Blended | Podcast Episode 12

Blended lessons learned

Blended is great fun.  Sure, it’s Sandler at his most Sandler-iness, but you can’t deny the chemistry between him and Drew Barrymore.  This is their 3rd outing together, and it’s worth watching just like the prior two.

Lessons Learned from Blended

Actions speak louder than words.

  • It’s obvious that Jim (Adam Sandler) and Lauren (Barrymore) care about their kids.  But, it’s also obvious that Lauren’s ex-husband Mark (Joel McHale) doesn’t care about his family as evidenced by his lack of participation.  His words have no meaning because his actions show them how he feels.

Think of and be considerate of the other person you’re spending time with.

  • Jim taking Lauren out to Hooters, while it’s a meaningful place to him, would be off-putting to her for a first date.

blended on safari

Practical jokes aren’t as funny as you think they’re going to be.

  • A couple practical jokes backfired on Jim and Lauren didn’t find them funny at all.  Most people, I suspect, feel this way when they are the butt of any practical joke.

Spank Your Kids!

  • This is Dusty’s life lesson (although Sky doesn’t follow this).  Proverbs 13:24 – “Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.”

Ginger shimmying

Don’t skimp on vacations.

  • Dan Patrick’s character of Dick “Lolipopolous” went all out on his once-in-a-lifetime trip to Africa.  That’s how vacations should be done.  You’re there only once, get the most out of it you can and don’t worry about the cost.

Go on vacation with your kids.

  • Take them with you and give them great experiences that they’ll learn from and the memories they develop from these experiences will be carried with them throughout their life.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Of course, the critics can’t bring themselves to laugh at an Adam Sandler movie (and such a shame that is).  The critics score is 14%, while the audience is at 63% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Critics are just too good for Sandler, eh?

Dusty has chosen Crazy Rich Asians as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from The Meg.

Kingpin (1996: Harrelson, Quaid, Murray | Episode 6

Kingpin is an incredible Farrelly Brothers comedy and we’ve loved it since college.  Great story and characters perfectly portrayed by the actors.  We especially LOVED Bill Murray!  It’s wall-to-wall comedy and laugh-out loud scenes.  Love those 10 nut shots and other running gags.

Lessons Learned from Kingpin:

Never give up on your dreams.

  • Ishmael wanting to continue when Roy wanted to quit after discovering that his average came from bowling 15 frame games.

When something feels hinky, DO NOT proceed.  

  • Roy knew it was a bad idea to follow Big Earn and cheating the bowling father and his buddies.

Don’t blame others for your problems; everything is own damn fault.

  • Roy blaming Big Earn for 17 years when it was his own fault due to his poorly thought actions.

If you give up one moral, the next and then the next ones fall more easily.

  • Ishmael, with his Amish heritage, never did anything bad and worked harder than anyone around them. He hooked up with Roy and suddenly finds himself saying yes to cigarettes, then coffee then alcohol and all the other things he should’ve never partaken in.

Don’t poop in a urinal.

The comb-over is phenomenal and it’s a must-have for Dusty should he lose his hair someday.  Sky?  No, he’ll just go bald like today’s action movie heroes Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham.  Not bad company, eh?

Check out the Red Rose bowling ball on Amazon.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Critics gave it a 50% on Rotten Tomatoes!  For shame, critics, for shame…

Dusty has chosen Ant-Man and the Wasp as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.