It's definitely an Adam sandler/happy Madison film, make no mistake. It's not on par with "Spanglish" as far as a removal from Sandler's general film genre, but it's not as immature as "little Nicky" or "big daddy". It's middle ground...sorta like "Click". As I am writing this, I am surprised how many Sandler films I have seen and how many he has made. This was what I was hoping for though, after this duo made 50 first dates I seriously thought about and checked on any upcoming pairings of Barrymore and Sandler in the future. I like the wedding singer, but it was a lot more immature than "50", and Blended matches 50 for all its good points, heart and ridiculous antics and is possibly a little more mature. I really enjoyed Blended, in fact, I'll buy it and watch it often. The first 15 minutes are what I have been replaying in my head over and over again and laughing aloud. Seriously, this film had some good laughs, and not just between Sandler and Barrymore, but between Barrymore and mclendon-covey they had great banter!
Those two should do a film or several. I loved laughing at the film and I thought the premise and backdrop for the film-an African tourist safari catering to blended families-was really interesting. Sandler was more demure in his typical attitudes, more real it felt and Barrymore gets better looking with age, I wish they would dress her in prettier clothes, she is beautiful and authentically so.
Having started a family since "50 first dates", having kids and complicated families in this film made the actors and story a more enjoyable experience...The blended premise was very appropriate given today's statistics.
I didn't love everything about the film, Sandler always pushes a little too far for my taste, but it wasn't terrible, the film has many redeeming moments and the uncomfortable, embarrassing feeling that Terry crews instills in every moment he is on screen makes it all worth it.
Seriously, just watch this film if you are on the fence, it's a little unusual in the premise, delivers on production quality and is very entertaining.