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Adam Sandler is a good role model. Yeah, I said it. Not necessarily for children, although given Sandler’s 10 Kids Choice Awards, your kids probably already look up to him. The people who should be taking some life lessons from ole Happy Gilmore are parents. Here’s why: Sandler’s more recent movies deliver positive messages to parents. In Blended, Sandler and Drew Barrymore play loving parents who don’t agree on much except that parents need to show up and be committed to their kids – that same message is delivered in a cruder way with last year’s That’s My Boy. Click, Jack and Jill and Bedtime Stories are also about the importance of spending time with family. Sandler doesn’t take his work home, he takes his home to work....
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I haven't come here to bury Sandler nor I have I written this to praise him. This is not a repeat of last year's reprimand of Johnny Depp for making so many bad movies in a row, nor is this a resurrection or update of The Career Analyst I did of Sandler years back. (Which reminds me that one of these days, I should try to bring that back as well.)
No, this is my honest viewpoint of why Adam Sandler has gotten himself to the point where he has almost zero film critics on his side anymore after years of subjecting them to movies that range from mediocre to bad all the way down to truly awful and unwatchable pieces of crap.
As you probably know, Sandler's latest comedy Blended was released this past weekend and it pretty much tanked, grossing less than $20 million over the extended Memorial Day holiday, »
The mutants ruled the multiplex over Memorial Day weekend. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" shot to the top of the box-office heap over the holiday, bringing in $91.4 million Friday-Sunday and an estimated $111 million Friday-Monday in over 4,000 locations, making it the second-largest opening of any "X-Men" film behind only "X-Men: The Last Stand." That Brett Ratner-directed threequel brought in $102.8 million over Memorial Day weekend 2006 (and $122.8 million over all four days). Among more recent entries in the "X-Men" franchise, "Days of Future Past" was a vast improvement on 2011's "X-Men: First Class" ($55.1 million opening) as well as last summer's "The Wolverine" ($53.1 million), while among Memorial Day weekend openers it ranks fifth of all-time behind 2007's "Pirates of the Caribbean: The World's End," 2008's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," "X-Men: The Last Stand" and last summer's "Fast & Furious 6." As compared with other superhero entries this year, "Days »
- Chris Eggertsen
The mutants might be fighting for their lives in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but everything is smooth-sailing for the explosive, star-studded saga at the box office.
Professor X (old and young) and his friends helped usher in a mighty $111 million domestically for X-Men’s first four days in theaters. It now ranks fifth among the top Memorial Day weekend openings of all time, behind last year’s Fast & Furious 6 ($117 million) and 2006′s X-Men: The Last Stand ($122.9 million). The $200 million pic also opened day and date in most major markets internationally to a cool $171.1 million. Technically the seventh installment in the long-running franchise, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Los Angeles (AP) - A team of mutants overpowered one massive mutant monster at the box office during the Memorial Day holiday.
Fox-Marvel's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" debuted with $91 million beating last weekend's No. 1 hit, the Warner Bros. sci-fi adventure "Godzilla," which earned $31.4 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
"Days of Future Past" is estimated to earn nearly $110 million over the four-day extended holiday weekend, which would make it the fifth-highest Memorial Day opener just after last year's $117 million-grossing "Fast & Furious 6." ''Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" holds as the highest Memorial holiday debut ever with $140 million in 2007.
It appears the attention "Days of Future Past" director Bryan Singer has received lately due a sexual assault lawsuit didn't deter fans from flocking to the theater. The director dropped out of doing any press for the film following the allegations because he didn't »
- The Associated Press
X-Men: Days of Future Past dominated the box office over Memorial Day weekend, though it fell short of setting a new record for the 14-year-old franchise. Meanwhile, Adam Sandler's Blended bombed.X-Men also opened day-and-date in most foreign markets and earned a phenomenal $171.1 million. By next weekend, it will pass The Wolverine ($282 million) to become the highest-grossing X-Men movie ever. For more details, see the Around-the-World Roundup below.Playing at nearly 4,000 locations, X-Men: Days of Future Past earned $90.8 million over the three-day weekend. Among recent superhero movies, that's a bit lower than Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($91.6 million). Among X-Men movies, it ranks second all-time behind X-Men: The Last Stand ($102.8 million), which opened on the same weekend eight years ago. It also sold fewer tickets than 2D-only entries X2: X-Men United and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Still, it was nearly $40 million higher than last Summer's The Wolverine, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Chicago – Two things save “Blended” from getting a zero star review. Number one is the still palpable chemistry between Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. Number two is the occasional chuckle courtesy of Wendi McClendon-Covey as Barrymore’s business partner. Otherwise this is a barren laugh-free safari through Africa that doesn’t even have the benefit of Al Pacino trampling on his prestigious career for our amusement.
