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|Production country:||USA 2014|
|Running time:||Approx. 117 min.|
|Rated:||From 0 years]|
The blind date between widower Jim (Adam Sandler) and divorced Lauren (Drew Barrymore) couldn't have been worse. And so both are happy that they never have to see each other again after this messed up evening. But chance brings the single parents together again - and that to a holiday for patchwork families in Africa. In the idyll of this luxurious safari hotel, a real nightmare seems to be about to begin. But little by little Jim and Lauren realize that they have more in common than they thought. And their children realize how beautiful life can be in an extended family. But this vacation holds still some further turbulent surprises ready for the two families…
"Urlaubsreif" is after "a wedding to fall in love" and "50 first Dates" the third co-operation of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. There is a very pleasant chemistry between the two, which still works very well in the third attempt. One notices that the two understand each other well and can adjust their timing well to each other. Under the direction of Frank Coraci ("A wedding to fall in love") the couple is now sent on a rather mixed African holiday. "Holiday Ready" is much better than the last Sandler movies "Chaos Dad" or "Jack & Jill". And if the gags work, then they're really good laughs. But the quality and charm of the first two cooperations of Sandler and Barrymore is unfortunately far too rarely achieved.
That may have several reasons. On the one hand, "holiday maturity" takes quite a long time to get into the corridors. The first twenty minutes are almost completely free of sparking jokes and focus more on more serious moments. This may be justified in a way, but fans expect a gag firework from an Adam Sandler movie, which at first is only presented on a low flame. Once the two families have arrived in Africa, it is much more humorous to get down to business. But as so often, the best moments can already be seen in the trailer. The rest are warmed up jokes from other Sandler movies or gags, which might be nice at the beginning, but are simply ridden to death in the further course of the movie.
Another disturbing factor are the overdrawn characters. Squeaky blondes and hyperactive children are not funny, but simply annoying in the long run. There are repeated attempts to lend the figures a little depth and warmth. But just because the mixture of quieter moments and the gags served with the wooden hammer doesn't really work out, these attempts also remain ineffective. The fact that the high song to the patchwork family is unnecessarily prolonged until the long predictable finale doesn't really make the movie any better.
No question, "Urlaubsreif" has some very good moments. The scene in which Jim's otherwise rather boyish daughter Hilary (Bella Thorne) enters the dining room of the luxury hotel after a complete re-styling is really very funny. And also the omnipresent vocal troupe, who seem to have the right song for every situation in their repertoire, is quite amusing at least in the beginning. But all in all the good jokes and funny ideas are in the minority. Nevertheless: those who liked "My invented wife" will also have fun on this chaotic family holiday. Not a direct hit, but also no complete tube krepier and therefore also: worth seeing with some swabs!
An article by Frankfurt-Tipp