Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are good together. It's obvious they have a deep friendship and a lot of respect for each other. Fans like them because they seem like the person you'd want living next door.
That charisma has made both -- but especially Sandler -- rich.
Blended is their third collaboration. Sandler is a widower with three daughters. He has a disastrous blind date with Barrymore's divorcee. She has two sons. A twist of fate has both families taking a trip to Africa.
Another twist is that it's a camp featuring "adult" pleasures.
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It's like Sandler -- who also produces -- and director Frank Coraci, who directed The Wedding Singer, and screenwriters Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera didn't have enough material for two movies, so they made them into one.
On one hand, there is the sweet and wonderful budding relationship between the parents and their children, but on the other, it is a smut-filled, adult flick. The result is a movie done in clumps, and neither clump works.
Side characters by Sandler pals Kevin Nealon and Terry Crews aren't funny, and the Sandler-Barrymore bonding is too predictable.
Those expecting a 50 First Dates or The Wedding Singer will be disappointed. They were fun and quite good. Blended is as bad as the other two are good.
Director: Frank Coraci
Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Kevin Nealon, Terry Crewes, Shaquille O'Neal
Mr. Movie rating: 2 stars
Rated PG-13 for mature themes, some smut and adult situations and humor. It's playing at the Carmike 12, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.
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