Have you ever been on a blind date? Not just any blind date, but the blind date you wished never happened and would end quickly? That’s what happened when Lauren (Drew Barrymore) agreed to meet Jim (Adam Sandler) for a blind date at Hooters in today’s movie: Blended. Before they know it they find themselves, and their children, stuck together on an unconventional ‘blended family’ week at a resort in South Africa. While on vacation the kids benefit from the inevitable.
I hesitated before deciding to see it because the critics were a bit harsh. I suggest you ignore the critics and see this movie. Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore still have the onscreen magic they had in “The Wedding Singer” and “50 First Dates.” They still play off each other perfectly and created a hilarious, sweet and entertaining movie without a complicated storyline.
I like that Sandler, who also produced Blended, used South Africa as the backdrop. They showed enough of it to be enjoyable without distracting from the movie. I’m not convinced Blended is a good family movie, only because it does have some scenes that aren’t really appropriate, or good examples, for the younger kids. Not just kissing, but there were times when the cartoonish, but memorable lounge singer, portrayed by Terry Crews, was a gyrating a bit much for my taste.
Regardless, the movie was funny just about right form the very start. The comedic moments and jokes are nice. They’re delivered in a neat flow, not forcing you to laugh all the time and lose some of it along the way, and not so distant in between that it starts to feel like a drama.
For this movie, I think the critics just need to take it for what it is. It’s fluffy, a bit of fun and fills a couple of hours in our ever burdened lives with entertainment. Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in a summer movie are a guilty pleasure.