Adam Sandler is a funny comedian but Blended continues a streak of films in which he is not challenged as an actor.
Nevermind the amount of slapstick comedy in the film that drew many laughs during the early screening I saw Thursday night, the film continues a series in which Sandler doesn’t hit the mark. I have great respect for Sandler. He’s one of my must-watch comedians when he makes appearances on talk shows but he’s hit a point in his career in which his films just come off as stale or bored.
There’s a reason why Grown Ups 2 saw many Razzie nominations. And what was up with Jack and Jill?!?
What I did enjoy about Blended was the chemistry between Sandler and co-star Drew Barrymore. It’s their third film together so it’s not like they haven’t worked together before. It’s clear that they are having fun together on screen.
Frank Coraci directs from a screenplay written by Ivan Menchell & Clare Sera. Caraci previously directed The Wedding Singer and Click.
Sandler plays Jim Friedman, the widowed father of three daughters that he is raising as tomboys. Barrymore is the divorced mother of two sons–one of which is coming to age.
Bella Thorne, Emma Fuhrmann and Alyvia Alyn Lind appear as Jim’s daughters while Kyle Red Silverstein and Braxton Beckham are Lauren’s sons.
Wendi McLendon-Covey plays Lauren’s best friend, Jen, while Community‘s Joel McHale is her ex-husband Mark. Kevin Nealon and Jessica Lowe co-star as Eddy and Ginger, a couple vacationing at the resort. Terry Crews is the resort’s singing host. Dan Patrick and Shaquille O’Neal are featured in small cameo roles.
The two of them go on a disastrous blind date at Hooters of all places. It’s so horrible that they agree never to see each other again. However, a turn of events sees them sign up, unknowingly, for the same family vacation at a South African safari resort for a week. What happens…well, that’s predictable in this romantic family comedy because it’s the same cliches in every film.
I agree with Screencrush’s Mike Ryan when it comes to the film. It’s not terrible at all–if I’m laughing at a comedy, the film is doing the job it is supposed to do. It’s the fact that the Blended is “lazy and every single one of these types of Sandler movies makes me more and more sad about what could have been.”
I have hope that Adam Sandler realizes one day in the near future of what kind of actor he can truly be.