Over the last few years Adam Sandler has struggled to recapture the box office gold of his glory days. While Grown Ups did well enough to spawn a sequel, is just didn’t live up to the critics scrutiny. His latest, Blended, teams him back up with Drew Barrymore with whom he has had precious success with. With a great supporting cast including Kevin Nealon, Terry Crews, Wendy McLendon-Covey, and Joel McHale could this be a return to form or will it be another notch in the coffin of his once bright career?
Blended follows two single parents who agree to never see each other again after a blind date gone horribly wrong, but when both families end up stuck together in a suite in an African Safari vacation spot that is all about to change. The trailers for this film had some amusing moments, but for the most part looked like it was going to just be more of the silly nonsense that has become common with Sandler’s films these days, but instead it was something different. The beginning of the film felt a bit forced and looked as though it was going to be a struggle to get through, but once they go to the African leg of the story things picked up quite a bit. While they story is a bit far-fetched on numerous levels it still managed to work pretty well. The chemistry between Sandler and Barrymore is still there and that helps this story to move forward more smoothly. The supporting cast all do a fine job bringing their characters into the fold, but most notably the always fun to watch Terry Crews who has little dialogue, but instead just randomly shows up to sing and it is funny. This film had some silly moments, but for the most part they kept things more straightforward and the African setting gave it a beautiful visual aspect. There are a few jokes that fall flat and the overall direction is predictable, but as a whole it worked surprisingly well.
This film is still a far cry of Sandler’s early great comedies, but it is a step in the right direction and one that is sure to entertain. On a side note, this film may actually be more entertaining for those with kids as they can relate to some of the situations, but that shouldn’t outcast any of the kid less either. If you were a fan of any of the previous outings of Sandler and Barrymore then you will most likely enjoy this one as well.