Will Adam Sandler Ever Grow Up?

While “Blended” marks the third collaboration between Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, the question is was it really worth the trip? … No.


Graphic by: Ryan Arnold


This is the question that I have been asking myself for years: Will Adam Sandler ever grow up? After, seeing “Blended” the answer has been made quite clear … No.

While Sandler’s career kicked off in the ’90s with great promise and a key comedic spot in the “Saturday Night Live” lineup, sadly, the quality of his films has declined drastically over the last decade.

Yes, we all know Sandler as the goofy immature Billy Madison, but those days are long ago and it’s time to move on.

Sandler did show some maturity in films like 2002’s “Punch-Drunk Love” and 2007’s “Reign Over Me.” Unfortunately, these are the only films where Sandler stepped out of his comfort zone.

Other than that it’s back to the goofy, loudmouth comedian. There’s nothing wrong with only acting in comedy films, but first the film has to be funny.

It has been a long time since I have seen a really funny Sandler film.

If things could not get much worse for “Blended,” it’s Sandler and Barrymore’s chemistry here. While, they sparked in “The Wedding Singer” here they never even begin to sizzle.

So after a disastrous blind date, Lauren (Barrymore) and Jim (Sandler) agree never to see each other again.

But somehow the two and their kids wind up together in the same suite at an African Safari resort for a week … coincidence or cliché?

Along with Sandler and Barrymore’s awful chemistry the film’s jokes fall flat. You may chuckle a few times but for the most part it’s unfunny, unsatisfying and tedious.

This is just another immature Sandler film that fails to hit the big laughs and in the end “Blended” just doesn’t mix.

That’s why “Blended” receives one star out of five.


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Ryan Arnold

Ryan Arnold

Ryan Arnold is Arts & Entertainment Editor for MBU Timeline, as well as Web Administrator for the site. He is majoring in broadcast media and minoring in religion at Missouri Baptist University. Arnold runs cross-country and track and field at MBU. Arnold has always had a passion for film and likes to shoot and edit film. Arnold wants to have a career in video production after college. In his spare time, Arnold also runs his own blog, "Arnold At The Movies." Checkout all of my reviews at


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