Buried among this week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases is a movie that, by the looks of it, was supposed to be one of the summer’s big hits: Blended, the third onscreen teaming of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. Their first film, 1998’s The Wedding Singer, reshaped Sandler into a romantic lead and got him less-vicious-than-usual reviews, while grossing $80 million domestic; its follow-up, 2004’s 50 First Dates, did $120 million. But stars can fall over a decade, and Sandler and Barrymore’s big reunion was a big disappointment, only pulling $46 million total (barely more than First Dates’ first weekend). In other words, lightning doesn’t always strike twice, and for every Hope and Crosby or Redford and Newman, there are plenty of cinematic reunions that didn’t quite pan out.
In 1992, Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, and director James Foley teamed up for the electrifying film adaptation of David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize winner Glengarry Glen Ross. The reviews were rhapsodic, though the box office didn’t exactly blaze; it only brought in $10 million. But that gross would’ve warmed the hearts of the financiers of Two Bits, directed by Foley, co-starring Pacino, and narrated by Baldwin. The 1995 Depression-era coming-of-age movie grossed an anemic $26,282 during its two-theater release over the busy Thanksgiving weekend, with distributor Miramax puling the picture almost immediately and cutting their losses by sending it to video.