By Sandra Krairisideja
Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler are at it again.
In “Blended,” the First Couple of romantic comedies star as single parents Jim (Sandler) and Lauren (Barrymore), who go on a terrible blind date and plan never to see each other again but, through movie magic, find themselves and their families on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation together at a resort in South Africa.
Viewed in chronological order, the movies that Barrymore and Sandler star in together take on a natural progression that matches where the actors are in their life.
“The Wedding Singer” was about two young adults who find true love and avoid marrying the wrong people; “50 First Dates” concerned slightly older adults who had probably been through a few “true loves” but hadn’t really found “the one” until meeting each other; and in “Blended” the actors plays single parents who have lost their first loves for different reasons and now find themselves in a position to love again.
“Blended” marks the actors’ third collaboration. It has been 10 years since “50 First Dates” and 16 years since “The Wedding Singer.” Their fans have likely aged right along with them and will laugh at many of the jokes in “Blended.”
Barrymore and Sandler aren’t the only ones reuniting. Director Frank Coraci, who helmed “The Wedding Singer” is back and fans of Sandler’s films will recognize actors playing bit parts from his other films.
The cast includes Wendi McLendon-Covey as Lauren’s best friend, Jen, and Joel McHale as her unreliable ex-husband, Mark. Kevin Nealon and Jessica Lowe play Eddy and Ginger, an overly romantic couple who are also vacationing at the resort, and Terry Crews pops in as the resort’s singing host. Dan Patrick appears as Jim’s boss, Dick; and Shaquille O’Neal shows his funny side as his coworker, Doug.
Playing Jim’s three daughters are Bella Thorne, Emma Fuhrmann and Alyvia Alyn Lind. Kyle Red Silverstein and Braxton Beckham appear as Lauren’s two sons.
While the plot follows the predictability of any romantic comedy, it’s still fun to watch Barrymore and Sandler fall in love.
At the rate they are going, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Barrymore and Sandler starring in a romantic comedy about two senior citizens who get the chance to fall in love one more time.