Blended Review

So I watched Blended…

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I didn’t actually want to go watch this movie. I went with a friend and was hoping to nudge them into watching Dawn of The Planet of the Apes but they persisted that we watch this and I’m really glad I lost that debate.

Okay basic plot: Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore play two single parents who after a horrible first date find each other (along with their respective children) sharing a trip to South Africa. The two hate each other so, by the logic of Romcons,they are destined to fall madly in love.

This movie isn’t necessarily original and it follows the beaten path taken by nearly every romcom out there but it is creative in the way it walks this path. The best thing about this movie is it feels genuine. It’s sweet and really gives every character – big or small – a chance to work their way into your heart. If you can’t tell by now, I’m a sucker for romcoms and a romcom really needs to be horrible for me to hate it.

Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler recapture the chemistry that they had in The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates. It’s really a delight to see the two of them on screen together because you really get the sense that they know each other’s rhythms and know how to get the best out of each other. The cast of this movie is probably one of the best well-rounded that I’ve seen in a while, not in terms of acting ability or skill but in how they all contribute to the story and laughs. There’s no dead weight in this movie. I especially enjoyed Terry Crews and Jessica Lowe’s role in the supporting section. Also Jessica Lowe’s boob thrust and jiggle might be one of the funniest and most visually entertaining things I’ve seen on screen in ages.

The best thing about this movie is the story. As I said earlier it’s genuine and so sweet, I had a teary-eyed and teary-flowing moments. Normally moments like this can feel cheesy and overdone but in this movie – because of the great cast and solid writing – they feel warm and special.

The only things I didn’t like about this movie were the South African accents. As a South African myself, I can tell you we do not sound like that but we have a difficult accent to nail so I can’t hate on this too much.

The movie is definitely worth a trip to the cinema and then some. I saw it twice in three days and didn’t get sick of it. It’s funny and pulls at the heart-strings – everything a romcom should be. 8/10

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