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Blended is a 2014 American film produced by Happy Madison Productions. It stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.

After a bad blind date at Hooters, two single parents, Jim (Sandler) and Lauren (Barrymore) who contrast in many ways, soon find themselves and their children on a vacation in a African resort.

Blended contains the following tropes:

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Both Lauren and Jim: Jim for treating his girls like most fathers would treat boys, Lauren for being overprotective and overly affectionate.
  • Blended Family Drama: The film is about single parents Jim and Lauren who wind up taking a "familymoon" together along with all their kids. During the trip, Jim and Lauren grow closer and bond with the others' children, who also begin to get along despite initial awkwardness. The film ends with the parents affirming their desire to be with each other (to the delight of their kids).
  • Children Are Innocent: Lauren and her boys get the parents' room in the suite, complete with fire pole (i.e. stripper pole), cherry pan-ties (read: edible underwear), and a box of costumes (bondage gear, complete with mask, gimp suit, and whip
  • Covert Pervert: Brendan thinks he is this, perving on Ginger's cleavage and camel toe. He's actually not so covert about it.
  • Disappeared Dad: Mark, Lauren's ex-husband, clearly doesn't give a damn about his sons, and goes out of his way to travel for work rather than spend time with them. Their divorce was also triggered by him cheating on Lauren.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Jim’s middle child is named Espn, after Jim's favorite network.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Jim's oldest is Hillary, but is getting rather annoyed with her father continuously calling her Larry.
  • Feminine Mother, Tomboyish Daughter: Inverted. Jim's wife was a tomboy, so he expects his daughters to also be tomboys and treats them as such. He's surprised when Lauren gives Larry a feminine makeover, and she's a lot happier about how she looks.
  • Imaginary Friend: Espn is still overcoming the loss of her mother, and finds comfort in pretending that she's still around. She talks to her and holds seats at the table for her.
  • Ironic Echo: Hillary getting made up makes Lauren think up "I'm Every Woman", Jake "I'll Make Love to You" and Jim "It's the End of the World As We Know It". Lauren's makeover in turn makes Hillary, Jim, and Brendan think of those same songs in that order (see Parent with New Paramour).
  • It Makes Sense in Context: Lauren is rather annoyed that Jim chose to bring her to Hooters for their blind date. And considers him rather disgusting that he's apparently there enough for the waitresses to know him by name and for him to know theirs. She changes her mind when Hillary mentions offhand that her mother managed that particular restaurant before she died, realizing that it's someplace that both reminds him of his wife and feels comfortable.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Larry and Espn both have pageboy haircuts and don't wear makeup, causing people to mistake them for boys, to both their consternations.
  • The Lost Lenore: Jim's wife died of cancer and he has a very hard time dealing with his growing feelings for Lauren because of it.
  • Missing Mom: Jim's wife passed away some time prior to the start of the film; this particularly still effects his middle child, Espn, who isn’t quite ready to let go of her mother.
  • Parent with New Paramour: Brendan is in denial about his parents' marriage being over, so he preemptively tries to drive away Jim in case he's a potential suitor for Lauren.
  • Running Gag: Lauren bonking her younger son Tyler's head when he's passed out and she has to carry him to bed.
  • Shipper on Deck: Jim's daughters all like Lauren and push their dad to start a relationship. Lauren's boys take a bit longer to take a liking to Jim, but they come around.
  • Suspiciously Apropos Music: The choir led by Nickens has this tendency.
  • Tampon Run: Jim and Lauren run into each other at the pharmacy trying to buy tampons and magazines, respectively, for their children. They help each other pick out the right items and swap them at the checkout to avoid the awkwardness, but Jim blabs about the swap, defeating the purpose.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Brendan talks about how his mom is hot and has a "rockin' body". It squicks out people who hear it.
    Barber: Hey, that's sick, man.
    Brendan: That was out of context!
    Barber: Was it?
  • Tomboy: Jim's daughters. Larry turns into a Tomboy with a Girly Streak in Africa.
  • Tomboyish Name: Two of Jim's daughters are given more masculine nicknames - eldest daughter Hilary is referred to as "Larry" and youngest daughter Louise is "Lou".
  • Verbal Backspace: Lauren, fed up with their first date, asks Jim which reason his wife left him. She has to apologize immediately when he mentions that the reason is cancer.
  • Verbed Title: Blended.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Lauren's ex is rather flighty and often ditches his sons to work, even cancelling a planned trip that sets off the vacation part of the plot.