“Blended” in this case means blended families. While they’re happily married to others in real life, Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler play two single parents (after long marriages) who are set up on a blind date from hell. All they can agree on NEVER seeing each other again. They end up vacationing together with their families in South Africa at one of the poshest resorts in Sun City . Not only do they end up sharing a romantic suite , they’re thrown into the resort’s featured “familymoon” or blended family week. You know the end at the beginning but no worries.
After “The Wedding Singer” and “50 First Dates”, this is the most entertaining Barrymore-Sandler effort, with both easily imitating their real-life parental roles. They’re both relaxed with a natural unmistakable chemistry. She’s a good balance for his tendency to go overboard with the fart jokes and raunch. Come to think of it, I think there’s not a single fart joke . That could be an Adam Sandler first!!! It’s a family-friendly comedy and very relatable, considering the number of real-life blended families trying to make it all work.
Among the strong supporting players: ex-Nfl’er Tery Crews; Wendi McLendon-Covey of “Bridesmaids” fame; Kevin Nealon as a very amorous newlywed with Jessica Lowe (“RoboDown” as his much younger and equally honry bride; and Keira Knightly lookalike Bella Thorn (Disney Channel’s “Shake It up”) as Sandler’s tomboy teen daughter.
It’s also a very enticing travelogue for South Africa. I could easily see a 4th Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore flick: a “Blended” sequel.