Blended far from best
ADAM Sandler’s latest offering Blended is like one long, bad dad joke. And like all terrible dad jokes, it’s very occasionally amusing, but most of the time gags are met with cringey silence, or those awkward, embarrassed “I can’t believe you just said that” kind of laughs.
Anything that initially gets a chuckle is milked for all it’s worth and repeated several times throughout over the oh- so- long 117- minute runtime.
In Blended, Sandler continues his streak of disastrous family comedies, but ropes Drew Barrymore in for the ride as well.
It’s the first time the pair have appeared onscreen since the 2004 rom- com 50 First Dates, and 16 years since they first won audiences over with their adorable charm in The Wedding Singer. But this isn’t anywhere near the same league as those beloved films.
In Blended, they star as single parents Lauren and Jim, who are paired together on a disastrous first date. Each hoping to never see the other again, they find themselves and their children stuck at the same African family resort for a holiday.
Lauren has two uncontrollable sons she doesn’t understand, and Jim has three girls he cluelessly treats like boys, going as far as giving them pageboy haircuts and calling the oldest Larry instead of Hilary. But of course, Lauren and Jim’s motherly/ fatherly presence begins to bring the families closer.
This is an awkward, silly family comedy packed with horrendous stereotypes, but there are brief moments that work.
When Barrymore sings the three girls to sleep, reminding them of their late mother, it’s quite touching.
Barrymore herself is also a plus to the film, her likeable on- screen presence making it more bearable. But then they flash to a shot of rhinos humping, or another scene with Terry Crews prancing about, or yet another juvenile slapstick comedy gag. You get the idea.
There’s a cricket reference that Aussies will no doubt latch onto and several nods to The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates.
However, while these are meant to be a little wink to fans, they instead serve as a reminder of what you’re actually missing out on.
As a family comedy, this is lazy, lazy, lazy, but you can see young kids getting a kick out of it. For adults, your best bet is to go in with severely low expectations.
As a movie for fans of Sandler and Barrymore’s delightful Wedding Singer/ 50 First Dates combo – just stay at home with those DVDs instead. BLENDED Now showing Village Cinemas