Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Jun 2014)
Brief Synopsis – A widower and a divorcee meet on a blind date and it doesn’t go well at all. They then unexpectedly find themsleves along with their kids together at an African resort for blended families and must pretend to be together
My Take on it – I’m not the biggest fan of Adam Sandler, but since I enjoyed bot 50 First Dates (2004) and The Wedding Singer (1998), I decided to give this one a try knowing nothing about the premise besides the fact that it’s a rom-com.
Movies about blended families have always been dear to me since I myself grew up in one. Subsequently, I am also the father to one so therefore I feel even closer to the theme. My favorite movie about this theme has always been Yours, Mine and Ours (1968) (the original, stay far away from the remake with Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo) and to me that is the “bar” set for this genre that will probably never be reached again.
This movie dealt with it in an interesting way, but I felt that it spent too much time on the negatives than on the positives. Yes, the jokes were sometimes a bit humorous, but all in all it tries too hard to make a serious situation into a comedic one.
The idea of a resort devoted to blended families on paper seems to be a good one, but in reality this movie tries to make every blended family to have extreme difficulties between the kids and parents and just generalizes the situations too much IMHO.
Bottom Line – Not the greatest movie, but the themes touched upon are interesting. Wish they would have been able to do more with the theme tho and shed a much more positive light on it than the dark one it imposes.
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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