Recently divorced mom Lauren (Drew Barrymore) and widowed dad Jim (Adam Sandler) let their friends push them into a blind date, which goes disastrously wrong. Unsurprisingly, neither wants to see the other ever again. However, fate intervenes when both Jim and Lauren, unbeknown to each other, purchase one-half of the same vacation package at a South African resort; they and their children are forced to share the same suite and participate in a slew of family activities together.
Release Date: May 23, 2014
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In true Adam Sandler fashion, there are many crude jokes, stereotyping, and loud humor. Yet unlike many Sandler films, there are moments of genuine sincerity and warm fuzzies. Sandler and Barrymore together are great. And while many will be turned off by his antics, in the end, it was a worthwhile and rather sentimental movie with a great message.
Parent's note: lots of sexual references and innuendo, some profanity and stereo typing.June 17th, 2014 · Details
Predictable, but great chemistry between Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. Nice message about the importance of role models for children.June 14th, 2014 · Details
PG-13, 1 hour 57 minutes
In a Nutshell:
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are paired together in their third romantic comedy. She seems to make him better. Despite Adam’s expected crass humor and offensive stereotypes, the film has some genuine laughs and several sweet moments and a family message. I can’t believe Sandler was able to get me to shed a tear during this film. In one scene, Drew Barrymore sings a sweet lullaby in a touching moment that surprised me.
•"Love is a many blended thing."
•“Being a man ain’t about pissing and moaning about everything, but dealing with what’s in front of you.” While that’s not exactly poetic, Adam Sandler offers a lesson to boys about how to be a man.
•“You gotta show up for your kids. It’s gotta be boring how reliable parents are.” Jim
•Family is everything.
Things I liked:
•Terry Crews is hilarious and borderline disgusting in every film he does. His character, Nickens, suddenly appears at random moments, dancing and chest-bouncing his way through scenes to the delight of the audience.
•I loved “visiting” Africa. I’d love to have dinner under the stars underneath that beautiful canopy in Africa at the resort.
•Drew Barrymore is aging gracefully and looked beautiful in this film.
•Alyvia Lind is absolutely adorable and should have a bright future in Hollywood.
•Maybe Adam Sandler really is growing up. He shot a scene with the kids laughing on a vibrating bed, rather than making it a dirty scene with predictable sex jokes.
•Riding an ostrich is on my Bucket List. Now, vacationing at the Sun City Resort in South Africa is on that list too.
•Adam Sandler is unexpectedly endearing when his daughter puts stickers all over his face. Maybe this was inspired by a real life moment with his two daughters, Sunny and Sadie.
•Check out the animal carvings in the chair backs at the African resort dining area.
Things I didn’t like:
•Knowing your ticket purchase paid for Adam Sandler’s luxurious trip to Africa is a bit annoying. (Actually, I saw the movie for free, but I was still annoyed.)
•There was a lot of merchandising in the movie. I wonder how much Hooters had to pay for their heavy advertising and prominent role in the flick. I did think the Hooters monkey band was pretty funny though. I’m assuming Adam Sandler selected Dick’s Sporting Goods for his film because he thought the name was hilarious. Grow up Adam.
•The film abounds with ridiculously contrived scenarios.
•Have you ever seen a gigantic giraffe tongue? Now you will. Ick.
•I suppose it’s not a proper Adam Sandler flick without at least one Transvestite.
•“I own him.” - Lou tells Lauren about her ability to manipulate her dad.
•“You just scared a zebra stripe in my pants.” - Jim
•“Three second rule!” - Who knew that counts when you drop a kid?
•“You should Rufie her and shave her head.” – Jen
•“We both need this.” - Jim when he fist bumps his daughter
Tips for parents: Classic Adam Sandler fills this flick with sex jokes and inappropriate humor. This is not a family-friendly film, despite being about blended families. There are just too many things I would not want my young children to see or hear in this movie.May 31st, 2014 · Details
Not sure if this film is worth your time. if you can overlook some of the sophomoric humor and enjoy the touching moments with the children in the cast then you will probably enjoy this film. There are good scenes in this film,but they are scattered throughout the story.May 30th, 2014 · Details
Adam Sandler should go back to Saturday Night live his movies have been so badMay 29th, 2014 · Details
It all sounds like one big massive three-ring circus, but at its chewy center is the genuinely adorable coupling of Sandler and Barrymore.
They are the main reason to see this awkward, but heartfelt movie and if you don’t care for them, you’ll want to see something else. I simply think they are good together and all the silliness surrounding them did not scare me off... See Full Review
After an episodic, badly plotted beginning, BLENDED picks up comical and emotional steam in Africa. Things become highly enjoyable as the movie hits its stride with a mix of funny, emotional and rewarding moments. Overall, it has a pro-family moral worldview. This positive, uplifting content is marred, however, by Romantic elements, foul language, light homosexual references and too many sexual innuendoes and references. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong caution... See Full Review
I think people just like to give an Adam Sandler movie a bad review before they even see it. Don't believe the bad reviews. Sandler's movies usually have a good 'moral to the story' and this one is no exception. Blended is funny and I enjoyed it much more than the other movie I saw this weekend (Godzilla). If you like comedy and just want to laugh and enjoy yourself, this movie is for you.May 26th, 2014 · Details
Sandler’s reputation for lowbrow humor remains intact in this production, although he stays just a step above the juvenile antics and locker room jokes in Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2. He is the hero as usual—in this case a father trying to remain strong despite the loss of his wife and his children’s mother. And there is nothing like the word cancer to bring seriousness to a screenplay. The movie also addresses an issue more and more people are facing, that of blending families. But while the script is bold enough to make assertions like two parents are better than one, girls need moms, boys need dads, and being boringly reliable as a parent is good, it isn’t gutsy enough to leave out the glut of crude jokes and make this a family film the entire family could attend... See Full Review
Most of the jokes are disappointingly lazy, as usual in Sandler films. These are joke-ish, not actual jokes. In one scene, Jimmy’s youngest daughter (a darling Emma Fuhrmann) looks in a mirror and realizes that what she thought was cute kitty cat make-up face paint applied by her father was a mess. She screams that she looks like the “Walking Dead.” This is supposed to be funny because she is surprised that it looks different from what she envisioned and because a little kid knows about “The Walking Dead.”
But it’s such a sloppy, easy, cheap joke, and it’s a sloppy, easy, cheap movie. Sandler should keep working with Drew Barrymore, and next time he should also film a script that has had more than one draft... See Full Review