Blended, Hollywood English Film movie review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: * * *

Blended(English) Rating: *  *  *  For once Adam Sandler doesn’t go overboard with the smaltz, unpalatable riffs and bed taste. This film is a ‘blended’ romcom that holds your attention and provides the right amount of laughs throughout!
 
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English film review
Johnson Thomas
Tangy Unassuming Romcom
Film: Blended
Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore
Director: Frank Coraci
Rating: *  *  *
 
Synopsis: Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore reunite with Wedding Singer director Frank Coraci for this Warner Bros. romantic comedy about a terrible blind date that segues into a nightmare family vacation. Lauren (Barrymore) and Jim (Sandler) are two single parents just looking for love. In the wake of a blind date that turns disastrous, both agree that they're better off single. Just when Lauren and Jim thought they would never see each other again, however, their two families end up at the same African safari resort for spring break.

Review:

I am not much of an Adam Sandler fan-just can’t stand his idiotic bumble-fumble romantic escapades but this one, ‘Blended’ surprised me! 
This is an innocuous romantic comedy that traces its inception back to TV’s “The Brady Bunch”

Firstly it’s not as vacuously vacant as most of his films usually are.  And To refresh your memory, Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler have teamed up twice before: “The Wedding Singer” (1998) and “50 First Dates” (2004). And both these films had them of-setting some eye-pleasing chemistry against each other.  Those films were far better than this drivel. Even the basic plotline of “Blended” - the idea of blending in general is quite a mature idea. And to top it, this is among the rare Sandler pics that feature no farting, pooping or vomiting of any kind. The lone urination gag is actually pretty funny. It also manages to give the female characters decent screen time together. And breaking from habit, Sandler’s character here is thoroughly middle class and believably harried, giving the film a sense of reality that may not be found in his earlier films.

That was of course the good part. “Blended’ also manages to sit well within the genre limitations. The first half plays slow and low on energy while the second half, the vacation in South Africa is lively, highly entertaining and smartly romantic. There’s quite a bit of fun to be had here even if they are all common tropes. Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera’s script mauy not be inventive but it has it’s sweet, comic and engaging moments aplenty. Frank Coraci keeps the flow smooth and the humor comes off as incidental.


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