What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the scope of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore's third romantic comedy pairing (after The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates) has, like its stars, aged a bit: The duo now play hapless single parents rather than hapless singles. But this blended-family story is no Brady Bunch: Like all of Sandler's comedies, there's plenty of sexual innuendo, with allusions to breasts, masturbation, porn, body size, and more. One couple on the vacation often makes out publicly and refers to their sex life, and adults drink socially at dinners and parties. Language includes the occasional "a--hole," "ass," and "s--t," as well as "butt hole," "crap," etc. All of that said, there are some worthy take-aways about parenting here, and step-families may particularly enjoy the positive messages about the importance of strong blended families.
  • Families can talk about who the target audience is for Blended. Do you think it's families, or just adults? How can you tell? Is it an appropriate choice for watching as a family?
  • The movie's sexual humor includes plenty of jokes about masturbation. Is the movie stereotypical about teen boys? What about on other subjects?
  • This is the third time Sandler and Barrymore have made a movie together. How does this one compare to the others?
POSITIVE MESSAGES
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
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CONSUMERISM
DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF
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