Before the screening of Blended began, I was talking with some of the other film critics that I was sitting with. They are professionals and know what they're talking about; I, on the other hand, am not. We were discussing Adam Sandler and his body of work. I was being my usual charming self and was completely admitting that I'm biased against him and was going into this movie on the assumption that it was going to be as lousy as almost everything else he's ever done. I know that's not how a film critic should act but I just couldn't help myself. Despite all the chips that have accumulated on my shoulder for my opinion that never has someone made so much money on such little talent as Adam Sandler, the movie wasn't as bad as I thought.
I like Drew Barrymore. She's not a good actress and never was but there's something adorable about her. Sandler is such a black hole of talent, however, that he sucks her appeal out of her and into himself where it's crushed into nothingness. The two of them are completely unbelievable as a romantic couple, just as they were in 50 First Dates. That's not to say that they don't have chemistry; they do in the same way that brothers and sisters do. It's good that you rarely see them kiss in Blended because when you do it's kinda icky.
The film is about two single parents who hate each other at first but through a wacky coincidence find themselves forced together on an African vacation and, sure enough, find out that they and their families are just what the other needed. Sure I spoiled the ending a bit but if you don't see the entire movie spilled out in front of you in the first five minutes than you're a halfwit with no gauge for predictable patterns. Just because it's as formuliac as Algebra doesn't mean that there isn't anything positive in it. I thought it was nice to see Sandler and Barrymore stop pretending to be young, hip lovers and embrace the fact that they're both in their 40s and play those older parent stereotypes.
Director Frank Coraci has a certain style to his movies and that style is mainly suck. He's responsible for films such as Here Comes the Boom, Waterboy, Zookeeper, and The Wedding Singer. He's not bad at trying to replicate the directing style of Tamra Davis, who is the director who did Billy Madison. That style of completely wacky, nonsensical comedy is not super easy to pull off and Coraci handles it but only in that he's copying her brand of film.
Despite fleeting moments that made me chuckle, the film had all the heart and humor of a commercial. The entire thing felt like a two-hour-long episode of any crappy show you'd see on The Disney Channel. I would be a jerk if I didn't say that the whole theater did laugh at a lot during the screening. I know that Sandler has his audience and for what they like (mainly fart jokes and people falling down) Blended has it all. I don't get it though. It's not my sense of humor and frankly, I can't understand how it's anyone's who has graduated from 8th grade.