A.O. Scott, The New York Times’ film critic, was recently tasked with reviewing Adam Sandler’s new movie, Blended. Obviously, being that it was a Sandler film, Scott knew going in that it would be awful. Everything Sandler has ever done has been garbage (yes, that includes Happy Gilmore) and everything he ever will do will also likely be terrible. Yet Scott was blown away by how bad Blended was. Ready for some good ol’ fashioned hating? Below are some highlights from Scott’s piece.
Because life is short and I have other things to be upset about, I will not dwell on the offensive aspects of ‘Blended,’ the new Adam Sandler comedy: its retrograde gender politics; its delight in the humiliation of children; its sentimental hypocrisy about male behavior; its quasi-zoological depiction of Africans as servile, dancing, drum-playing simpletons…
That’s the opening paragraph!
…In my capacity as a film critic, I find myself more bothered by the sheer audience-insulting incompetence of the filmmaking and the writing.
Do go on.
Most of ‘Blended’ has the look and pacing of a three-camera sitcom filmed by a bunch of eighth graders and conceived by their less bright classmates. Shots don’t match. Jokes misfire. Gags that are visible from a mile away fail to deliver.
The Sandler formula for success!
The tragedy is that Ms. Barrymore, who has brought out the best in Mr. Sandler in their previous collaborations (‘The Wedding Singer’ and ’50 First Dates’) is here sacrificed on the altar of his showboating narcissism.
To be fair, Barrymore is almost as bad as Sandler.
‘Blended’ is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned). It will make your children stupid.
Sounds about right.[Image: Warner Bros. Studios]