BLENDED | MOVIE REVIEW

Personally, I hate Adam Sandler, he is the M. Night Shyamalan of comedic acting “talent.” He did some superb work and then sold out into making absolute ass vomit films. Whenever i get an invite to an Adam Sandler film I forward it to the Kernels with the tag line of “I would rather gargle glass, who wants to review this” or “I would rather rinse my eyes with acid, who wants it” etc. But like M. Night I have hope that one day, if Sandler keeps making the same thing over and over again that perhaps, just one day, he can make something good, half decent even. Well Kernel Jack attended, he reviewed, and holy shit, he scored it higher than half way, this may be a “half decent” Sandler film. Personally I just think it is saved because Barrymore is so lovable but suss Jack’s review then go and watch it and tell us what you think! BLENDED is out now, is rated PG and runs for 117mins – the PG thing says to me that this could be suitable for the whole family. But “shut up JK” – enjoy Jack’s review…………all the best……….JK.

 

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REVIEW BY JACK KEMP

Another ADAM SANDLER film, great *rolls eyes*. These where my thoughts going into the cinema last week. As I entered the cinema the lovely staff at Event Cinemas on George Street offered me some complimentary popcorn and drinks – obviously trying to butter me up for the review *pun intended*. As I sat down I thought to myself I need to give this film a chance and not be so quick to judge. After all, I enjoyed 50 FIRST DATES. As the film started I took a deep breath and allowed myself to forget some of his recent terrible films like ZOHAN, JACK & JILL and GROWN UPS 1 & 2. You know what? I’m glad I did.

JIM (SANDLER) is an owner of a local sporting good store and a single father of 3 girls. LAUREN (BARRYMORE) is a single mother of two young and energetic boys.

The film opens with JIM and LAUREN on an extremely awkward blind date at a HOOTERS RESTAURANT. After a few sly insults and banter we find out that LAUREN is going through a divorce and JIM lost his wife to cancer. The date is going so bad that both JIM and LAUREN call in the “emergency at home” trick and agree they never want to see each other again.

 

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Fate intervenes when both Jim and Lauren buy into a family vacation package to Africa and get listed as one family. When they arrive at the Resort they are shocked to find they have been listed as a couple/family and the only room available is a family suite. As not to disappoint the kids they keep up the facade and decide to put up with each other. What follows is a about an 75mins of pretty funny and awkward moments that in a way help bond our families together. For the first time in a Sandler film we actually see detailed character change. JIM becomes somewhat of a father figure for the boys and LAUREN helps out with the girls and in a way they both discover things about each other that never would have happened if they hadn’t gone on this trip.

BLENDED is everything you would come to expect from an ADAM SANDLER film, But in a good way. I’m sure we all remember the shit films he has done recently – This film finally breaks that losing streak. Sure its corny, awkward and on the surface the script looks like its has been created with the generic hollywood formula – boy meets girl, girl meets boy, insert drama, insert resolution, insert character change, add a bit of comedy, a splash of love then boom box office $$$. However, Its not just that. As the film ends I found myself realising it had many great underlying messages to it.

 

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Such as – “Never be too quick to judge” All of our characters have a very prominent negative aspect about them that makes them somewhat not appealling, Whether it be physical, emotional or psychological. Each of our characters over-come these barriers because of the help of a member of the opposite family.

Letting go” – Both JIM and LAUREN discover that they are allowing their past to dictate how they run their families and their future. Its only when they get stuck together on this trip that each other sees the cracks in the opposite family and offer to help – JIM helps mentor the boys and LAUREN helps mentor the girls. They then discover that in order for them to move on and live a normal life they both have to let go of their past, start taking chances and also listen to what their kids need, instead of telling them what they should do.

 

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These are just some of the things I took away from the film and I hope everyone will find something in the underlying tones of the film. I think this is the first Happy Madison film that has some decent level of character development. Sure you have to filter between the shit one liners, awkward unrealistic situations and a really annoying TERRY CREWS who keeps interjecting with song and dance… but the substance is there.

If I can say one thing in short to summerise this film, It’s this – BLENDED on the surface seems like a bucket of studio shit that we had come to expect from HAPPY MADDISON films in the last few years. But in reality its much more, If you have a family and are looking for a decent feel good movie then BLENDED is a great flick.

 

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