“Blended” never sinks to the astonishingly awful lows of “Jack And Jill” or “That’s My Boy.” Both of those films had ideas I couldn’t believe had ever made it to the silver screen. But I won’t soon forget them, as hard as I may try. “Blended” is both painfully unfunny and bland and boring.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The mutants of past and future are commanding the Memorial Day weekend box office as X-Men: Days of Future Past puts up an opening day worthy of 2014's other big comic book movie releases. The other newcomer, counter-programmed Blended, got put through the blender by critics and emerged as another dud for former box office stud Adam Sandler.
Fox can only be thrilled with the estimated $36 million that X-Men: Days of Future Past from director Bryan Singer scored on Friday, including $8.1 million from late midnight showings. The mutant-fueled opening day starring the likes of Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen is playing right alongside this year's other big comic movies, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which earned $35.2 million and $36.9 million, respectively, on their opening days with the added benefit of 3D IMAX screenings that X-Men does not have. »
X-Men: Days of Future Past opened strong on Friday, and will almost certainly earn over $100 million over the holiday weekend. Meanwhile, Adam Sandler's Blended fell short of modest expectations.The seventh installment in the X-Men franchise earned an estimated $36 million on Friday. That's about on par with recent superhero movies Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($36.9 million) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($35.2 million). Unfortunately, it's significantly lower than X-Men: The Last Stand's $45.1 million debut on the same day eight years ago.The movie is receiving strong reviews (91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and good word-of-mouth ("A" CinemaScore), so it should hold up better than The Last Stand. If it plays like last year's Fast & Furious 6, it will wind up just below $110 million for the four-day frame.In second place, Godzilla plummeted 77 percent to $8.8 million. That's a horrible drop on par with notoriously front-loaded movies like Cloverfield (76 percent) and Ang »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
On Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday night, Sandler confessed that since starring in 2004′s 50 First Dates, he’s made a point of doing movies that will take him to faraway places. “[50 First Dates] was written in another place, and then I said, ‘Imagine if we did it in Hawaii, how great that movie would be.’ And they were like, ‘yes, that’s a very artistic idea,’” Sandler admitted. “I’ve been doing it ever since. »
- Ariana Bacle
Chicago – Trying to understand the psychology and philosophy of manchild Adam Sandler, when it comes to his “middle-age” movies, will perplex film scholars and therapists for generations to come. His latest excuse for a “family comedy” is the insipid and exploitative “Blended.”
There is a strange dichotomy in these Sandler comedies – see also “Grown-Ups,” “Jack and Jill” and “That’s My Boy” – that desires to be warm explorations of family, but at the same time wants to showcase the sixth grade level baby humor that is Sandler’s bread and butter. And make no mistake, despite “screenwriters” and “directors,” the mark on these films is all Sandler, who most likely goes over each line with his staff of sycophants, giggling at every change he makes. If your idea of hilarity is Sandler riding an ostrich, or Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal doing a sex dance, then go to movie alone »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Friday Am Update: Playing at 2,900 locations, X-Men: Days of Future Past opened to $8.1 million from late Thursday shows. That's lower than recent superhero movies Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($10.2 million) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($8.7 million). Still, it's twice as much as The Wolverine earned from similar 10 p.m. shows last Summer. For the four-day weekend, X-Men is still likely to wind up over $100 million.Forecast: Uniting the casts from the original series and the First Class reboot, X-Men: Days of Future Past is poised for one of the biggest openings of the year this weekend. Meanwhile, Adam Sandler comedy Blended targets family audiences over the long Memorial Day weekend.In some ways, the X-Men franchise kicked off the modern era of superhero blockbusters. The original movie arrived in Summer 2000, nearly two years before Sam Raimi's Spider-Man hit theaters, and spawned two very successful sequels. From there, the franchise »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The following is an open letter to the Hooters restaurant chain.
