BLENDED (PG) – Review

Warner Bros. Pictures/Happy Madison

Warner Bros. Pictures/Happy Madison

Warner Bros. Pictures/Happy Madison.

Warner Bros. Pictures/Happy Madison.

2 ½ stars
In a word: Playful

BLENDED reunites star-crossed actors Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore once again, this time as single parents on a familiar and predictable romantic trajectory.

Sandler and Barrymore star as Jim and Lauren, a widower and divorcee (or she’s separated, the film never quite makes it clear) respectively, who first meet on the worst blind date ever. So, naturally, they’re forced to bump into each other again – and again. This second time is where they both learn of a family vacation up for grabs due to a relationship spat between Jim’s boss and Lauren’s best friend. Continue reading

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A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST (MA15+) – Review

Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures

3 ½ stars
In a word: Typical

There is literally nothing to this movie other than an abundance of jokes. There’s no substance, no dramatic depth and no emotional stakes. To be perfectly fair though, A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST never actually tries to exhibit any of these things – and that’s totally okay.

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST comes from Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy and American Dad and the mastermind behind 2012’s best comedy – Ted. MacFarlane once again takes on directing and writing duties, but this time
around he has also cast himself as the leading man. Continue reading