Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Terry Crews, Bella Thorne, Emma Fuhrmann, Shaquille O’Neal, Joel McHale, Braxton Beckham, Kyle Red Silverstein, Alyvia Alyn Lind
Directed by: Frank Coraci
Written by: Ivan Menchell, Clare Sera
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 57 min
As a movie blogger/critic I felt obligated to give Blended a chance, so I bought my ticket and took my seat. As the movie played through, I found small sections of the film actually charming, and despite the films many flaws, it wasn’t a complete disaster. For the most part however, every preconceived idea I had about this film was correct. It’s stupid, cheesy, overly sentimental and emotionally immature. The dialog occasionally seemed stilted and awkward, and the story is ridiculously predictable.
Blended felt like one of those social occasions that you really didn’t want to go to, but were cajoled into by a friend or family member. One of those social events that involves a lot of people drinking, which then leads to a drunk relative or now ex-friend dragging you out onto the dance floor despite your many objections. So you’re out there, moving around feeling uncomfortable, and you look around at everyone else on the dance floor. It’s then you realize you don’t actually look any more ridiculous than they do, and at least the music being played isn’t completely horrendous, so for a brief moment you smile, and enjoy yourself while simultaneously scanning for the exit!
If you’re hoping for the same kind of chemistry Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore had in The Wedding Singer, or even 50 First Dates, then get ready to be disappointed. There are flashes of that old magic, but for the most part this story and script doesn’t focus enough on the romance for that to happen. Go into this with very low expectations, and you may find something to enjoy here.
The sections of the movie shot in South Africa are bright and full of color, but I recommend a HD rental at home for Blended. You could also watch this on your tablet or phone.
I thought Alyvia Alyn Lind was very charming and funny as the youngest daughter Lou. Her reaction to her fathers face painting efforts did force a laugh out of me.