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Blended

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Director: Frank Coraci, Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Joel McHale

Cast: Frank Coraci, Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Joel McHale

 

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Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore reunite with Wedding Singer director Frank Coraci for this Warner Bros. romantic comedy about a terrible blind date that segues into a nightmare family vacation. Lauren (Barrymore) and Jim (Sandler) are two single parents just looking for love. In the wake of a blind

Overview

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore reunite with Wedding Singer director Frank Coraci for this Warner Bros. romantic comedy about a terrible blind date that segues into a nightmare family vacation. Lauren (Barrymore) and Jim (Sandler) are two single parents just looking for love. In the wake of a blind date that turns disastrous, both agree that they're better off single. Just when Lauren and Jim thought they would never see each other again, however, their two families end up at the same African safari resort for spring break. Could it possibly be that their relationship is so crazy it just might work? Kevin Nealon, Shaquille O'Neal, Terry Crews, and Joel McHale co-star.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
It took the love of Drew Barrymore in The Wedding Singer to give Adam Sandler's idiot man-child persona a dash of maturity. Being the career-savvy star that he is, Sandler smartly teamed with Barrymore again for 50 First Dates, a deeper movie that ended up being an even bigger box-office success than their first outing. Blended, which reteams the pair with Wedding Singer director Frank Coraci, succeeds largely because of the duo's established (and still readily present) chemistry. The movie opens with a disastrous blind date between Jim (Sandler) and Lauren (Barrymore). He's the manager of a sporting-goods store who is still reeling from his wife's death and the difficulty of raising three daughters, and she has her own business organizing people's closets (yes, you read that right) and is raising two sons with little help from her selfish ex-husband (Joel McHale). His boss Dick and her business partner Jen (Wendi McLendon-Covey) are dating, and Dick had planned to take a weeklong trip to a South African resort in order to introduce her to his five children; however, Jen freaks out and refuses to go. Jim and Lauren sweep in and separately buy the vacation from their respective associates for cheap, with the result that these two feuding families find themselves in an exotic paradise together. While there, Jim's eldest daughter Hilary (Bella Thorne) crushes on the teenage son of their dinner-table companions, his middle daughter Espn (Emma Fuhrmann) -- pronounced "ESS-pin" and named for dad's favorite network, natch -- continues to grieve for her mother, and the youngest kid simply acts adorable. Meanwhile, Lauren's eldest son deals with his anger about his parents' divorce, and her younger son learns to hit a baseball. And of course, the parents slowly get to know each other, and discover that each has something to offer the other's children. The movie's tone is quite odd: It's an unusual blend of conservatism and progressiveness. It wants to be a family-friendly PG-13 film, so it's loaded with jokes about sex that are often a discomforting combination of bawdy and tame -- there will be some awkward explanations afterward for any parents who take their tweens to this. However, the central theme of the movie -- that Jim and Lauren have to learn to let go of the past for the good of their children -- is a wholehearted endorsement of the importance of the family unit, even if the clan has taken a Brady Bunch-like path to togetherness. What's most surprising about Blended is that, even after an hour of almost-in-bad-taste jokes, Coraci pulls off a couple of credible dramatic scenes. When Jim has a heart-to-heart with Espn about her mother, it's a touching scene thanks to Emma Fuhrmann's graceful performance and Sandler's underplaying. It works better than it has a right to, and the same can be said for the movie as a whole. Perhaps some of the credit can go to co-screenwriters Clare Sera and Ivan Menchell, neither of whom has written for Sandler before. It's tempting to assume that they gave the film enough emotional heft -- not a lot, since this is a comedy -- that it holds together even as Sandler and company fill the frame with fourth-wall-crumbling looks at the camera, a terribly edited parasailing sequence featuring stock footage of African animals, and monkeys playing musical instruments during a romantic dinner between the two leads. Sandler and Barrymore are funny when they bicker, but they bring out an irresistible sweetness in each other during their tender scenes. No matter how stupid the film gets, it never fully extinguishes our hope that these two end up together. Throw in amusing turns from Terry Crews as a very enthusiastic singer and Kevin Nealon as a man enjoying his buxom new trophy wife, as well as quality work from Thorne and Fuhrmann, and Blended winds up being yet another example of a Sandler and Barrymore comedy that's better than expected.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2014
UPC:
0883929386925
Original Release:
2014
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:57:00
Sales rank:
8,242

