Blended: Amid rhino sex gags, hints of maturity Add to ...

May 23, 2014 4:00 AM

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Another year has passed, and so, as with the cold inevitability of death, another Adam Sandler movie is upon us. At the start of his career, there was a gleeful surrealism and inventive stupidity to Sandler’s comedies. In the middle of his career, there was a brief moment suggesting hidden depths to the comedian in more challenging films such as Punch-Drunk Love. These days, Sandler is frustratingly repetitive, safe and dull, three of the finest comedy-killing qualities. Granted, his movies still make millions and given the ever-increasing explosion of shameless product placement in his work (this time Hooters and Dick’s Sporting Goods get plenty of plot-based ad space) that’s just fine by him. So, it comes as a mild relief that Sandler’s latest effort Blended can be described as surprisingly tolerable. The movie offers nothing new or special, but at least it isn’t as painful as watching Sandler walk Al Pacino through a Dunkin’ Donuts rap.

Blended reunites Sandler with Drew Barrymore and their natural onscreen chemistry is the film’s biggest selling point. She’s Lauren, a professional closet organizer (don’t ask, the filmmakers don’t explain), and he’s Jim, a sporting goods store manager who works with Shaq (again, don’t ask). She’s g...

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