This Happy Madison film may not make the top ten list, and might not be everyone's cup of tea, but if you're an Adam Sandler fan, it's one of the better ones I've seen in a while.
At 'Hooters' on the first date
Jim and Lauren have been out of the dating game for a while. They've been busy giving 100% to their children for so long, they decide to take 1% for themselves and meet on a blind date.
It doesn't go very well at all, starting from the moment Jim chooses 'Hooters' as the meeting place for their first date. With emergency evacuation plans in place by both parties before the date, Jim beats Lauren to the punch and leaves before her. They both decide it was a total disaster, never to be repeated.
Fate however intervenes when Lauren's girlfriend breaks up with her lover, who happens to be Jim's boss, and there are non-refundable tickets to Africa going to waste. Both Lauren and Jim separately take advantage of the situation to give their children a great spring break and end up sharing the same holiday.
Shock horror, Lauren and her boys spot the other half of their blended holiday
From here on, the tried and true Adam Sandler movie formula weaves its magic, working its way through children with issues, coming of age and awkward moments, with a barrel of funny, cute and touching moments that had me tearing up. Maybe I'm just a softie and maybe I've seen this formula many times before. This however did not detract from the fact that I enjoyed the laughs and the movie.
Jim and his look alike daughters, groomed by a clueless dad
Sure, there are corny moments and musicians that come out of nowhere throughout the movie, but that's all part of the charm for the hardcore Sandler fans.
For me, the magic still works between the two stars whom have starred in other movies together like the Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates. Throw in a barrel of cute children, add a few quirky characters with some in your face habits, the mighty athlete Shaquille O'Neal, and it all works for me.
If you're a fan, I definitely would not hold back from seeing this film. Grab a few laughs, perhaps shed a couple of tears and most certainly enjoy the smile that's going to be planted on your lips from many a sweet moment in this film.