A bit of Barrymore and a Smidgen of Sandler
Lauren (Drew Barrymore - Big Miracle) is less impressed with Jim (Adam Sandler - Grown Ups 2) when he receives a fake emergency call whilst on a blind date with her. But they bump into each other again at a late night store where a mix up with their credit cards results in Jim showing up at Lauren's, much to the annoyance of her eldest son who doesn't want his divorced mum to date. But through Lauren's friend and Jim's boss breaking up Lauren and her two boys and Jim and his three girls all end up on the same safari holiday in Africa for blended families.
I would never say that Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore had romantic chemistry but they certainly get each other. They seem to understand how each other works, they have this timing which just seems right and you kind of believe that if one of them was in trouble the other would be there for them. It is why their third movie together, "Blended", works so well despite coming within a whisker of being two hours long. There is just this simple beauty to the way the sort of characters which Sandler and Barrymore typically play work so well together, being comical and cute without the cuteness feeling wrong.
But to be honest there is a lot going on in "Blended" and the majority of it works, be it Terry Crews showing up as a flamboyant singer to the way Lauren's eldest son not only doesn't want his mum and Jim to get together but has a goofy smile in certain scenes. There is simply too many genuinely funny gags in "Blended" to mention and whilst many are corny they generally end up making you laugh. Yet in the midst of the many gags there is a tender side to "Blended" as every now and then we get to understand Jim, what happened to him and his daughters whilst also his struggles as a dad dealing with three daughters who are growing up, well the oldest one is.
What this all boils down to is that "Blended" is a really enjoyable romantic comedy which not only has a lot of fun ideas but features Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore who simply seem to get each other and have great comedic chemistry.