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Plot: Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he's finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the very next day.
Runtime: 99 mins Release Date: 13 Feb 2004
Never mind the sucky parts, this is what love is (by SPQ)
See, I am a married man. And watching this movie, at home on the sofa with my wife whom I love above anything and hopefully always will, almost brought me to tears and easily did her. This movie, no matter all the overdone/overacted characters and the fact that Adam Sandler is probably the worst person in the world the act crying, is simply the best description of love ever. To have the energy to every day win over the heart of the one you love, is what we all should do, though ever so often don't have the energy to.I believe that movie criticism often nitpicks too much on technical <more>
details or other such stuff of -actually- little importance. Show me a person who is not moved by this film and I show you a person who knows zip about real love. Real, I mean. I am not a religious person and this made me feel closer to what people often call God, whatever that is. Maybe I exaggerate, but I want to. And no work of art, of any genre, can be asked to do any more. On scale of 1 to 10, this goes to 11. Can you see?!
Take a little "Memento," Add a generous helping of "Groundhog Day," and even a little of "Sommersby" and you have "50 First Dates". Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler create a synergy that neither has been able to capture with anyone else. Together, they produce a romantic team comparable to Gere and Roberts, Day and Hudson, Grant and Loren and Tracy and Hepburn. My wife and I watch "The Wedding Singer" at least once a year. While "50 First Dates" is a superior movie, I don't know if I can take the melancholy ending again. For once <more>
I'm grateful for the Khamakazee antics of Sandler's acting ensemble, particulary Sean Astin and Rob Schneider. If Schneider wasn't playing such a farcial role, he would be a natural for an Oscar. Certainly the animals add a lot to the farce. The goofy humor makes the basically tragic scenario not only bearable but almost pleasant. It's also genuinely funny.Sandler convincingly plays a marine biologist !!! in Hawaii who enjoys "entertaining" the "mainlanders." Sandler doesn't date "locals". He wants nothing to interfere with his dream of studying walruses. He discovers Barrymore having breakfast in a local bar and grill. What captures Sandler's attention, even more than her beauty, is Barrymore's creativity. What Sandler doesn't know is that Barrymore has brain damage. The brain cells which move short term memory to long term storage are destroyed. She forgots everything she's learned during the day while she sleeps. So, Sandler, the lothario who forgots his relationships with mainlanders after one week finds himself in love with a woman who forgets hers in 24 hours. That's writing genius, something you don't see very often, and Sandler, Barrymore, and Sandler's acting troupe handle it perfectly.Though my wife is physically handicapped, my mother has severe short term memory loss. So, I really related to the trajedy so expertly portrayed in "50 First Dates". It's not often I give a movie that leaves me this sad a "10". The last time, I believe, was "Sommersby". Nonetheless, "50 First Dates" is a "10," since there is nothing about it I can suggest that make it better. P.S. Looking forward to the NEXT Sandler/Barrymore collaboration.
This movie is so much more than what you think! It takes you on an emotional roller coaster. It is both hilarious and touching.I would recommend this to anyone that likes comedies or romantic comedies. I wouldn't recommend it for children, though. Some of the humor is too mature.Even if you're not an Adam Sandler fan, you'll love him in this. Same goes for Drew Barrymore.I love this movie, and I didn't think I would. The movie turned out to be more than what I thought. And it will be more than what you think, too!
Excellent Romantic Comedy. This Is Good Whether You're A Sandler Fan or Not! (by Elswet)
Let me begin this by stating that Drew IS the star of this work. Sandler is a mere detail, although I found his performance very enjoyable. What did NOT belong here was Rob Schneider. He should have been excised from this work in every way, shape, and form. He had no place here, but we all know Sandler WILL employ his friends who have a hard time getting a job otherwise. You just can't hate that about someone. It is a trait to be admired. But when your friend is as untalented as Rob, get him a job as a crew member, NOT a cast member! Okay, enough of that.This was only mildly funny, <more>
because the subject matter was too serious to actually rate outright comedy. The comedy is light, because it HAS to be light in order to sell the later premise.The later premise is presented beautifully, in sensitivity, and with a fair amount of awe. I thoroughly enjoyed it.It rates an 8.8/10 on the RomCom Scale from...the Fiend :.
A girl with a brain illness meet a boy who fell in love with her. (by CrisBSola)
One of the most beautiful romantic films I have ever seen, those that make you cry and want a relationship like theirs just for the fact of having someone that loves you so much, that much he'd sacrifice everything for you. Like The Notebook or Titatic. It deserves you watch it.
