(2014) (Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Comedy: After a disastrous first date, a widower and father of three daughters and a recent divorcee and mother of two sons find themselves on the same African safari together with their five total kids.
- Jim (ADAM SANDLER) is a lonely widower trying his best to raise three daughters: tomboy teenager Hilary (BELLA THORNE), who he calls "Larry;" troubled tween Espn (EMMA FUHRMANN), who still pretends her mother is with the family only invisible; and precocious 6-year-old Lou (ALYVIA ALYN LIND), who sometimes likes to freak out her dad by talking in a possessed child voice. Lauren (DREW BARRYMORE) is a broken-hearted divorcee trying her best to raise two sons: middle-school-age Brendan (BRAXTON BECKHAM), who doesn't want his mom to move on to a new man; and young Tyler (KYLE RED SILVERSTEIN), who is having troubles controlling his temper and needs a father figure.
Jim and Lauren get fixed up on a blind date by Lauren's best friend, Jen (WENDI McLENDON COVEY), and it goes bad. Really bad. But circumstances keep throwing them back together. As fate would have it, both get booked on the same trip to a resort in Africa for a Spring Break-themed week meant to bring together "blended" families. There, they come in contact with a goofy hotel manager named Mfana (ABDOULAYE NGOM); a lounge singer named Nickens (TERRY CREWS); and are table mates with an overly affectionate newlywed couple, Eddy (KEVIN NEALON) and Ginger (JESSICA LOWE), and his teenage son, Jake (ZAK HENRI).
Jim and Lauren and the two families do bond on the trip. But Jim is unsure if he can really move on from the loss of his beloved wife. Once back in the States, Lauren's philandering ex-husband, Mark (JOEL McHALE), gets wind that there might be a new man in his ex-wife's life and plots to get back together with her.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Yes. Adam Sandler is still popular with young people, and the cast features a number of child performers included Disney Channel favorite Bella Thorne.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For crude and sexual content and language.
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