BY ERIN RICHARDSON
When I walked into the theatre to see Blended it was with mixed feelings: On one hand, I’m not a fan of goofy toilet humour. On the other, I’m a huge fan of the adorable chemistry between Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. I was hoping for a cute rom-com, but mentally prepared for two hours of poop jokes.
Without giving any spoilers out (a challenge, considering the predictability of the plot), this film was silly, charming and often heart-warming. There’s always an element of sex (it IS Adam Sandler after all) but in Blended, I was pleased to see the story centred on the difficulty single-parent children can have with a new person in their parent’s life.
Touching on everything from imaginary friends to dads buying tampons, masturbation to flighty role models, Blended does a good job of showing the comical side of trying to join two families as one (or blend them, if you will). The child actors were well cast with incredible comedic timing; Barrymore and Sandler are (predictably) sweet; and Wendi McLendon-Covey shows us again why we fell in love with her as Rita in Bridesmaids.
Unfortunately there were two members of the cast that this film really could have done without, and this is where my opinion of the movie took a nosedive. Kevin Nealon, as the character foil for Adam Sandler’s Jim, spent 50 percent of the movie sucking face with his much younger “wife” (the hilarious Jessica Lowe), and the other fifty percent just staring at her, as if he couldn’t believe his luck that he got a free trip to Africa AND a hot costar.
The film could also have done without the singing, dancing Terry Crews as Nickens. Used mainly as filler for story breaks (or plot holes), Crews’ over-the-top singing and pectoral dancing were just too much. This hokiness was what I was afraid of when I walked into the theatre.
While the story was cute, it definitely doesn’t have the same re-watchability as 50 First Dates (far and away my favourite Sandler film). Blended is a natural progression of Sandler and Barrymore’s real lives, as they are both now married with children, but the heart-warming parts of the film weren’t enough to lift this flick above a mediocre end result.