Review Roundup: Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore Star in BLENDED
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore reunite in the romantic comedy 'Blended', which hits theaters today, May 23rd. The film marks Sandler and Barrymore's third collaboration, and also features Bella Thorne, Emma Fuhrmann, Shaquille O'Neal, and Wendi McLendon-Convey.
Following an awful blind date, single parents Jim and Lauren (played by Sandler and Barrymore respectively) find themselves stuck at a family resort toghether. However, a romance begins to bud as they observe their children benefitting from their relationship.
Let's see what the critics had to say!
A.O. Scott, The New York Times: The tragedy is that Ms. Barrymore, who has brought out the best in Mr. Sandler in their previous collaborations ("The Wedding Singer" and "50 First Dates") is here sacrificed on the altar of his showboating narcissism.
Andrew Barker, Variety: Reuniting Sandler and Barrymore for The First Time in a decade, and the pair with director Frank Coraci for The First Time since "The Wedding Singer," "Blended" suffers from a fundamental lack of trust in its audience, following every unexpectedly smart exchange with a numbskull pratfall or one-liner, and every instance of genuine sincerity with an avalanche of schmaltz.
Jocelyn Noveck, The Huffington Post: The fact is, there are actual sparks of sweetness, actual moments of tenderness, mostly thanks to Barrymore's sunny and grounded presence (one shudders to imagine this movie without her) and the relaxed chemistry between the stars. But the moments don't stay sweet.
Stephanie Merry, The Washington Post: "Blended" has other problems, too, including some faulty editing and a typically predictable finale. But there are some genuinely sweet and funny moments, which are more than enough to exceed expectations.