Monday, 7 July 2014

Blended Review (Updated)


Release Date: 12th June 2014 - Australia

Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures
Gulfstream Pictures
Happy Madison
Karz Entertainment

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Comedy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 117 minutes

Budget: $40,000,000

Box Office Gross: $126,794,610 

Plot Summary
Single parents Lauren and 
Jim go on a blind date that's 
a disaster when she spits 
her food up on him and he 
drinks her beer. The only 
thing they agree on at the 
end of the date is that they 
never want to see each 
other again.

When Jim realises the 
restaurant mixed up their 
credit cards, he goes to 
Lauren's house to switch 
them back and meets her 
sister, who happens to be 
dating his boss. However, 
she says the relationship is 
over, just as they were about 
to go on a trip to Africa. She 
gives her ticket to Lauren, 
who decides to take her 
boys. Meanwhile, Jim calls 
his boss and offers to buy 
the tickets from him so he 
can take his daughters. 
Neither realize what the 
other has done until they 
bump into each other at 
the same luxurious African 
safari resort and have to 
share a suite.

Adam Sandler - Jim Friedman
Drew Barrymore - Lauren 
Bella Thorne - Hilary Friedman
Emma Fuhrmann - Espn 
Braxton Beckham - Brendan 
Alyvia Alyn Lind - Lou Friedman 
Kyle Red Silverston - Tyler 
Shaquellie O'Neal - Doug
Terry Crews - Nickens
Abdoulaye N'Gom - Mfana 
Kevin Nealon - Eddie
Jessica Lowe - Ginger
Zak Henri - Jake
Wendi McLendon-Covey - Jen

Director - Frank Coraci
Writers - Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera
Producers - Jack Giarraputo, Mike Karz
and Adam Sandler 
Cinematography - Julio Macat 
Film Editor - Tom Costain 
Music - Rupert-Gregson 

Normally, I know that Adam Sandler has had a few disenchantments in his career and he is slowly losing his phase. His career started to spiral downwards which began with JACK AND JILL (click here). Though sources might say that the spiral had actually began in the 2000s. Every year, it seems he releases another film that people are anxious to see and then it once again either resort to bombing at the box office or becomes the subject of critical negativity. Fortunately, he brought us BLENDED and bringing back some much needed fun and smartly written humour. Starring aside the actress Drew Barrymore, the two have long collaborated in having three of their romantic comedies which include: THE WEDDING SINGER and 50 FIRST DATES. It seems with this movie that Sandler and Barrymore are yet to lose their winning streak of successful Rom Com (romantic comedy) accomplishments.

The movie had some truly wonderful moments, emotion, tenderness and humour. He hasn't established any of this warm-hearted feeling like this, not exactly like CLICK (click here) when the other film is more of a dramatic comedy and only brought tears in our eyes. There's even the display of great acting and unusual chemistry performed by Sandler and Barrymore. Even the supporting cast were a top-notch to BLENDED including the hilarious Terry Crews who appears in almost every scene he passes through.

You can't overlook BLENDED just because it didn't do so well on the box office biz. I'm giving this simplistic feature a seal of approval and I would recommend it for the people who have yet to see it. 

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie

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