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Venturing off campus from Greendale, 'Community's Joel McHale has just landed himself a role in an as-yet-untitled Adam Sandler romantic comedy. The film will once again pair Sandler with Drew Barrymore, with the plot centering around two single parents who, after an utterly awful first date, end up trapped at a family resort together with their respective kids from previous marriages in tow. McHale will purportedly playing Barrymore's skeezy, immature ex-husband. Warner Brothers has set Frank Coraci ('Here Comes the Boom') to direct. The film was originally pitched in 2007 under the title 'Blended.' On the big screen, McHale was last seen in Seth MacFarlane's 'Ted,' and will next be appearing in 'A Friggin' Christmas Miracle' alongside Robin Williams. No word yet on an official release date.
Joel, no! This is not the way to transition to film. Adam Sandler movies have become the woeful antithesis of funny, and his most recent disaster, 'That's My Boy' is one of the few films I have ever walked out of. I mean have you seen that trailer for 'Grown Ups 2?' Oof. That being said, Sandler does tend to work pretty well with Drew Barrymore. '50 First Dates' was cute and I thoroughly enjoyed 'The Wedding Singer,' which Coraci also directed. However, Coraci was also at the helm for the last two atrocious Kevin James vehicles 'Here Comes the Boom' and 'Zookeeper,' so I'm not ready to set aside my pessimism just yet. I love Joel McHale, he's always been great on 'The Soup' and obviously he's a fantastic anchor for 'Community's quirky ensemble. But given his track record of cinematic project selection, it's starting to look like he just doesn't actually want a career in film. Obviously that's his choice and there is no edict that says he has to make the leap, but it pains me as a fan to watch him wasted in crap like 'The Big Year' and 'What's Your Number.' He was decent in 'Ted,' but that was such a nothing character. In fact the only film that he's been in that I thought presented him with an interesting performance opportunity was Steven Soderbergh's 'The Informant,' and he nailed it. I guess we'll have to wait and see on this new Sandler rom-com, but let's just say my anticipation is not running high.
What do you guys think? Based on the meager plot description, would you see this new Sandler/Barrymore rom-com. Does the presence of Joel McHale affect your enthusiasm one way or the other?