Blended

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Predictable Sandler/Barrymore comedy has lots of sex jokes.
  • PG-13
  • 2014
  • 117 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 37 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & representations

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

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 come...
Adult Written bykayleed February 16, 2015

Fun and exciting when suitable

I find that for viewers of the right age, 13+, this is a great and funny film of two very different people, but with very similar families. However there are so...
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 sore...
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 sexua...

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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