BLENDED (2014)

Blended is the third comedy collaboration between Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in the time span of 16 years, and a film that shows the amazing chemistry between these two actors and their suitability for romantic comedies. Single parents Lauren (Barrymore) and Jim (Sandler) meet each other on a disastrous blind date. They both decide it's probably for the best if they never see each other again, which shouldn't be too difficult. At least, that's until they both unexpectedly end up on the same luxurious family vacation in a resort in Africa. Lauren wants to spend some quality time with her two sons who have been disappointed by their father who cancelled their planned trip at the last moment. Jim is there with his three daughters in order to make some new memories together after the death of his beloved wife. Lauren, Jim and their children are thrown together, determined to make the best of their luxurious holiday, even if it means spending time together...

Sandler and Barrymore's earlier collaborations The Wedding Singer (1998) and 50 First Dates (2004) are enjoyable, funny chick flicks and Blended fits the same bill. The chemistry between the pair is definitely there and I can't help but root for the two of them whenever they're together. Next to the leading couple, there's a great mix of various supporting characters, including the five children and Lauren's best friend Jen (a great role by Wendi McLendon-Covey), and the scene setting is simply stunning (most of it was filmed at the Sun City resort in Africa). Directed by Frank Coraci (Click, The Wedding Singer) it's a sweet, funny and family-friendly romantic comedy; another wonderful collaboration between an on-screen couple I personally can't get enough of!

Movie reviewed by Jody Hoekstra

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