The concise critics


Year : 2014 Director : Frank Coraci Running Time : 117 minutes Genre : , ,
Movie review score

What’s it about?
A series of highly implausible coincidences sees a widower (Adam Sandler) and his three daughters forced to share South African holiday accommodation with a divorcee (Drew Barrymore) who he went on a terrible blind date with and her two sons. Predictable hijinks and the titular “blending” of the families ensue.

What did we think?
It’s not often one thinks to use the term “poor man’s Brady Bunch” but that pretty much sums up this painfully unfunny vehicle. For some reason it seemed a good idea to pair Sandler – doing his wisecracking, sad-sack buffoon shtick yet again – with Barrymore for a third, worst outing. Racial stereotypes and way too many gender-based “jokes” abound. Best to avoid.

The Cherry Ripe I consumed during the screening was quite nice, though, so silver linings and all.

One Response so far.

  1. Marie Blanch says:

    Marie says: Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler’s third romantic comedy is a predictable yet enjoyable romp that’s all about the journey, not the destination. This time out they have five dysfunctional kids in tow who add a tonne of family appeal when they inadvertently share a “blended family experience” at the colourful Sun City resort. There are a few squirmy moments … a tampon and porn joke; hippos mating … but a pop-up band and the scenics more than compensate. 3 stars from me.

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