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Blended

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Predictable Sandler/Barrymore comedy has lots of sex jokes.
  • Review Date: May 23, 2014
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 117 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The movie's best messages are that parents need to be reliable and show up/listen/be present for their kids and that all parents could use a little help sometimes to see what's going on with their children. The movie also has a positive pro-blended family message.

Positive role models

Despite their flaws, Jim and Lauren are trying to be the best single parents possible, even though they could both use help. Jim is patient and loving with his daughters, as is Lauren with her sons. Lauren and Jim help each other's kids in various ways. The five kids all love their parents and want them to be happy with someone who deserves them.

Violence

Slapstick violence includes a woman falling on a man, a man and a boy falling off an ostrich, and lions eating prey (off camera, but you hear roaring and chewing noises).

Sex

At the hotel, a married couple is constantly kissing passionately and several times discusses having sex. The wife in that couple always wears dresses that show off her ample cleavage. References to sex, pornography, and masturbation: A 14-year-old son has a porn magazine's centerfold (with his babysitter's face taped on top) hidden under his bed. A woman suggestively tells her boyfriend "I'm so sore" on the phone. Teens on vacation flirt, dance, and kiss.

Language

Language and insults include "s--t," "a--hole," "d--k," "crap," "butt hole," "idiot," "loser," "ass," "stupid," "gorilla," "deadbeat," etc.

Consumerism

Lots of labels and brands are shown or discussed, particularly Hooters restaurant and Dick's Sporting Goods, as well as Adidas, Nike, ESPN, iPhone, Puma, Under Armour, Always sanitary napkins, Diva Cup, Tampax, Dodge Grand Caravan, Apple computers, and more.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Adults drink at meals and parties on vacation. One night, Lauren seems tipsy after drinking champagne.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the scope of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore's third romantic comedy pairing (after The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates) has, like its stars, aged a bit: The duo now play hapless single parents rather than hapless singles. But this blended-family story is no Brady Bunch: Like all of Sandler's comedies, there's plenty of sexual innuendo, with allusions to breasts, masturbation, porn, body size, and more. One couple on the vacation often makes out publicly and refers to their sex life, and adults drink socially at dinners and parties. Language includes the occasional "a--hole," "ass," and "s--t," as well as "butt hole," "crap," etc. All of that said, there are some worthy take-aways about parenting here, and step-families may particularly enjoy the positive messages about the importance of strong blended families.

What's the story?

BLENDED starts with a disastrous blind date at Hooters between divorced single mom Lauren (Drew Barrymore) and widower dad Jim (Adam Sandler). After bumping into each other two more times, they both hear news that changes their lives: Lauren's best friend, Jen (Wendi McLendon-Covey), has broken up with Jim's boss, Dick (owner of Dick's Sporting Goods), leaving an all-inclusive spring break vacation to South Africa up for grabs. Both Jim and Lauren pay for half the trip without knowing the other will be there. At the resort, Jim and his three tomboyish daughters and Lauren and her tween and teen sons realize that it's a special week for blended family honeymoons, and they'll have to spend the entire trip together. As the week marches on, both of them help each other with their kids and discover that they have more in common than they initially thought.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Blended is the kind of predictable comedy where all the funniest bits are in the trailer, and the supporting characters are funnier than the leads. The always-hilarious Terry Crews (who uses his muscular body for a unique brand of physical comedy) is the best part of the film as the resort's colorfully dressed singer, Kevin Nealon and trophy wife Jessica Lowe are mildly amusing as the resort's resident sexed-up newlyweds, and the five kids -- including Bella Thorne -- may each make you laugh once as varying stereotypes: the gorgeous girl hiding underneath a terrible unisex haircut and track suit, the adorable youngest girl, the ADHD boy, and his mid-puberty older brother with a thing for the babysitter.

Sandler and Barrymore clearly enjoy working together, but the comedic chemistry they shared in their previous collaborations isn't nearly as charming this time around. They're occasionally "cute" as opposites who attract, but most of the movie is so forgettable, predictable (a few jokes seemed directly cribbed from Modern Family), and broad in terms of the humor (so many masturbation jokes!), that this just isn't the magical reunion that The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates fans hoped to see.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about who the target audience is for Blended. Do you think it's families, or just adults? How can you tell? Is it an appropriate choice for watching as a family?

  • The movie's sexual humor includes plenty of jokes about masturbation. Is the movie stereotypical about teen boys? What about on other subjects?

