Blended – Warner Bros. – Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD
Director: Frank Coraci
Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Joel McHale, Kevin Nealon, Wendi McLendon-Covey. Full cast + crew

Adam Sandler’s been on autopilot for awhile now, with each lame new comedy drying up the well of good will he earned in the ’90s and early ’00s. So you’d expect Blended, his latest rom-com with costar Drew Barrymore, to be yet another Grown Ups or That’s My Boy, but it’s actually kind of a sweet movie about two single parents past their prime trying to move on with their lives.

It’s also got an absurd premise and is way too long at nearly two hours in length, but it’s charming, Barrymore is delightful and it isn’t riddled with a lot of the Sandler-isms that have defined his career lately. If you’ve fallen out of love with Sandler lately, Blended may not necessarily rekindle the relationship, but it’s entertaining.

Other Notable New Releases

For some more dramatic fare this week you’ve got two very solid options. The first is the Emmy-winning HBO movie The Normal Heart, starring Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Jim Parsons and Matt Boemer. Then there’s The Double, the new film from actor-director-genius Richard Ayoade, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska in an adaptation of a Dostoevsky novel.

Unfortunately the rest of the week is, well, weak. There’s the awful-looking Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, the porn-level (but not as sincere) junk Jersey Shore Massacre, and the above average but still very familiar The Possession of Michael King

Everything Else


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