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‘Blended’: Sandler and Barrymore will keep you laughing while finding love

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Blind dates can be a nightmare, especially when both parties go into the date thinking that it will fail. This hilarious story shows a different look into blending two different families together with hope they somehow fall in love.

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Lauren Reynolds (Drew Barrymore) is recently divorced with two kids and owns her own business organizing closets. Jim Friedman (Adam Sandler) who has three kids recently lost his wife to cancer and works at the local “Dick’s Sporting Goods”. Together they both decide to go on a blind date. They meet at the local “Hooters” and things look bleak from the beginning. Lauren assumes Jim will be a loser because of the way he dresses and the restaurant he chooses. From there the date does not go well and it seems as if they both wanted it to fail. Finally, Jim pulls the emergency call bit to get out of the date early.

Jim’s three daughters, Hilary (Bella Thorne), Espn (Emma Fuhrmann), and Lou (Alyvia Alyn Lind) are struggling not having their mother and being raised by a sports minded father. Hilary, a high school student, is an excellent basketball player and is having trouble meeting boys because of the clothes she wears. Espn, a middle school student, misses her mother so much that she still sees her presence. While Lou, in elementary, enjoys trying to find happiness for her father.

Lauren’s two sons, Brendan (Braxton Beckham) and Tyler (Kyle Red Silverstein) are also having troubles of their own without their father, Mark (Joel McHale), being around enough. Brendan is really into girls and is having trouble knowing how to appropriately win them over. As for Tyler he is overly active and has trouble keeping a sense of control which affects Lauren emotionally.

Jim and Lauren find that they keep running into each other and sometimes needing the other for advice or help with things from someone of the opposite sex. When Lauren’s friend and co-worker Jen (Wendi McLendon-Covey) has to give up a vacation for couples and their families to Africa, Lauren feels that this is what her family needs. Jim learns that Jen was dating his boss Dick and he tries to get the same vacation for him and the girls. When both families arrive in Africa they discover that they have to share everything.

Director Frank Coraci does an excellent job with the storyline and giving a different view into the beginning of new relationships. Single after forty with children can be tough for most people and trying to find another soul mate can be even more difficult especially with kids. Coraci gives us an interesting look into two people finding each other after experiencing many different events together. He goes even further when inserting the excellent comedy that Adam Sandler is known to have in his films. The usual set of characters are present as they are in Adam’s other films, but instituted in a way that kept me rolling throughout.

Another fantastic film from both Sandler and Barrymore (“The Wedding Singer”, and “50 First Dates”), that is funny throughout. With an excellent storyline this film is worth its weight in gold.

Final Grade: I give this an A for its entertaining and emotional storyline, along with fantastic comedy scheme.

Release Date: May 23, 2014

Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Bella Thorne, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Emma Fuhrmann, Kyle Red Silverstein, Zak Henri, Braxton Beckham, Terry Crews, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Abdoulaye NGom, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kevin Nealon.

Director: Frank Coraci

Writer: Ivan Menchell, and Clare Sera.

Runtime: 117 minutes (1 hour 57 minutes)

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

Genre: Comedy

Production Company: Warner Brothers, Gulfstream Pictures, and Happy Madison Productions.


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