Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, and language