I know this isn't necessarily a popular opinion these days BUT I love Adam Sandler - I think it may be partly nostalgia having grown up watching Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore so I always make time to watch his latest offerings (even if they just seem to be getting worse!). After the success of T-pairing Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates, this had to be good, right?!
Jim (Adam Sandler) and Lauren (Drew Barrymore) are set up on a disastrous blind date (at Hooters) and then by some ridiculous plot point they end up in Africa together with their respective children. What follows is typical Sandler comedy (and cameos) but all wrapped up in a disappointing and stupid plot.
Admittedly, many of Sandler's movies tend to have stupid plots (Mr Deeds, Don't mess with the Zohan) but this seemed different somehow. It felt like they decided what was going to happen then had to come up with a way to get to that point! (FYI it involves ringing a complete stranger and asking him for his holiday and said stranger being happy to oblige WTF!). Sidebar: I get the feeling that my age and the fact that since taking up this blog I have started watched more good films instead of relying solely on Adam Sandler for entertainment has impacted on my love of AS films. I have outgrown them!
The children were all equally irritating and completely lacking in any kind of character development and Wendy Mclendon-Covey is wasted as Lauren's best friend. After her performance in Bridesmaids I expected better things from her. I also have no idea what this guy was doing, why he was even in the film and why someone, somewhere actually thought it was funny...
The whole film felt quite similar to 'Just go with it' although the stories were pretty different (I actually found that one funny!). This one just didn't sit with me, a few parts were mildly amusing at best and I hoped and hoped for a laugh out loud moment only to be disappointed.
Pretty much a disappointment across the board.