Special Features

Adam and Drew back together again; Bella Thorne's makeover; Deleted scenes; Gag reel; And more!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adam Sandler Jim
Drew Barrymore Lauren
Joel McHale Mark
Kevin Nealon Eddy
Wendi McLendon-Covey Jen
Kyle Red Silverstein Tyler
Shaquille O'Neal Doug
Dan Patrick Dick
Bella Thorne Hilary
Terry Crews Nickens
Braxton Beckham Brendan
Jessica Lowe Ginger
Alyvia Alyn Lind Lou
Emma Fuhrmann Espn
Lauren Lapkus Tracy
Abdoulaye N'Gom Mfana
Zak Henri Jake
Jackie Sandler Hollywood Stepmom
Sunny Sandler Wall Street Stepdaughter
Sadie Sandler Little League Announcer
Judith Sandler Little League Announcer's Grandma
Alexis Arquette Georgina
Katheryn Cain British Stepmom
Susan Yeagley Southern Stepmom
Aimee Goldsmith Wall Street Stepmom
Mary Pat Gleason Pharmacy Cashier
Dale Steyn Dale
Allen Covert 220 Tom
Tim Herlihy Basketball Dad
Jared Sandler Cute Teenage Boy
Chris April Safety Director
Vivian Shabalala Thathoo Harmony Group
Zenzozenkosi Dubazane Thathoo Harmony Group
Albert Mhlongo Thathoo Harmony Group
Josette Eales Massage Instructor
Anna Colwell Bubbles
Marissa Raisor Bethany
Ashley Pike Britney
Casey Luckey Bunny
Jonathan Loughran Umpire
Christopher Titone Umpire
Rob Moran Baseball Dad
Michael Buscemi Baseball Dad
Max Karz Little League Pitcher
Jackie Goldston Closet Client
Joey Karz Client's Son
Dylan Karz Client's Son
Simon Sibonelo Vilakazi Waiter
Gregg Bright Wall Street Husband
Hannah Covert Dick's Kid #1
Abigail Covert Face Painting Girl
Nikki Walker African Storyteller
Cullen Deuce Tonry Little Boy
Dambuza Mdledle African Barber
Zwelithin Mathebula Villager
Ishmael Kakasa Villager
Isaac Kakasa Villager
Mikayla Park Kissing Woman in Boat
J.D. Donaruma Standard Fench Coach
Robert Harvey Baseball Fan
Bill Romanowski Baseball Fan

Technical Credits
Frank Coraci Director
Brooks Arthur Musical Direction/Supervision
Alan Au Art Director
Peter Belcher Camera Operator
Barry Bernardi Executive Producer
Perry Andelin Blake Production Designer
Bryan Brucks Co-producer
Tom Costain Editor
Allen Covert Executive Producer
Angela Demo Casting
Jack Giarraputo Producer
Kevin Grady Co-producer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Tim Herlihy Executive Producer
Mark Hyland Special Effects
Hennie Jooste Special Effects
Mike Karz Producer
Aimee Keen Co-producer
Richard Kite Sound Mixer
Steven Koren Executive Producer
Conrad Kuhne Sound Mixer
Micah Laine Makeup
Julio Macat Cinematographer
Barbara J. McCarthy Casting
Ivan Menchell Screenwriter
Steven Mnuchin Executive Producer
L. Justin Muller Asst. Director
Leanne Mullon Special Effects
Andrew Orlando Art Director
James Packer Executive Producer
Josie Rosen Executive Producer
Rupert Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Adam Sandler Producer
Christa Schamberger Casting
Christopher September Special Effects
Clare Sera Screenwriter
Christine Wada Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Blended
1. Scene 1
2. Scene 2
3. Scene 3
4. Scene 4
5. Scene 5
6. Scene 6
7. Scene 7
8. Scene 8
9. Scene 9
10. Scene 10
11. Scene 11
12. Scene 12

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Blended 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect family movie.. sweet and really funny. It's awesome to see how Drew and Adam have evolved into parents on screen and off screen. This is a real feel-good movie