A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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 & Scariness
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).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Language and insults include "s--t," "a--hole," "d--k," "crap," "butt hole," "idiot," "loser," "ass," "stupid," "gorilla," "deadbeat," etc.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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