Poor Adam Sandler. He isn’t exactly hitting the high bar of success recently. Although, of course, that isn’t exactly anyone else’s fault. In yet another film that feels like an excuse to go somewhere sunny and exotic for a few months, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore pair up for the third time to head to Sun City this time. After Jack and Jill and That’s My Boy, I am not entirely filled with high expectations.
The plot is as follows; Barrymore plays Lauren, an uptight single mother of two, and Sandler plays Jim, a slovenly single father of three. I’m sure you can see where this is going. They have a disastrous first meeting, and by random chance find themselves stuck together on holiday at the same hotel in South Africa. How wacky. There was a lot of opportunities here to make something of the issues raised by single parenthood, in a way that could still be comedic, but most of those are missed. Neither is the setting very important, they just needed a vaguely exciting background setting for the characters to be placed out of their comfort zones in. Certainly only the barest level of Africa is actually shown.
One of the big comedic problems in this movie is with the running jokes that keep going assumedly because everyone thinks they’re worth it. But they’re not funny the first time, borderline offensive sometimes, and boring by the second time. But they just keep going. Barrymore and Sandler have a good rapport with each other, which is fine, but there’s not much else to recommend this movie. It’s not as disgusting as some of his others, but it’s also not very funny.
Boring characters with overused plot and concepts and no real spark of inspiration place this firmly in the category of “doing it for the paycheck and free holiday.” There’s a few special features if you really care that much.