This is the question that I have been asking myself for years: Will Adam Sandler ever grow up? After, seeing Blended the answer has been made quite clear … No. While Sandler’s career kicked off in the ’90s with great promise and a key comedic spot in the Saturday Night Live lineup, sadly, the quality of his films has declined drastically over the last decade. Yes, we all know Sandler as the goofy immature Billy Madison, but those days are long ago and it’s time to move on. Sandler did show some maturity in films like 2002’s Punch-Drunk Love and 2007’s Reign Over Me.
Unfortunately, these are the only films where Sandler stepped out of his comfort zone. Other than that it’s back to the goofy, loudmouth comedian. There’s nothing wrong with only acting in comedy films, but first the film has to be funny. It has been a long time since I have seen a really funny Sandler film. If things could not get much worse for Blended, it’s Sandler and Barrymore’s chemistry here. While, they sparked in The Wedding Singer here they never even begin to sizzle. So after a disastrous blind date, Lauren (Barrymore) and Jim (Sandler) agree never to see each other again. But somehow the two and their kids wind up together in the same suite at an African Safari resort for a week … coincidence or cliché?
Along with Sandler and Barrymore’s awful chemistry the film’s jokes fall flat. You may chuckle a few times but for the most part it’s unfunny, unsatisfying and tedious. This is just another immature Sandler film that fails to hit the big laughs and in the end Blended just doesn’t mix.