Blended | Chicago Reader


Rated PG-13 117 minutes 2014

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.

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Director: Frank Coraci

Producer: Mike Karz, Adam Sandler, Jack Giarraputo, Barry Bernardi, Josie Rosen, Tim Herlihy, Allen Covert and Steven Koren

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 and Shaquille O'Neal



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