Released: March 25 2004
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Sean Astin, Blake Clark
Director & Writer: Peter Segal
Running Time: 99 Minutes
It's Happening So Fast
In the unforgettable romantic comedy '50 First Dates', love means never having to say "Who the hell are you?"Marine vet Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) finds the perfect woman, Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore) and falls head over heels for her. But when he sees her the following day, she hasn't a clue as to who he is. Lucy suffers form a rare brain disorder that wipes her memory clean every night. Now, with the help of his friend Ula (Rob Schneider), he has to concoct new and increasingly clever ways to meet her and get her to fall for him every day.
Billiant, loved it. Finally a film called Comedy that you can really laugh to. The perfect film that only the likes of Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler could pull off. They have a special connection, both onscreen and as offscreen best buddies. Sandler is as inventive in his ways to win his true love Barrymore as she is to counterattack his advances. In true femine style, Barrymore demonstrates how men should never presume that they know what women want, cause it's a sure sign they will change. A light-hearted comedy with an interesting performance by Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee - Lord of the Rings), Sean didn't know you had it in you.
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore worked together previously on the film 'The Wedding Singer'and '50 First Dates'is another collaboration that works because they have some good on-screen chemistry happening again. Henry Roth is a womaniser who has left a stream of women in his wake. He meets Lucy Whitmore and something just clicks for him, as it does for her also. His womanising days are over, or so he thinks until he discovers that Lucy's affliction. This is where the fun really starts as Henry devises different ways of getting Lucy to fall for him. It would be a hard task for anyone to continue and eventually Henry thinks enough is enough and decides it is time that Lucy knew the truth. That brings to the film some moral dilemmas, which bring some balance against the comedy.
The film is at its best when the two lead characters are onscreen and falters when they aren't. Adam Sandler plays Adam Sandler yet again and uses his well-worn deadpan delivery. Drew Barrymore on the other hand at least added some brightness to the scenery. Some of the extra characters in the movie are overdone - Lucy's brother the steroid-abusing lisping Doug, and Alexa, the mixed gender? foreign assistant to Henry are the two could have used the 'less is more'approach, although Doug was very funny at times. The character of Ula, played by the oft-maligned Rob Schneider is a welcome sidekick to Henry, along with his tribe of children.
The real beauty of this movie however, is the setting - Hawaii. The movie works so much because of this, how much more romantic could it be to keep having a first kiss, which Lucy and Henry do every day, than in the gorgeous Hawaii? There is also a fun lively soundtrack to keep the pace up-tempo. '50 First Dates'is a bit of a no-brainer that is simply entertaining for the duration, but you probably will end up bit like Lucy - tomorrow you may not remember it, but at least it's fun while it lasts.