When you agreed to have the film's opening scene set in one of your restaurants -- and even allowed a monkey to be dressed as a Hooters waitress -- had you not gotten the memo that Blended isn't like Sandler's recent movies? Maybe you were expecting Blended to be the latest installment in Sandler's series of exceedingly raunchy and breathtakingly idiotic comedies. I expected it also, assuming that Blended would carry on the maturity-deficient tradition of Grown Ups, Jack and Jill, That's My Boy and the criminally unnecessary Grown Ups 2. Had this been the case, Hooters and Blended would have been a perfect marketing match, because Hooters and its fellow breastaurant chains are criminally unnecessary also. (Just kidding! Hooters may be the »
- Don Clinchy
When Adam Sandler starred in Judd Apatow's “Funny People” back in 2009, he was seemingly playing a tragic version of himself, a once-bright comic star who was ashamed of the equator-broad family comedy crap that had taken over his career. Some thought that “Funny People” was a statement, of sorts: He was going to leave the junk he'd been producing behind and act in more serious films from that moment forward. Instead, with films like “Grown Ups” earning critical venom and flicks such as ”That's My Boy” and “Jack and Jill” failing in all facets, it seems that his flirtation with. »
- Jordan Zakarin
There’s a scene midway through the Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore vehicle “Blended” that sees the two stars, playing single parents thrust together on a South African resort, accidentally meet up for morning coffee. They don’t say much, commiserating over their respective kids’ sleeping habits, but what they do say is believable, radiating an unhurried, unforced chemistry that’s enough to make one wonder why these two actors have only made three movies together over the past 16 years. Then they gaze out toward the resort grounds, and witness two poorly rendered CGI rhinos copulating with great vigor. Cut to a shot of the resort barista addressing the camera with a Catskills smirk: “You don’t see that in New Jersey!” This scene serves as a perfect microcosm for the film as a whole, which should see solid if unspectacular family business over Memorial Day weekend.
Granted, that sequence »
- Andrew Barker
Director: Frank Coraci
Running Time: 117mins
Synopsis: After a dreadful blind date single parents Jim (Sandler) and Lauren (Barrymore) want nothing more to do with one another only to find themselves thrust together on a holiday resort designed to ‘blend’ families together.
With the putrid stench of Jack And Jill, That’S My Boy, and Grown Ups still fresh in our cine-noses Adam Sandler reunites with Drew Barrymore for Blended with hopes of freshening up the laughs. Not only have the duo returned for third onscreen outing, but also got long time Sandler collaborator and The Wedding Singer director Frank Coraci back behind the camera to recreate the magic of funnier days.
It seems the tried and tested formula has worked…just! Whilst Blended’s premise, set-up and lion’s share of jokes are beyond generic its »
- Joe Upton
Few people get in the least bit excited any more about the idea of a new Adam Sandler film. This wasn't always the case; personally, I could happily sit and watch Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer and Punch-Drunk Love on any given day, but Grown Ups 2? That's My Boy? The horrific Jack And Jill? It would be fair to say that Sandler's recent fare has been lazy, recycled and a long way short of what he's capable of.
Blended is slightly better. Not by much, but reteaming with the excellent Drew Barrymore for the third time (the first being the aforementioned and excellent The Wedding Singer and the second the decidedly mediocre 50 First Dates) is a shuffle of feet in the right direction.
Here, Sandler and Barrymore play Jim and Lauren, »
Al Pacino is an acting legend who has starred in some truly great movies... but he's also been in some less-than-spectacular flicks. So how can you know ahead of time whether an Al Pacino movie will be Classic Cinema or just a Pacino Paycheck? We’re working on a formula that will allow us to plug in some numbers and arrive at a conclusion, and here’s what we have so far.
Looking at the variables in this equation, it seems like Heat could have been a miss. It might not have been a sure thing, but it's definitely one of the best cat-and-mouse cop movies to hit theaters. It's Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes and is a classic '90s crime drama.
- Mandy McAdoo
Neighbors rocks the block, but Legends of Oz will make you want to stay in Kansas. Here's what to see and what to skip in theaters this weekend. See ThisNeighbors var brightcovevideoid = '3550139928001'; This, for all those who defend Adam Sandler dreck like Grown Ups 2 and Jack and Jill, is the smart way to make a dumb comedy. Raunchy, unrelentingly hilarious and with fully developed characters (even the himbo), Neighbors pits adults against college kids in a battle for the 'burbs that's as satisfying as it is ridiculous. If we're being honest, though, Mac Radner (Seth Rogen) and his wife, »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
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