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BLENDED
Blended is a 2014 American comedy film directed by Frank Coraci and distributed by Warner
Bros. Written by Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera, the film stars Adam Sandler and Drew
Barrymore as two single parents who went on a blind date together and never wanted to see each
other again afterwards. To their surprise, they both end up at the same African safari resort with
their children and are forced to stay together. The film's ensemble cast also features Bella
Thorne, Emma Fuhrmann, Terry Crews, Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kevin Nealon,
and Shaquille O'Neal. South African cricketer Dale Steyn makes a cameo appearance as himself.
Here is the main difference between "Blended" and his other output over the past several years,
slapped-together efforts like "Just Go With It," "Jack and Jill," "That’s My Boy" and the "Grown
Ups" movies:. Barrymore and Sandler have the opposite of a meet-cute over a terrible blind date.
Barrymore’s Lauren is the uptight, divorced mother of two boys; Sandler’s Jim is the schlumpy
widower father of three girls. They keep running into each other in their quir, Dick’s. There’s 15-
year-old basketball star Hilary , who’s tired of being a tomboy; middle daughter Espn (Emma
Fuhrmann, who provides the one genuinely poignant moment in the whole film), who was
named for the sports channel and who still talks to her deceased mother; and the youngest, Lou ,
who looks like an angel but talks like the devil. Is it possible that these boys are in need of a
father figure and the girls could use a little maternal guidance? Jim and Lauren’s rolesand their
potentialare obvious, but "Blended" has zero faith in its audience and feels the need to spell
out every single development and emotion, right as they’re happening on screen in front of us.
Often this comes in the form of an omnipresent Greek chorus of African singers, led by an
overly caffeinated Terry Crews and his impressive pectorals. Wendi McLendon-Covey does the
best she can to bring a shred of unpredictability to her role as the obligatory, wisecracking best
friend although a crass, running bit in which she and Lauren are mistaken for lesbians isn’t even
funny the first time. Similarly, longtime Sandler friend and fellow "Saturday Night Live" alum
Kevin Nealon gets stuck in a flat, repetitive gag in which he and his buxom and bubbly new
wife make out with each other incessantly. And Sandler himself allows some of his dramatic
instincts to shine through in a few scenes the kind that made his performances in "Punch-Drunk
Love" and "Funny People" so unexpected and welcome. Especially when he’s dealing one on
one with the kids both the boys and the girls there’s a naturalism and even some substance that’s
so often lacking elsewhere. That actor is in there, somewhere. Perhaps Sandler will actually
challenge himself again one of these days and set him free.

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BLENDED Blended is a 2014 American comedy film directed by Frank Coraci and distributed by Warner Bros. Written by Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera, the film stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore as two single parents who went on a blind date together and never wanted to see each other again afterwards. To their surprise, they both end up at the same African safari resort with their children and are forced to stay together. The film's ensemble cast also features Bella Thorne, Emma Fuhrmann, Terry Crews, Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kevin Nealon, and Shaquille O'Neal. South African cricketer Dale Steyn makes a cameo appearance as himself. Here is the main difference between "Blended" and his other output over the past several years, slapped-together efforts like "Just Go With It," "Jack and Jill," "That’s My Boy" and the "Grown Ups" movies:. Barrymore and Sandler have the opposite of a meet-cute over a terrible blind date. Barrymore’s Lauren is the uptight, divorced mother of two boys; Sandler’s Jim is the schlumpy widower father of three girls. They keep running into each other in their quir, Dick’s. There’s 15year-old basketball star Hilary , who’s tired of being a tomboy; middle daughter Espn (Emma Fuhrmann, who provides the one genuinely poignant moment in the whole film), who was named for the sports channel and who still talks to her deceased mother; and the youngest, Lou , who looks like an angel but talks like the devil. Is it possible that these boys are in need of a father figure and the girls could use a little maternal guidance? Jim and Lauren’s rolesand their potential—are obvious, but "Blended" has zero faith in its audience and feels the need to spell out every single development and emotion, right as they’re happening on screen in front of us. Often this comes in the form of an omnipresent Greek chorus of African singers, led by an overly caffeinated Terry Crews and his impressive pectorals. Wendi McLendon-Covey does the best she can to bring a shred of unpredictability to her role as the obligatory, wisecracking best friend although a crass, running bit in which she and Lauren are mistaken for lesbians isn’t even funny the first time. Similarly, longtime Sandler friend and fellow "Saturday Night Live" alum Kevin Nealon gets stuck in a flat, repetitive gag in which he and his buxom and bubbly new wife make out with each other incessantly. And Sandler himself allows some of his dramatic instincts to shine through in a few scenes the kind that made his performances in "Punch-Drunk Love" and "Funny People" so unexpected and welcome. Especially when he’s dealing one on one with the kids both the boys and the girls there’s a naturalism and even some substance that’s so often lacking elsewhere. That actor is in there, somewhere. Perhaps Sandler will actually challenge himself again one of these days and set him free. Name: Description: ...
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