An Underrated Adam Sandler Journey Film Is Trending On Streaming

The Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore rom-com Blended is in HBO Max's top 10 most-watched films.

By Britta DeVore | Published

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A household name since the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Adam Sandler has had more than one or two hits during his three-decade-spanning career. And, of course, with all the hits, there will always be a few flops, but that hasn’t stopped his rom-com Blended from beating out the competition and landing itself on HBO Max’s Top 10 list. Although the film only managed to earn itself a 15 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, HBO Max subscribers are taking in all the cheap laughs they can get from the Sandler and Drew Barrymore-led rom-com. 

Blended follows the story of a widowed father named Jim (Adam Sandler) and a divorced mom named Lauren (Drew Barrymore) who hesitantly allow their friends to set them up on a blind date. The pair’s first meeting is comedically chaotic with neither one keen on another date with the other. But, Cupid’s arrow may have another chance to pierce the two after they accidentally and unknowingly purchase one-half of the same South African vacation package – forcing their families to blend together as one during their stay at a high-class resort. 

Along with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, Blended also stars Bella Thorne (My Own Worst Enemy), Emma Fuhrmann (Avengers: Endgame), Braxton Beckham (The Edge of Seventeen), Alyvia Alyn Lind (Chucky), Terry Crews (Everybody Hates Chris), Kyle Red Silverstein (House), Kevin Nealon (Weeds), and Joel McHale (The Soup). While it would ultimately gross $128 million at the global box office, its opening weekend sales were much lower than expected, earning only $14.3 million.

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Blended featured a mixture of reunions, not only for its two leading actors but also for the director behind the feature. Frank Coraci helmed the project, having previously worked with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore on the classic 1998 rom-com, The Wedding Singer. Known for his work backing a slew of slapstick comedic productions, Coraci also teamed up with Sandler to bring fans the well-known titles: The Waterboy, Click, and The Ridiculous 6.

The on-screen chemistry and comedic timing of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore is in a league of their own, with the duo appearing as love interests in a total of three feature-length rom-coms. Setting things into motion was The Wedding Singer which would be the most popular of the three, and one of the biggest titles of both performers’ careers. Sandler shines in the titular role as a wedding singer slowly going off the rails while simultaneously falling in love with Barrymore’s waitress character.

Six years later, in 2004, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore would join forces all over again in 50 First Dates. Less well-received than The Wedding Singer, but with a better Rotten Tomatoes score than Blended, the feature tells the story of a man in love with a woman who is suffering from amnesia. Sandler’s Henry Roth does everything in his power to help Drew Barrymore’s Lucy Whitmore remember their connection, with plenty of slapstick and gross-out comedy pulling the story together.

It’s been several years since we saw the dream team back in action, with both Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore moving on to take on different projects and Sandler even making a huge name for himself in the world of dramas. Up next for the actor, fans can expect to catch him in the animated flick Leo, sci-fi drama Spaceman, and comedy feature, You Are SO Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah!