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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.

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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
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PG-13 (for crude and sexual content, and language)
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Comedy
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Cast

Bella Thorne
as Hilary
Terry Crews
as Nickens
Jessica Lowe
as Ginger
Zak Henri
as Jake
Jackie Sandler
as Hollywood Stepmom
Sunny Sandler
as Wall Street Stepdaughter
Sadie Sandler
as Little League Announcer
Judith Sandler
as Little League Announcer's Grandma
Alexis Arquette
as Georgina
Katheryn Cain
as British Stepmom
Susan Yeagley
as Southern Stepmom
Aimee Goldsmith
as Wall Street Stepmom
Mary Pat Gleason
as Pharmacy Cashier
Dale Steyn
as Dale
Allen Covert
as 220 Tom
Tim Herlihy
as Basketball Dad
Jared Sandler
as Cute Teenage Boy
Chris April
as Safety Director
Vivian Shabalala
as Thathoo Harmony Group
Zenzozenkosi Dubazane
as Thathoo Harmony Group
Albert Mhlongo
as Thathoo Harmony Group
Josette Eales
as Massage Instructor
Anna Colwell
as Bubbles
Marissa Raisor
as Bethany
Ashley Pike
as Britney
Chris Titone
as Umpire
Rob Moran
as Baseball Dad
Michael Buscemi
as Baseball Dad
Max Karz
as Little League Pitcher
Jackie Goldston
as Closet Client
Joey Karz
as Client's Son
Dylan Karz
as Client's Son
Gregg Bright
as Wall Street Husband
Hannah Covert
as Dick's Kid #1
Abigail Covert
as Face Painting Girl
Nikki Walker
as African Storyteller
Cullen Deuce Tonry
as Little Boy
Dambuza Mdledle
as African Barber
Ishmael Kakasa
as Villager
Isaac Kakasa
as Villager
Mikayla Park
as Kissing Woman in Boat
J.D. Donaruma
as Standard Fench Coach
Robert Harvey
as Baseball Fan
Bill Romanowski
as Baseball Fan
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Critic Reviews for Blended

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (31)

What's missing from Blended? Two key ingredients: it doesn't touch the heart and it doesn't tickle the funny bone (at least not often enough).

Full Review… | May 26, 2014
ReelViews
Top Critic

The romance is sweet and even effervescent, the comedy is homespun and sentimental, but it's packaged with such a repellent batch of stereotypes and prejudices that it's unpalatable even to contemplate.

Full Review… | May 24, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

In the world of this sitcom love story, men are from Mars and women should be from a defiled menstrual tent far enough away that Adam Sandler won't have to hear them talk about tampons.

Full Review… | May 23, 2014
L.A. Weekly
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Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore star in Blended, their third pairing, and, while the chemistry may be good, the movie isn't.

Full Review… | May 23, 2014
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Comedians often draw on childhood influences, and Adam Sandler and his team do it in the worst possible way in Blended.. [which] is like a Bizarro version of The Brady Bunch.

Full Review… | May 23, 2014
Orange County Register
Top Critic

Sandler would piss out of the screen if he thought he could get a laugh. This is not his worst film, but it's his most offensive.

Full Review… | May 23, 2014
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Blended

Although it is far-fetched and awkward at times, "Blended" is funny and delightful in many parts. Barrymore and Sandler both perform better than usual. Terry Crews shines as an over-earnest musician and manages to steal the show at times. And there's a lot of pretty Africa images to boot. This is a perfectly serviceable and pleasant rom-com for a slow weekend.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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.

Manu Gino
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.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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