The third Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore film. A different one, but definitely still a brilliant one, and of course it’s a romcom! From ‘The Wedding Singer’ to ‘50 First Dates’ to ‘Blended’, and you have to love this duo. They work excellently together and this film is no different. A film about a mother of two sons, Lauren, and father of three daughters, Jim. After an extremely unsuccessful first date they never want to see each other again, that’s until they end up going on the same romantic holiday to Africa.
So as I’ve stated, the film starts with an awful blind date, but of course that’s not the last they see of each other. This is definitely a film which covers many family or personal issues, such as growing up, first crushes, and death of a loved one; don’t worry it’s not so much of a sad film, but there are heart-warming moments, or just touching sad moments, which makes the film so different from the constant comedy of a romcom, but rather covers some hard issues and makes the film moving as well. But don’t fret this film is filled with comedy as well, it is hilarious, but you would expect that with the Sander-Barrymore duo. There are moments that are probably inappropriate for younger ages, well definitely are. But again this adds to the humour of the film it is.
The film is based around the two families. Lauren, the single mother struggling with a crappy ex-husband and a crappy father, and her two sons, Brendan (Braxton Beckham) and Tyler (Kyle Red Silverstein). And the widowed father, Jim, struggling with raising daughters accidentally adapting them to be extremely boyish, Hilary (or Larry, as her father calls her) (played by Bella Thorne – ‘The Duff’), Espn (named after the sport network if you can believe) (Emma Fuhrmann) and Lou (Alyvia Alyn Lind). You can probably tell what happens in this film; the two boys struggle with a let-down of a father and the three girls struggle as females with no motherly figure. So when Lauren’s best friend, Jen (Wendi McLendon-Covey – ‘Bridesmaids’) cancels her romantic trip with her new boyfriend, she takes Jen’s ticket. Unknowingly Jim has taken Jen’s boyfriend’s ticket, who happens to be his boss. Therefore, off they all are, to Africa, Lauren and her sons, Jim and his daughters. No matter how much they try, they can’t avoid the week together.
I would definitely recommend this film, it is a cute, heart-warming, yet hilarious film and I love it! You have to appreciate that it has Terry Crews (‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, ‘White Chicks’) in it as well, who appears from nowhere but always has a song ready, it is a comedic repetition in the film. There are some parts that are weird and so random, but it goes with the comedy and you just have to laugh. Brendan as a character in the film is slightly overdone, but nevertheless, the actors and actresses are great. Overall, I think it’s an excellent film (like I’ve already said), but really it’s different from other films and the common romcom.
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. Do I need to say more?