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December 2, 2021

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A disappointed dog

It’s taken a whole week for my dog to read to page 21 in last week’s Echo. She’s been...

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Coal shame for Queensland and Australian

Local Whitsundays resident Paul Jukes took action this morning against the continued development of the Adani Carmichael Coal Mine.

Fake Greens

This is a strange election. Michael Lyon, Jeanette Martin (and retired Simon Richardson) all rode the Greens ticket to get...

On yer marks! get set – fundraise!

The Ballina Region for Refugees were part of a nationwide event on the weekend – a 5-kilometre fundraising walk on a drizzly, grey Sunday, but with spirits undampened. 

Editorial – More Byron Shire council candidate Q&A!

Where do candidates stand on disused railways and pay parking? Are they to the left of Chairman Mao Zedong, or the right of Genghis Khan?

Lismore Councillor candidate bios – Group A: Labor

The Echo asked all the Lismore election Councillor candidates to send in a bio. First cab off the rank was current Councillor Darlene Cook and Group A.

Give them a doggie inch…

Your article on dogs (17 November) is a sad reminder of the adage… give them an inch and they...

I have liked Drew Barrymore ever since I saw her as the little girl in ET, but I can’t stand the monstrous ego and knuckle-dragging ‘comedy’ of Adam Sandler. His CV of lousy movies is second to none, so the depths to which he might sink in his latest disposable Hollywood rom-com was always going to depend on whether the sweet Barrymore could keep it afloat.

She can’t.

They were thrown together with only mildly disastrous consequences in The Wedding Singer and Fifty First Dates, but the odds firmed in favour of this being yet another dud when I saw the name of director Frank Coraci, whose collaborations with Sandler and Kevin James have given dross a bad name.

The setup is as old as the hills. Jim and Lauren, both single parents, meet on a blind date at Hooters – such blatant product placement should be enough to give the game away.

The date goes pear-shaped and, you wouldn’t dream about it … they meet up again when they are on holiday with their kids in South Africa.

Obvious is too subtle a word to describe the bell-clanging certainty with which Jim and Lauren’s inevitable falling for each other is laid out before us.

The scenery, a pleasant distraction, is of the eye-candy variety and the general tone of what is an execrable, deliberately unsophisticated script is more in keeping with the Stone Age.

Sandler’s view of women appears to have been heavily influenced by the Taliban, and how he gets away with the demeaning racial stereotyping that defiles this crock is beyond me.

Unfortunately, the dispiriting truth of the matter is that there is an audience that is regularly amused by it. Ordinarily I prefer not to quote other reviewers, but the New York Times‘s AO Scott hits the nail on the head, viz: ‘Most of Blended has the look and pacing of a three-camera sitcom filmed by a bunch of eighth-graders and conceived by their less-bright classmates’.

What he said.

~ John Campbell


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