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Peter Segal, Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler | Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
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Scatological and sentimental, satirical and sincere, 50 FIRST DATES pairs Adam Sandler with Drew Barrymore in this romantic comedy about the power of love and short-term memory loss in Hawaii. Henry Roth (Sandler), the local marina veterinarian, only dates tourists because he's afraid of commitment--that is, until he meets Lucy (Barrymore). Unfortunately, Lucy lost her short-term memory months ago in a car accident, and for her, each day is October the 13th. She follows the same routine every day--breakfast at the same restaurant, pineapple-picking with her dad, and eventually bed time, where sleep wipes away her short-term memory. Henry, however, refuses to be forgotten, and as his puppy love matures, he embarks on a quest to restore her memory, or at least be a part of her everyday routine. But vying for Lucy's attention isn't always easy. Sandler explores various neophytic approaches before making a video for Lucy to watch every morning, reminding her of who she is and what she's doing. The film includes a trademark Sandler ballad as Henry serenades Lucy with his ukulele and a series of familiar salacious puns. Rob Schneider plays Henry's best friend, a goofy native stoner whose physical hijinks earn numerous laughs, and a cameo by Dan Akroyd as Lucy's doctor rounds out the cast.

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  • Edition: Special Edition - Full Frame
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 043396060500

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"An impressively daring romantic comedy."
New York Times - A. O. Scott (02/13/2004)

"The stars have a goo-goo chemistry that's hard to resist."
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Glieberman (02/20/2004)

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Created: 10/24/05

50 First Dates (2004, DVD)

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Is there any way I could just forget this movie?

I'm a fan of Adam Sandler. Am I a huge fan? No. But I do like his humor and I've been a fan of most of his movies. Mostly, I just like it when he flies off the handle and screams. It's funny to me in a very baseless, kindergarten way. But at least I like it.

Drew Barrymore on the other hand...well, I haven't liked her in a movie since the last one she did with Sandler. Which might be why they decided to team up again.

Sandler (I forget his name in the movie) is a guy that likes to love `em and leave `em. He meets the tourists, bangs them, gives them some hokey lie about who he is - and he's on to the next one. And this seems to be working for him. He's got some weird friends and an odd job as a marine mammal veterinarian (is there such a thing?) - but he seems happy. Hey, he's living in Hawaii. Who wouldn't be happy?

But all of that seems to change, strangely, when he meets Drew Barrymore in a coffee shop and endearingly helps her make a waffle hut. They hit it off - sparks fly - and our boy is changed forever. Or so he thinks.

When he goes back to the coffee shop the next day to continue where they left off - she doesn't remember him and blows him off. Why? Well, Drew has some sort of mental "condition" where she's lost all short term memory and lives the same day over and over again (Bill Murray would be proud). Sandler, vexed by this woman he is falling for, decides to do his best to get her to notice him all over again and again and again.

While the premise has a bit of promise, the comedy is sorely lacking. There are but a few jokes in the whole thing. Sandler and Barrymore's romance is very cookie cutter for a somewhat original premise. And the worst thing is that Sandler's character learns his "womanizing lesson" about a third of the way through the film - which isn't really a good idea - since every movie is a journey of discovery for it's main characters. Once the journey ends - the movie usually does too. But not here. It just keeps going and going. And while you may have hope that Barrymore's clueless character might learn something - she never does.

The real stinker here is the ending that is so inexplicable, I nearly laughed out loud - but not in a good way.

There are a few bright spots in the movie, however. Rob Schneider is very funny as the perverted, clueless, henpecked surfer with too many kids. Sean Astin also has a nice turn as the roided up idiot brother of Barrymore. Actually, it's just good to see him no longer a fat hobbit. I was starting to ask, "Who ate the kid from The Goonies?" The scenery is beautiful and the soundtrack is nifty, with modern artists covering 80's hits.

The DVD boasts commentary from Barrymore and the director, some trailers, deleted scenes with optional commentary, a "making of", some music videos from the soundtrack, a gag reel, a Talkin' Pidgin featurette, and the Comedy Central special. Not bad. Buy it if you just love Sandler or Barrymore. Rent it if your just interested.

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Created: 11/10/09

50 First Dates

Henry Roth (Adam Sandler), a womanizing marine-life veterinarian living in Hawaii, meets Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore), an art teacher, in a café one morning. They hit it off and agree to meet in the café the next morning. The following day, however, Lucy claims not to know Henry. The café owner pulls Henry aside and explains that Lucy suffers from anterograde amnesia (called 'Goldfield Syndrome' in the movie) as a result of a car accident she was in a year earlier. Her condition has left her with no memory of anything between the day of the accident and the present, because she is incapable of converting short-term memories into long-term memories. At the beginning of each day, she loses all memory of the past day. She innocently believes every day to be October 13, 2002. Her father, Marlin (Blake Clarke), and brother, Doug (Sean Astin), attempt to re-enact the activities of October 13, her father's birthday, every day, to prevent her from suffering from learning about the accident.

