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REVIEW: Blended

“Blended” in this  case means blended families. While they’re happily married  to others in real life,  Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler play two single parents  (after long marriages) who are set up on a blind date from  hell. All they can agree on  NEVER seeing each other again.  They end up vacationing  together  with their families in South Africa at one of the poshest resorts in Sun City . Not only do they end up sharing a romantic suite , they’re thrown into the resort’s featured “familymoon” or blended family week. You know  the end at the beginning but no worries.

After “The Wedding Singer” and “50 First Dates”, this is the most entertaining Barrymore-Sandler  effort, with both easily imitating their real-life parental roles. They’re both relaxed with a natural unmistakable  chemistry.  She’s a good balance for his tendency to go overboard with the fart jokes and raunch.  Come to think of it, I think there’s not a single fart joke . That could be an Adam Sandler  first!!! It’s a family-friendly comedy and very relatable, considering the number of  real-life blended families trying to make it all work.

Among the strong  supporting players: ex-Nfl’er Tery Crews; Wendi McLendon-Covey of “Bridesmaids” fame; Kevin Nealon as a very amorous newlywed with Jessica Lowe  (“RoboDown” as his much younger and equally honry bride; and Keira Knightly lookalike Bella Thorn (Disney Channel’s “Shake It up”) as Sandler’s tomboy teen daughter. 

 

It’s also a  very enticing travelogue for South Africa.   I could easily see a 4th Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore flick: a “Blended” sequel.

 

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