Running Time: 1 hour 57 minutes
A disastrous blind date leave Jim (Adam Sandler) and Lauren (Drew Barrymore) certain that they never want to see each other again, but when the friends who set them up break up, they each jump to take advantage of a once in a lifetime trip to Africa with their families. Once they arrive at the resort, they realize that they are at a weeklong event for blended families and that they will be forced to spend this trip together. Slowly but surely, as Jim and Lauren see each other with their kids and begin to relax around each other, they realize that maybe there is a second chance to make a first impression.
This is the first Adam Sandler movie that I have enjoyed since Grown Ups. I think it is time to retire his buffoonish man-child persona and do more movies like this where he can draw on his real-life experiences as a father. There is also something to be said about the remarkable chemistry that he and Drew Barrymorehave. The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates and now Blended are some of the best movies that either of them have done. Sandler is never sweeter and more vulnerable than he is with Barrymore and she is never more charming and appealing than when you are seeing her through his eyes.
This movie is populated with just enough wacky characters to keep you laughing without beating you over the head with its jokes. Terry Crews as a cheesy resort singer who keeps popping up everywhere and Wendi McLendon-Covey as Lauren’s acerbic best friend, stand out among a crowded secondary cast. The kids also manage to be funny without it looking like they are trying too hard to be adorable. I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention how spectacular the South African resort looked. It vaulted South Africa way up my list of places I want to visit. Blended offered a good combination of humor and emotion and healthy dose of one of the best on-screen couples of the last 20 years. B+