Blended (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Lurching between slapstick and schmaltz without showing much of a commitment to either, Blended commits the rare Sandler sin of provoking little more than boredom.


Movie Info

After a disastrous blind date, single parents Lauren and Jim agree on only one thing: they never want to see each other again. But when they each sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week in "Blended," the third comedy collaboration between stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.(c) Warner Bros

Rating: PG-13 (for crude and sexual content, and language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ivan Menchell, Clare Sera
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 26, 2014
Box Office: $46.3M
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Blended

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (30)

It seems that miracles do happen in modern cinema. It's warm, funny, tender, serious and ( ... ) decidedly old fashioned. There's no swearing, no pandering to repeated toilet gags and the 'gross-out' market is all but ignored.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Birmingham Mail

Hasn't Africa suffered enough?

Full Review… | October 3, 2014
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

I wish "Blended" were more a family ensemble dramedy and not a Barrymore and Sandler vehicle that rips off of "Yours, Mine and Ours."

Full Review… | September 18, 2014
Cinema Crazed

Adam Sandler fans who are members of blended families may love it the most. All others will wish Blended had the courage to include more identifiable human moments and fewer screwing rhinos.

Full Review… | August 25, 2014
Aisle Seat

Blessedly written by someone who's not Sandler--and it's almost passable, even palatable ... until the movie throws in vagina-size jokes. And passes off tomboys as weird non-men. And goes to "Africa."

Full Review… | August 6, 2014
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Typical Sandler contrived comedy, with more heart and the likeable Drew Barrymore to help keep the African safari-themed absurdity and crudity to tolerant levels.

Full Review… | July 5, 2014
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Audience Reviews for Blended

½

Perfect chemistry Barrymore and Sandler is back.

Great Movie!!! I truly loved this film. It was heart warming, fun and had me laughing several times. Yes, it's totally predictable but that can sometimes be OK. The lower ratings on this film are too harsh. This is actually a sweet comedy where two individuals who initially repel each other grow to like each other. The added touches are the children in this film, who are not only hilarious but also bring out the parental qualities in Drew and Sandler's characters. If you are looking for a feel good movie, with great one liners, Cherry on top due to Drew and Adam Sandler's presence, see this.

After a blind date gone horribly wrong, Jim and Lauren agree they never, ever want to see each other again. Well, that's all about to change when the two find themselves and their respective families (including children) all stuck together in one suite at an African Safari vacation spot.

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Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

So sue me, I kind of liked this bad movie.
It's not without it's faults, and The Wedding Singer it is definitely not, but it has a sweetness which has been missing from Adam Sandler's more recent films. There's gross out humour, but it's at a minimum thankfully, and just about gets away with not being revolting.
Drew and Adam just seem to work very well on screen as a couple.
Premise is that the pair, Jim and Lauren, who are both single parents, go on a disastrous blind date. Jim takes Lauren to Hooters, drinks her beer and then receives an "emergency" call to get away. Both vow never to see each other again.
By a fluke, it turns out that Lauren's best friend is dating Jim's boss. When their relationship hits a hurdle (he has 5 kids she didn't know about) they decide not to use the ticket for an African holiday for "blended" families . You can see where this one is going - unknown to each other, Lauren asks her friend and Jim asks his boss if they can use the tickets, thinking it would be a perfect holiday for their kids. They wind up in the resort together, staying in the same suite as both have lied and said they are the original party.
I expected the African bit to be cringeworthy, and it was, but still could have been worse. Somehow I didn't hate it.
The story with the teenage daughter who is mistaken for a boy constantly was sweet.
It felt like this movie referenced the 80's a lot - for example the awkward girl falls for a guy named Jake. There's a reference to Weird Al and it also echoed The Wedding Singer. The scene with Jim and Lauren's ex was very similar to the one with Julia and Lynda. Even Alexis Arquette appears - in drag as a woman.
It's a bit too long and the last scene was unnecessary - the movie would have been sweeter if it had have ended with the kiss and not gone for laughs. It also gets a bit cloying with the family values at the end. I could have done without the shots of Lauren's friend covered in kids and what I hope was chocolate all over her cheek. However it is a family comedy, so I can acknowledge that others may find that sweet.
I would watch this again.

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Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

For a comedy it's severely light on gags, especially ones that land, and on the drama side it's hammy and confused. But it's far from the worst of Adam Sandler's films. Full review later.

TomBowler
Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

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