  • This is the third time Sandler and Barrymore have made a movie together. How does this one compare to the others?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 23, 2014
DVD release date:August 26, 2014
Cast:Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Bella Thorne
Director:Frank Coraci
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Brothers and sisters, Wild animals
Run time:117 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:crude and sexual content, and language

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Educator and Parent Written byMovie Review Maven June 1, 2014

Adam Sandler grows up just a little bit

Movie Title: Blended PG-13, 1 hour 57 minutes Grade: B- In a Nutshell: Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are paired together in their third romantic comedy. She seems to make him better. Despite Adam’s expected crass humor and offensive stereotypes, the film has some genuine laughs and several sweet moments and a family message. I can’t believe Sandler was able to get me to shed a tear during this film. In one scene, Drew Barrymore sings a sweet lullaby in a touching moment that surprised me. Uplifting theme: "Love is a many blended thing." “Being a man ain’t about pissing and moaning about everything, but dealing with what’s in front of you.” While that’s not exactly poetic, Adam Sandler offers a lesson to boys about how to be a man. “You gotta show up for your kids. It’s gotta be boring how reliable parents are.” Jim Family is everything. Things I liked: Terry Crews is hilarious and borderline disgusting in every film he does. His character, Nickens, suddenly appears at random moments, dancing and chest-bouncing his way through scenes to the delight of the audience. I loved “visiting” Africa. I’d love to have dinner under the stars underneath that beautiful canopy in Africa at the resort. Drew Barrymore is aging gracefully and looked beautiful in this film. Alyvia Lind is absolutely adorable and should have a bright future in Hollywood. Maybe Adam Sandler really is growing up. He shot a scene with the kids laughing on a vibrating bed, rather than making it a dirty scene with predictable sex jokes. Riding an ostrich is on my Bucket List. Now, vacationing at the Sun City Resort in South Africa is on that list too. Adam Sandler is unexpectedly endearing when his daughter puts stickers all over his face. Maybe this was inspired by a real life moment with his two daughters, Sunny and Sadie. Check out the animal carvings in the chair backs at the African resort dining area. Things I didn’t like: Knowing your ticket purchase paid for Adam Sandler’s luxurious trip to Africa is a bit annoying. (Actually, I saw the movie for free, but I was still annoyed.) There was a lot of merchandising in the movie. I wonder how much Hooters had to pay for their heavy advertising and prominent role in the flick. I did think the Hooters monkey band was pretty funny though. I’m assuming Adam Sandler selected Dick’s Sporting Goods for his film because he thought the name was hilarious. Grow up Adam. The film abounds with ridiculously contrived scenarios. Have you ever seen a gigantic giraffe tongue? Now you will. Ick. I suppose it’s not a proper Adam Sandler flick without at least one Transvestite. Funny lines: “I own him.” - Lou tells Lauren about her ability to manipulate her dad. “You just scared a zebra stripe in my pants.” - Jim “Three second rule!” - Who knew that counts when you drop a kid? “You should Rufie her and shave her head.” – Jen “We both need this.” - Jim when he fist bumps his daughter Tips for parents: Classic Adam Sandler fills this flick with sex jokes and inappropriate humor. This is not a family-friendly film, despite being about blended families. There are just too many things I would not want my young children to see or hear in this movie.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Teen, 15 years old Written byletraut May 26, 2014

Cute love story but not worth it with all the inappropriate jokes.

I went to see this movie expecting a few awkward parts because it's an Adam Sandler movie but an all around cute movie like the wedding singer. I was sorely surprised. Although Lauren and Jim were cute together it did not balance out how many inappropriate jokes were made. I saw this with my 10 yr old brother and it was a rude awakening to see how many of the jokes he understood. He also didn't understand a lot things
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byJflores14 June 1, 2014

Fun and racy comedy has redeeming messages about family

This fun romatic comedy is hilarious and is the perfect mix of romance and top notch comedy. While it's a fun movie it has lots of issues relating to sexual and crude content: Violence- a grandma is thrown off her bike and hits a tree (played for humor) Sex- no sexual scenes or nudity, but sexual references are nearly constant. From edible panties to breast massages this film talks about a lot of crude sexual situations and topics. A teen boy is know to masturbate and has a near naked picture with his baby sitters head tapped to. A woman is shown with lots of cleavage and shakes her breasts. A mom tells her sons to stop playing t***y twister bc they only have two. A man at the resort flaunts his private parts and dances suggestively. Lots of references towards lesbians. Profanity- a kid says "what the fu...." and stops there. There are many rude jokes about a man named dick. A kid calls a guy a "D-bag" on a few occasions. A mom flips off a man and a young girls calls her out on it. A young kid calls a worker at the resort his "b***h" . A woman also complains about how much her kids crap. And another one says that they do crap a lot. MY RATING: Pg-13: for some language, sexual content, innuendo, rude humor, some comedic violence, thematic material, and bad behavior- involving children
What other families should know
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