Few actors are as divisive as Adam Sandler, but while the man behind hit comedies like Happy Gilmore and The Waterboy has always had his share of critics, his lucky streak at the box office has hit a bit of a snag lately.
In fact, Sandler’s last live-action starring role – not including last summer’s ensemble comedy Grown Ups 2 – was the disastrous That’s My Boy, which brought in just $37 million domestically against a $70 million production budget. That failure may have signaled that Sandler’s star power has waned, but his next film could very well be the first step in course-correcting his career.
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for Blended, in which Sandler reunites with his The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates co-star Drew Barrymore. The stars play a couple of mismatched single parents who – after going on a terrible blind date – end up stuck at the same resort in Africa with their kids. Hilarity (and, no doubt, romance) inevitably ensues.
Based strictly on the trailer, Blended looks like it will offer plenty of Sandler’s trademark slapstick and lowbrow laughs. However, it’s hard to say whether the film will feature the same memorable heart as the two previous Sandler-Barrymore films or if it will manage to make effective use of the demonstrated chemistry between its two leads. The fact that Blended director Frank Coraci was also behind the camera on The Wedding Singer lends fans reason to believe that the pair’s third onscreen pairing will be worth the decade-long wait since Sandler and Barrymore last shared the screen.
However, it’s also possible that Blended will offer little more than the standard Sandler fare. After all, the studio is likely banking on the addition of Barrymore to draw audiences into theaters, and Coraci’s other collaboration with Sandler was the uneven 2006 comedy Click. Moreover, the “blended family” theme of the film is already coming across as pretty heavy-handed even in the trailer.
Of course, it’s far too early to tell if the film will prove a worthwhile endeavor for Sandler and company, but in any case, the film will face stiff competition, as it is set to go up against next summer's highly anticipated superhero epic X-Men: Days of Future Past.
What do you think of the film’s first trailer, Screen Ranters? Are you looking forward to the Sandler-Barrymore reunion in Blended? Let us know in the comments.
Source: Warner Bros.