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Blended

In this bawdy, ugly farce a widowed father (Adam Sandler) goes on a disastrous blind date with a single mom (Drew Barrymore) only to wind up sharing a hotel room with her when their families are accidentally booked on the same African vacation. As their dysfunctional kids bond, the two gradually fall for each other; the film is sweet in stretches, but screenwriters Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera deflate every sentimental gesture with a sophomoric quip. Unlike comic greats Groucho Marx and Jerry Lewis, who deflected sincerity with style and impudence, Sandler is simply cruel; his movies would be more likable if the jokes weren't so mean-spirited and the characters such sexist and racist caricatures. Frank Coraci directed; with Kevin Nealon and Terry Crews.

Credits

Director:

  • Frank Coraci

Cast:

  • Adam Sandler
  • Drew Barrymore
  • Joel McHale
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey
  • Kevin Nealon
  • Jessica Lowe
  • Terry Crews
  • Dan Patrick
  • Bella Thorne
  • Emma Fuhrmann
  • Alyvia Lind
  • Braxton Beckham
  • Kyle Silverstein
  • Abdoulaye N'Gom
  • Shaquille O'Neal

Producers:

  • Mike Karz
  • Adam Sandler
  • Jack Giarraputo
  • Barry Bernardi
  • Josie Rosen
  • Tim Herlihy
  • Allen Covert
  • Steven Koren

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