MOVIES IN REVIEW
|Jim & Lauren's First Blind Date|
|Lauren and her two sons|
|Jim and his daughters|
|Mix together for a BLENDED family good-time!|
This weekend my boyfriend and I went to see Blended. We love the other two movies mentioned previously, as well as other Adam Sandler great movies. Anyway, I thought the beginning was a little slow. It was definitely an awkward first date, what guy in his right mind would take a blind date to Hooters on their first meet & greet? Toward the end of the movie you find out why and if you're human it'll pull at your heart strings. Actually, a majority of the movie pulled at my heart dreams. Especially as a person that recently lost someone. Jim (Sandler) in the movie lost his wife to cancer. So there are really emotional scenes between him and his daughters. Lauren (Barrymore) has two crazy boys who need a positive male role model in their lives; enter Jim who's just the right fit. However, before they even give each other a chance they write one another off after the disastrous date.
Lauren and Jim run into each other again while they are both out late at night being the good parent's that they are (running errands for their kids). They reconnect, however circuits cross again and they leave each other irritated after their quick wits clash. However, the universe keeps telling them differently. After the late night shopping, their cards were switched and Jim arrives at Lauren's house to switch back cards. Lauren's friend and co-worker comes in and announces that her trip to Africa is off. It's spring break and both Lauren and Jim want to take their kids on a fabulous trip. To both of their astonishment, both families arrive at an African resort for blended families. It's a resort that is entertaining for the children so the parent's can focus on themselves too. They called it a Family'moon (like honeymoon). What was really precious to watch was the interactions with Jim (Sandler) and Lauren's boys and Lauren (Barrymore) with Jim's daughters.
By the end of the trip Jim puts together an awesome dinner for both him and Lauren to make up for the failed first date from before. However, Jim chokes when it comes time to kiss. Both families return home from the trip and they realize how much they need each other. My boyfriend's comment after the movie was how much more sentimental the Happy Madison produced picture was compared to the other Sandler driven movies. I told him it's inevitable; with age and Sandler having two daughters of his own.
The movie was also full of laugh out loud moments too. I loved how they had cameo's from past Sandler movies; 10 Second Tom (50 First Dates) and George (Wedding Singer). We're still talking about the movie. We were just in the store today and after walking by the gel shoe insert isle we started laughing thinking about one particular scene with Jim and his eldest daughter. We loved this movie and will definitely be adding it to our collection once its released to own!
Update by K.E.Nowinsky