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'Blended' wins family hearts

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Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore reunite in the latest romantic comedy “Blended”. Directed by Frank Coraci (‘The Wedding Singer’, ‘Click’) giving fans of slapstick comedy a new dose of fun with familiar faces in unexpected situations.

The story starts off slowly finding newly single parents Jim (Sandler) and Lauren (Barrymore) trying to move on with their romantic lives – even though they can hardly understand, or handle, their respective children and lives. After an awful blind date they are convinced neither one is a perfect match, but all that changes after they get stuck in a family vacation in Africa.

Writers Clare Serra and Ivan Menchell create nuances, and dialogue for each character in the story that are both endearing and relatable. The idea of a family vacation might not be new for the audience but it is the perfect platform for family dysfunction to be in the spotlight – from first teenage love to making new bonds across the generation gap. The ingredients in “Blended” work perfectly to talk about that the idea of family is different – and is all a matter of point of view.

“Blended” is a gentler type of comedy, the jokes and settings are harmless and ridiculous from time to time, but that is the idea when it comes to family and a PG-13 rating. Sandler and Barrymore work well with each other, and fans will be delighted to see them take on more suitable characters, as well as other favorites making cameos throughout the film.


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