As a mom, when I see a movie talking about family and parenting and all the things us parents do, I really give the movie a shot. When I see a pair I have loved in the past, like Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore (The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates), it makes me excited cause how could their chemistry go wrong? Well, in Warner Brothers latest, Blended, it isn’t the chemistry that goes wrong… it’s the killing perfectly synched moments by throwing in a childish and amateur joke or gag because why? I don’t know, maybe scenes were feeling too real?
In Blended we meet two single parents, Jim (Adam Sandler), a widower and dad of 3 girls and Lauren (Drew Barrymore), a newly divorced mom of 2 boys. After being set up on a blind date, that goes as wrong as it can for two people still uneasy about dating again, then after an awkward (mom of masturbating teen seeks porn mag she destroyed bumps into dad buying his teenage daughter tampons), their credit cards get switched. When Jim tries to return Lauren’s card, Lauren’s best friend Jen (Wendi McClendon-Covey), rushes in proclaiming her relationship with (coincidentally) Jim’s boss is over cause he has 5 kids and now their vacation to South Africa is up for the taking. Unknowingly, they each buy a piece of the vacation, and thus, run into each other right there in the resort. While there, they connect on parenting stories and methods, while each connecting to each other’s families and love is in the air, kinda.
I don’t want to say this film is horrible, cause it isn’t. There are moments where I was nodding my head in agreeance of what parenting was like. There were moments on screen between Drew and Adam where I was like, awwwwww, I love them. But every time the story was beginning to transcend from screen to heart, it was full of not funny joke, clearly meant to entertain the kids in the audience more than the audience as a whole. There is an ongoing gag of African musicians, fronted by Terry Crews, that yes… is actually funny, but they maybe should have used it a little less. Kevin Nealon and Shaquile O’Neal each also appear and have a funny moment or two. But again, just when there was some momentum, it was quickly slashed.
I get it guys. You wanted to make a movie the whole family can see and you did it by filling it when childish humor (although, props for not making poop or fart jokes). It’s true….the whole family can actually go see it together (minus a few masturbating jokes which will go over little ones heads and leave the tweens blushing). It’s clean, wholesome and it does accentuate family in the non-nuclear sense (step parents, LGBT parents, May/December, etc…). But in trying to please all, it peaks and falls too often to be worth watching again.
Blended is Rated PG-13 and opens May 23.