Movie #219 2020: Blended (2014)

We round up our Sandler/Barrymore trilogy now with… this disappointment.

I won’t lie to you, it’s going to be a pretty patchy plot summary because there’s very little plot to this that was actually memorable. In Blended, Lauren (Drew Barrymore) goes on a disastrous date with Jim (Adam Sandler); both single, both with kids. In a spur of the moment stitch up, Lauren’s best friend (played by the wonderful Wendi McLendon-Covey) sends her away on holiday to Africa, knowing full well that Jim will be there at the same time. Obviously, the pair of them strongly dislike each other, and I think you’ll be able to figure out from that where this movie gets to in the end…

On the comedy side of things, Blended takes a while to get going, but the dialogue in this is actually really snappy. In fact, this one is filled with more classic comedy jokes than the other two Sandler/Barrymore outings, but it is clear from the start that the majority of the humour comes from a lot of improv. The majority of the truly funny moments clearly come from the off-script chemistry the pair of them have, and it isn’t really down to decent writing of any kind. If anything, this movie would have been an absolute shambles were it not for the leads having the charisma that they possess.

Whilst often being funny, Blended is simply a really pointless and plotless movie. Both The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates have MUCH better premises, and this one just doesn’t hit those heights, sadly. There’s nothing interesting about the families; they’re just your run of the mill neurotic Americans that we’ve seen in hundreds of movies before.

Parts of this film are slapstick and really fun, but again I’m just struggling to figure out if there was even a script or not. It’s almost like it’s an attempt at a love story but it’s really just kind of a comedy about a pair of friends. A.k.a. They made this movie just so Sandler and Barrymore had an excuse to hand out together.

Despite that, of course Drew Barrymore continues to be the best thing since sliced bread, and Wendi McLendon-Covey as her best friend/business partner is a fucking hoot. Now I think about it, the scenes between the two women are probably the better ones out of the entire movie – not something you really want when we’re supposed to be most impressed by the main two characters.

What this movie is ultimately is just underwhelming in general. Were it not for the amount of laughs, I’d have rated it far, far lower.

Blended is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video in the UK.

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