Sunday, April 14, 2024

“Blended” Marks Adam Sandler’s Second Worst Opening in 7 Years


It’s not a happy Memorial Day weekend for Adam Sandler. The former “Saturday Night Live” star and purveyor of low brow humor had his second worst opening in the last seven years with “Blended.”

Actually. I’m amazed that $14 million worth of human beings went to see this thing. The movie had a 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and almost no press. But people are slow to give up even when the ship left the dock some time ago.

It was only two years ago that another piece of Sandler junk, “That’s My Boy,” had a $13 mil weekend. That wreck died at $36 million total. Prior to that, “Reign Over Me,” did $7 mil in 2007.

“Blended,” with Drew Barrymore along for whatever, also saw Sandler move to from Sony to Warner Bros. I’m sure the latter is thrilled.

Sandler has had his moments. There’s a great affection for “Happy Gilmore,” “The Wedding Singer,” and his Chanukah song. Other than that, these crap comedies have got to stop. They are unwatchable. “Blended” will be gone by next week. But Sandler no doubt has more of these mindless things in the pipeline.

Not say that Adam Sandler can’t act: I’m a “Spanglish” fan. He was interesting in “Punch Drunk Love.” Now that’s he made zillions and probably has 12 homes, Sandler should try and focus on something with substance. I’m just worried he’s plotting “Grown Ups 3.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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