This is what you call a 'feel-good' film (by EvilNeverDies)
The basic storyline of 50 First Dates: Henry Roth lives in Hawaii and spend his time wooing women who are visiting the island, simply because there is little chance of commitment. Then he meets Lucy Whitmore. One day they hit it off, and the next she doesn't even recognise him. It turns out that she suffers from short-term memory loss, and every day he tries to win her over once more. Firstly, I have to say that 50 First Dates is a really funny film. It isn't overly stupid, but it's not subtle either. But underneath the humour is where I believe this film's true beauty lies. <more>
It shows love in a way that I have never seen in another film before. From the way that her family sacrifices everything to keep her happy, and blissfully unaware of her condition, to Henry who, despite the fact that he could have just about any woman that he wanted, decides that he wants to be with Lucy, regardless of the fact that he has to meet her for the first time every day. Henry's character undergoes somewhat of a transformation in front of our eyes. The film starts off with him coming across as somewhat of a pig well, to us women anyway : , and by the end of the film, we truly admire him. He even sacrifices his dream so that he can be with Lucy, and help her to move on with her life. The film isn't really predictable, either. For example, I spent the entire films assuming that the ending would be somewhat different. Although romcoms almost always have happy endings, this one damn near had me in tears. And it wasn't even sad. I never knew what a feel-good film was until I saw this...highly recommended.
When "50 First Dates came to theaters, I really wasn't interested enough to go see it. When it came out on video, I waited about 2 months to see it until it came down to the $1.99 rental price.Was I surprised! This movie was so entertaining to me, that I wound up buying it. I only buy about 5 or 6 videos a year, so you can see that I really must have enjoyed it. It won't win any Oscars, but it will make you feel good when you watch it.I am familiar with the condition that Lucy has here having a cousin who has a similar problem and has had it for several years. I was really <more>
concerned with how a production company can play a condition like that for laughs, but, somehow, they pulled it off. They treated the subject matter with dignity showing that the people who have this terrible condition can and do have somewhat normal lives. My cousin does it the diary way. She doesn't lose her memory everyday, but at different times. She has gone as long as 3 months in retaining her memory and has lost it on other occasions after 4 hours. I am not a big Adam Sandler fan, having always thought he was a bit "over the top" in his other films. I thought he was going to do this in this film as well after the first few minutes of the movie. However, when he is shown in the diner with Lucy, he shows that he is really a nice guy who, deep down, wants to find a relationship that is fulfilling with a pretty girl.Drew Berrymore is another actress that I don't particularly care for most of the time, but she is really a sweetheart playing Lucy. She is just so lovable in this role, it's hard to believe that she has the Demons in her past. Rob Schneider is very good in his supporting role as is Sean Astin as Doug, the 'roid raging brother of Lucy.Again, not an Oscar winner, but well worth the $15 or so to purchase it at WalMart.Marty
Let me start this review by admitting that Adam Sandler is at the bottom of my 'funny people'-list. The guy just doesn't do anything for me. I don't think he's funny at all. I think Drew Barrymore is absolutely hilarious though and she carries every single movie she makes.The first ten minutes of the movie are awful. Every cliché in the books passes us and Adam Sandler is simply horrible. After the first ten minutes something changes though. I'm not sure what it is. Maybe I learned to appreciate the humor or maybe the movie got funnier, I don't know, but...what a <more>
great movie it is.I won't bore you with the story of the movie, but this is it in a nutshell: Henry Adam Sandler meets Lucy Drew Barrymore in a diner and the two really connect. The next day she doesn't remember him though and Henry finds out that due to a car accident, Lucy suffers from short memory loss. Meaning that everyday she wakes up under the impression that it's still the day of the car accident. She does the same thing every day, over and over again, not remembering what she did the day before. Henry believes Lucy is worth fighting for and every single day he manages to make Lucy fall in love with him. He hopes one day she will wake up and remember him. This of course never happens. He stays true to her though and the two get married and have a daughter.What surprised me about the movie is that it's definitely not just a comedy. Sure, it's funny at points and even hilarious sometimes Like ten-second Tom for example , but...it's just very romantic. There's just something deep behind the whole idea of 'falling in love with someone over and over again'. This movie deals with that in the literal sense and there's just something beautiful about that.Conclusion: Drew Barrymore shines as always in this movie that goes a little deeper than your average romantic comedy. And Adam Sandler? He's not all that bad.I give this movie 8/10 stars. I loved it.
Spoilers herein.I've come to appreciate this actress. Women can do things in that space between the film and us that male actors just cannot. Blame it on the feminine nature or cultural imperatives, depending on your views. But there is no denying that the art is quite different for women.Drew is not a particularly intelligent actress, nor one concerned with particularly noteworthy projects. But she knows movies, she knows herself and she knows how do a few things in service to the projects she chooses.And she does choose. These days she is a power in the business and can shape a project, <more>
even one initiated and controlled by Sandler.In this case, she works with a simple notion that has depth: movies are never about life, always about other movies. Date movies especially refer to a particular work of love that was invented by movies - and only exists there. So they are about memory. Each visit into a film is a new short term memory that we relate somehow to the frame of our larger lives.In other words, this is a movie about movies pretending to be a love story comedy. It starts with an incongruous James Bond parody, but not a parody to us, rather to another character in the movie. And not just one girl, but many, each representing a genre. Check it out.Then we have the performing animals. The constructions in the restaurant, the scenarios on the highway, the videos, the obsession of the brother with image, the art that is recreated every day.All courtesy, it seems, of Flower Productions, her company.The test audiences must not have liked all the stuff about the genius kids that was cut. Too bad. Also too bad about the product placement. A little too crass.Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.