Last week, I paid a visit to Hollywood to watch an advance screening of Blended and interview the cast. Our sneak peek at the movie took place at the legendary TCL Chinese Theater (Formerly known as Grauman’s). I’d seen the outside of this theater before but never actually stopped to watch a movie there, so it was a fun location!
Of course, this theater is most famous for its celebrity handprints. There are classic prints, like the world-renowned Marilyn Monroe handprints that are stained because of so many people sticking their hands in them every year; plus more recent additions, like prints from the cast of Harry Potter.
The theater had a very special display out front: In honor of the Godzilla premiere, a giant Godzilla statue stood in front of the theater, stomping over some of the handprints. Raaarrr!
The inside of the theater itself is fully modern and equipped with IMAX, but still retains that glamorous “Old Hollywood” feel with a thick red curtain covering the screen prior to the movie’s start.
My friends and I settled down with some popcorn and got ready to watch the movie. I’d watched the trailer beforehand and was interested to see what the film was going to be like:
Blended is a romantic comedy starring Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler and Wendi McLendon-Covey. The film starts with newly-single parents Jim (Sandler) and Lauren (Barrymore) who meet for the first time on the most awkward blind date in history. After everything that could go wrong does go wrong, they part ways fuming and have no intention of ever seeing each other again. But avoiding each other proves more difficult than anticipated, as Jim and Lauren keep running into each other at the worst possible time. They can’t even escape each other when they leave the country: When Lauren’s best friend (McLendon-Covey) gets cold feet and backs out of a family trip to South Africa planned by her boyfriend, a twist of fate has Jim and Lauren both taking her place without realizing it…until they arrive and end up forced to share the same hotel suite.
I thought that Blended was a really cute movie that was surprisingly touching – it had me crying as well as laughing. The main characters are more well-rounded than I expected from a lighthearted comedy. As you get to know Lauren and Jim through the course of the film, you start to understand their motivations, which makes them believable and relatable; although some of the backing characters are less nuanced and rely more on stereotypical gender/cultural tropes for laughs. But in all, I enjoyed Blended and found it to be a feel-good, fun comedy with a heart.
I always have a good time in Hollywood, and it was fun screening a movie in such a historic landmark!
Blended is rated PG-13 and hits theaters this Friday, May 23rd – so if you want a laugh this holiday weekend, be sure to check it out!