They were both married a long time and they're really not ready to date again, but their friends keep telling them they have to move on.
So, somehow they get set up on this blind date and it doesn't go well. He says all the wrong things and drinks her beer, and then she ends up choking on her soup and that's pretty much the high point of the evening." 'They almost start to get into a rhythm several times but it goes awry each time and that's so true to life," adds Drew Barrymore.
Whereas those earlier movies were more about first love and just starting out, this is about two people who never lost that capacity for fun and romance but have also experienced more of life, and they definitely brought that wisdom and perspective to the roles." 'Who doesn't want to laugh and escape into something that is actually about real life, and family, and love, and the day-to-day things we all go through with our marriages and our kids," asks Drew Barrymore.
'It's very relevant, and there are some heartfelt, meaningful moments in this movie that will definitely touch you, but make you feel good at the same time." Producer Karz offers the initial inspiration for the story.
And then, to Adam Sandler's credit, he found us the perfect project"a big, fun comedy with real, touching moments." Adam Sandler, who also served as a producer on 'Blended," with Mike Karz, and with longtime Happy Madison producing partner Jack Giarraputo, sent her the script. I love it, and would you take a look at this, Drewsky? While struggling to make a living and raise their kids as best they can, looking for love is a more complicated proposition than it once was, involving after-school schedules, babysitters, curfews and tough questions. No longer a matter of just finding that one special person, it's now about finding that one special person who will also be good for your children.
Very often, it's the dreams and desires of the adults that are the last item on the list.
'What's different about the two of them this time, which was really appropriate for the story, is that, like their characters, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are both parents now, with all these added responsibilities.
'We thought it could be more interesting for two people to have a disastrous blind date and then be forced together with their kids to share a family vacation," says Ivan Menchell.
On top of that, 'They take over this package from someone else, with all the things those other people had put into play, whether a romantic dinner or what the kids were going to do, so these two are now living someone else's dream, which is their nightmare." Additionally, says Clare Sera, 'We wanted to have a place where they would be confined and couldn't leave, so, once they both committed to the package, there was no way out." Placing the story in such an exotic and expansive setting also goes a long way toward dragging Jim and Lauren out of their daily routines and comfort zones"as well as, maybe, their assumptions about each other"and toward a rush of experiences they couldn't have imagined having, let alone enjoying, weeks ago. 'In some ways," Frank Coraci suggests, 'Dating with kids isn't essentially that much different than dating without kids.
'How many times have we met someone and maybe liked them, and had things in common, but just couldn't get it right somehow.
And you think, -Why does it keep going off the rails with this person?
Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Bella Thorne, Terry Crews Director: Frank Coraci Genre: Comedy Rated: M Running Time: 117 minutes Synopsis: After a disastrous blind date, single parents Lauren (Drew Barrymore) and Jim (Adam Sandler) agree on only one thing: they never want to see each other again.