Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 117 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 13+. This is an Adam Sandler comedy, so the sexual jokes and bathroom humor are pervasive; gags include two rhinos having sex, Sandler’s character urinating outside of a tent, a teenage boy who is too interested in adult magazines, and so forth. What’s extra infuriating about this content, though, is that it is often attached to a supposedly heartwarming moment about the importance of family and the responsibility of parenthood. How brazenly the movie tries to marry those concepts together is staggering; there’s also cursing, drinking, sexual innuendo, some male nudity, and suggested sexual activity.
‘Blended’ reunites Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, but to whose benefit? The pair may like each other in real life, but their goodwill doesn’t extend to us. ‘Blended’ is garbage.
By Roxana Hadadi
I suppose I could respect Adam Sandler for figuring out a career that allows him to simultaneously make films with his friends and take his family on vacations with him during production. That must be nice. But it would be more palatable if Sandler’s movies were any good, which of course they haven’t been for a while. And although “Blended” benefits from the chemistry between Sandler and costar Drew Barrymore, who are working on their third film together, the movie feels like Sandler is actively trying to troll us. I can just hear him now: “Oh, you were foolish enough to pay money to see my movie? You must be punished for this terrible life choice! Thanks for the cash, though.”