Realizing that he is beginning to fall in love with Lucy, Henry sheds his philandering ways and begins devising new ways to ‘meet’ her again every day, hoping that one day she will retain her memories – and feelings – for him. Henry and Lucy’s family eventually realize that they can’t lie to her about what has happened forever, and so instead begin to leave video tapes for her to watch each morning, explaining her situation and relationship with Henry. Over time, Lucy begins to reciprocate Henry’s feelings, even going so far as to accept his marriage proposal. One morning, however, she overhears Henry telling Marlin that he has canceled his plans to sail to the Arctic on a research expedition – something he had been planning and saving money for 10 years – in order to be with Lucy. Not wanting to be the person to hold him back, she ends the relationship and commits herself to a specialist unit in hospital, allowing herself to forget all about Henry. A heartbroken Henry, meanwhile, finally saves the money needed to begin his trip, and, after a farewell from Marlin and Doug, sets sail. Shortly after departing he realizes that Marlin had hinted that Lucy had indeed remembered Henry, and he rushes back to the hospital to see her. Upon seeing him again, Lucy explains that she still doesn’t know who Henry is, but that she has somehow remembered his face and she had dreams with him in them, as evidenced by the many paintings and pictures she has produced of him whilst in hospital. Knowing that this is proof of the love she has for him, and he for her, the couple reunite.

Several years later Lucy wakes up in a strange bed with a video tape on the night stand next to her, reading "Good Morning, Lucy". She watches it, and cries as she relives her accident while the tape explains everything that has happened, including scenes from Henry and Lucy's wedding. She then looks out the window and is shocked to find out that she's on a boat in the Arctic. She comes out onto the deck of the boat to be greeted by Henry as well as her father and her young daughter sailing on Henry's ship, his dream finally fulfilled.

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Created: 05/29/09

50 FIRST DATES (DVD,2004,SPECIAL EDITION-FULL FRAME)

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THE ULTIMATE BACHELOR WILL FACE THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE.(ADAM SANDLER) AND (DREW BARRYMORE) STAR TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE WEDDING SINGER IN ONE OF THE FUNNIEST ROMANTIC COMEDIES IN YEARS. HENRY ROTH (SANDLER) LIVES AN ENVIABLE LIFE IN A HAWAIIAN PARADISE,SPENDING EVERY NIGHT WITH A BEAUTIFUL TOURIST IN SEARCH OF AN ISLAND FLING. IT'S A SWEET LIFE WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED...UNTIL HE MEETS LUCY (BARRYMORE). HE AND LUCY HIT IT OFF FROM THE GET-GO,BUT THE NEXT DAY SHE ACTS LIKE SHE DOESN'T KNOW HIM. HAS HIS KARMA COME AROUND TO KICK HIM IN THE BUTT OR WHAT? ACTUALLY,LUCY HAS SHORT-TERM MEMORY LOSS,SO EVERY NIGHT ALL MEMORY OF HER DAY IS ERASED.BUT A MAN IN LOVE WILL GO TO ANY LENGTHS TO WIN OVER THE GIRL OF HIS DREAMS,AND IF THAT MEANS HAVING TO FIND IMAGINATIVE WAYS OF DOING IT OVER AGAIN EVERY DAY,THEN HENRY'S UP FOR THE CHALLENGE.(ROB SCHNEIDER) AND (SEAN ASTIN) CO-STAR IN 50 FIRST DATES WHICH WILL WIN YOU OVER EVERY TIME YOU WATCH IT!

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Created: 05/26/09

50 First Dates 4 Stars Movie

Starting Adam Sandler with Drew Barrymore, his co-star from The Wedding Singer, as well as Peter Segal, his director on Anger Management. Fifty First Dates finds the funnyman playing veterinarian Henry Roth. More than content with a life of one-night-stands, Henry decides to give up his noncommittal lifestyle when he meets and falls for Lucy (Barrymore). However, when he discovers that Lucy has no short term memory, Henry finds himself having to win her heart again with every new day.

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Created: 04/26/07

50 First Dates

I am pleasantly suprised to say that I really enjoyed this movie- it manages to be light hearted and funny, romantic and has a little depth to it at the same time. Adam Sandler plays a man who shys away from commitment in relationships and has a long history of one night stands with the many different women who are vacationing on the resort island he lives on. Drew Barrymore plays a woman named, Lucy, an island resident, who due to a car accident has no long term memory. Her memory capacity is only about 24 hours. Although this type of memory condition may sound a little far fetched it actually DOES exist and is portrayed quite realisticly in the plot of this movie- which I think makes the plot more interesting- this REALLY COULD AND DOES HAPPEN. When Sandler meets Lucy he doesn't know about her condition at first and he actually falls in love with her fun and outgoing personality. But because of her condition Lucy can only remember him for 24 hours. This turns into Sandler trying day after day to make Lucy fall in love with him all over again so he can spend time with her, while at the same time trying deal with her very protective family- who do not want to see her hurt by Sandler in any way. Going into this movie I was worried that it might follow the same type of plotline as the movie Groundhog Day- that it would portray the same mundane day over and over and over again-- you know, it was okay to watch for a while, but then gets VERY VERY OLD. Pleasantly that just isn't the case with this movie and the plot manages to progress and move forward.

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