Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore's most underrated rom-com is now on Netflix

The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates, or Blended?
"Blended" - Los Angeles Premiere - Red Carpet
"Blended" - Los Angeles Premiere - Red Carpet / Alberto E. Rodriguez/GettyImages

Since their first romantic comedy together with 1998's The Wedding Singer, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore have collaborated on two more rom-coms: 2004's 50 First Dates and 2014's Blended. Which one of these three movies was just added to Netflix on May 1, 2024? If you guessed Blended, then you're right! The underrated rom-com is ready for a 10th anniversary resurgence.

Back on May 23, 2014, Blended premiered in theaters and marked Sandler and Barrymore's third romantic comedy together as the central pairing. Sometimes Hollywood strikes gold with rom-com couples. It's why Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson did two together, and it's why Sandler has also starred opposite Jennifer Aniston in at least three romantic comedies.

In the movie, Sandler and Barrymore both play single parents looking to get back into the dating world. After Jim and Lauren have a terrible blind first date, they part ways with zero intention of ever seeing each other again. However, they each separately take family vacations at a beautiful resort in Africa where they're forced to share a hotel room and end up finding love along the way.

To absolutely no one's surprise, critics mostly panned the movie, which landed Blended its unfortunate 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But critics are rarely kind to romantic comedies. Their purpose is to become delightful comfort movies that we turn on for a slice of levity when we're having a sick day or for a nostalgic movie night with our friends and family.

And that's exactly what became of the movie, which holds a 6.5 out of 10 on IMDb and a 64% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. It's such a fun movie and didn't deserve the tepid response it received 10 years ago. Its cast also includes Terry Crews, Joel McHale, Kevin Nealon, Bella Thorne, and Wendi McLendon-Covey, who are each guaranteed to make you crack a smile at least once.

But what really makes the movie succeed in making an audience smile and laugh is the time-tested chemistry between Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. Whether you loved them in The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates more than Blended is up to you, but you can just see how comfortable they are together on screen. All of the hilarity, absurdity, and heart lands thanks to their joint star power.

Personally, my favorite of their three movies will always be The Wedding Planner. There are just too many scenes that make me laugh out loud, and there's simply nothing more iconic than Drew in the '90s. But I still remember sitting in the theater to watch Blended in 2014, and I can't believe that was a decade ago. Thankfully, we can all relive the thrill of seeing the dynamic duo back in action thanks to Netflix. Maybe if Blended's big on Netflix, it will inspire Adam and Drew to do a fourth rom-com together...

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