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Movie Reviews: X-Men, Blended

 
Posted May 23rd, 2014 @ 6:10am

“Blended”

The 3rd rom-com collaboration for Drew Barrymore & Adam Sandler- they’ve become the Lucy & Desi of a generation..with roles reversed.

“Blended” in this case means blended families. While they’re happily married to others in real life, Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler play two single parents (after long marriages) who are set up on a blind date from hell. All they can agree on NEVER seeing each other again. They end up vacationing together with their families in South Africa at one of the poshest resorts in Sun City . Not only do they end up sharing a romantic suite , they’re thrown into the resort’s featured “familymoon” or blended family week. You know the end at the beginning but no worries.

After “The Wedding Singer” and “50 First Dates”, this is the most entertaining Barrymore-Sandler effort, with both easily imitating their real-life parental roles. They’re both relaxed with a natural unmistakable chemistry. She’s a good balance for his tendency to go overboard with the fart jokes and raunch. Come to think of it, I think there’s not a single fart joke . That could be an Adam Sandler first!!! It’s a family-friendly comedy and very relatable, considering the number of real-life blended families trying to make it all work.

Among the strong supporting players: ex-Nfl’er Tery Crews; Wendi McLendon-Covey of “Bridesmaids” fame; Kevin Nealon as a very amorous newlywed with Jessica Lowe (“RoboDown” as his much younger and equally honry bride; and Keira Knightly lookalike Bella Thorn (Disney Channel’s “Shake It up”) as Sandler’s tomboy teen daughter.

It’s also a very enticing travelogue for South Africa. I could easily see a 4th Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore flick: a “Blended” sequel.


"X-Men: Days Of Future Past"


The first summer movie blockbuster of 2014 is here. "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" delivers what you would expect.

Amusement Park Ride type 3D action and thrills, The Wolverine is back, (Hugh Jackman's most famous role) and who doesn't want to see Jennifer Lawrence and Halle Berry wearing tight clothes in the same movie? The film is the seventh (really, there's been 7?) in the series based on the characters appearing in Marvel Comics.

From the movie company Fox "The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original "X-Men" film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past, "X-Men: First Class," in order to change a major historical event and fight in an epic battle that could save our future. "

And there is the plot. Perhaps 30 minutes too long, and two or three characters too many, if you are not a hardcore fan of the comics, this might prove to be too much, too soon. Good mindless summer fun? Yes? The only awards this film might get though are for sound and SFX. Oh, and maybe make up.

3 out of 5 stars

Jonathan Clarke for Shelli Sonstein

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