Reunion could have been better
MOVIE REVIEW: Blended. Starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore; directed by Frank Coraci
OPINION: In 1998 The Wedding Singer graced our cinema screens. The charming and funny comedy was a delightful take on 80s culture centered on the blooming relationship of Robbie and Julie played by Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore respectively. In 2004, Sandler and Barrymore fell in love again as Henry and Lucy in 50 First Dates. Now, 10 years on, the romantic comedy couple are back.
After a disastrous blind date, solo parents Jim and Lauren are happy to never meet again. Thanks to a run of convenient events and common acquaintances, the pair and their children end up on a family trip to South Africa. Forced to spend time together, the couple's distain for one another dissipates as their affection for one another grows.
Blended is a definite improvement on Sandler's recent films (Grown Ups 2, Jack and Jill) and fans are still hoping to see a return of good Sandler films like Billy Madison or Happy Gilmore. So, a reunion with Barrymore, in an attempt to revive the magic from 50 First Dates and The Wedding Singer, seemed like a great idea and one that should work. It didn't.
There is no denying that Sandler and Barrymore can create moments of heart and are able to offer a taste of the sweetness from previous collaborations. Unfortunately, their chemistry was overshadowed by questionable acting from some of the supporting cast, cliched dialogue and plot points, and an ending which doesn't take Sherlock to figure out.
But, do keep an eye out for a number of cameos including Shaquille O'Neal, Tom from 50 First Dates and George from The Wedding Singer. However, if you are expecting to see the token appearance from Rob Schneider you will be disappointed.
Just not as disappointed as you will be when you realise that Blended isn't the reunion or the good Adam Sandler movie you had hoped it would be.
- The Southland Times