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50 First Dates

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With generous amounts of good luck and good timing, 50 First Dates set an all-time box-office record for the opening weekend of a romantic comedy; whether it deserved such a bonanza is another issue altogether. It's a sweet-natured vehicle for sweet-natured stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, and their track record with The Wedding Singer no doubt factors in its lowbrow appeal. But while the well-matched lovebirds wrestle with a gimmicky plot (she has no short-term memory, so he has to treat every encounter as their first), director Peter Segal (who directed Sandler in Anger Management) ignores the intriguing potential of their predicament (think Memento meets Groundhog Day) and peppers the proceedings with the kind of juvenile humor that Sandler fans have come to expect. The movie sneaks in a few heartfelt moments amidst its inviting Hawaiian locations, and that trained walrus is charmingly impressive, but you can't quite shake the feeling that too many good opportunities were squandered in favor of easy laughs. Like Barrymore's character, you might find yourself forgetting this movie shortly after you've seen it. --Jeff Shannon

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4.0 out of 5 stars Sandler at his best! July 14 2004
50 First Dates is a charming movie that stands out above some of Sandler's other work for several reasons. First, Sandler basically plays himself, not some strange character like "Little Nicky" or "Waterboy". Second, Drew Barrymore is such a sweet character on screen and the chemistry with Sandler is strong.
This is closer to a romantic comedy but still retains the quirks of all Sandler films. Rob Schneider plays a native Hawaiian with several kids and is the butt of many jokes. Sean Astin of Rudy and The Lord of the Rings fame is hilarious as Drew Barrymore's sister. He plays a work-out freak with a lisp. Other things to look for include the homage to Happy Gilmore and the return of the guy who played the QB in Waterboy.
50 First Dates is a good movie because despite all the wacky characters and jokes, you can sense Sandler really cares for Barrymore, and you can also see the love and effort Astin and Barrymore's father put forth in protecting Barrymore from the realization that everyday is a new day and she'll never have a memory of the past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First kisses are the best! July 19 2004
By C Moss
Henry, a Hawaiian local, has always dreamed of sailing his little sailboat up to Alaska to watch walruses in their native habitat. He's never met a girl he'd like to stick around for, until he meets Lucky.
But theirs a problem. Lucy can't remember they met, or that they made a date for the next day.
A year before their meeting Lucy had an accident which deprived her of any new long term memories. This means that every day she has to start again. Her friends convince Henry to leave her alone, but he can't get her out of his mind.
Thus starts a series of interesting meetings where he tries to get to know her, and maker her fall in love with him all over again every single day.
However, Henry must not only win her over, but her family and friends as well.
From the commercials I wasn't as interested in this movie, however after seeing it I think it's a wonderful romance, with a hilarious overtone. The way he overcomes her disability is fantastic and the ending is a little surprising, but marvelous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A preformance the Academy will never see ... July 11 2004
By Nick
I have been a fan of Adam Sandler for awhile now ... you can always find something to relate to in his movies. However, his leading women have often left something out of their preformances other then a want to work with Adam ... i kinda feel that changed with this movie.
Adam cast, for once, a women that was more then "her" more then a playmate to crack up in the course of filmmaking ... he also brought in the best preformance of Drew Berrymores carrer ...
Drew brought into this movie more then the star appeal and sexuality that she brings to the 'Charlies Angels' movies. She brought a beliviable to Lucy that is just unmatched to what so many actresses are capable of. Very few actresses could have provided the humor and drama she provided while portyaing this chracter. You feel her heartbreak each time she wakes up, and you understand her frustration as only she can portray (show me any other women in an Adam Sandler film that made you feel what she felt in this movie ... )
Adam Sandler himself was overlooked for his preformance in Punch Drunk Love, and let's not see this a routine in his life as a film maker .. Drew deserves a chance for an Oscar nomination, and at the very least, if she does not recieve the Golden Globe in comedy/musical, i will not have any more belief in the hollywood award system.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An improvement for Sandler July 8 2004
But still not very good. It still has too many parts where the jokes don't work. Sandler is still in his rut he's been in ever since Little Nicky-always taking the easy joke and doing it over and over.
The movie was actually better when it was less about the same jokes over and over and more about Sandler trying to "get" Drew Barrymore. Sean Astin was actually pretty funny as sort of Drew's mildly retarded brother, but I can't think of anything fresher than that.
Boy does this film need an editor. It sure takes its time setting the place, and the ending feels drawn out. The best thing I can say about this is that it wasn't as bad as Little Nicky. Some of the jokes are funny, some are pretty bad. And the movie feels overly sweet at the end, especially with all the Beach Boys stuff and Barrymore crying every scene. I didn't buy that Sandler was happy with the choice he made, or even why he was so desperate to get with her. I guess you're not supposed to think when you watch this but I couldn't get into it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story July 5 2004
By A Customer
There are three seperate things that make this movie so great. First off, the story. It is a totally original great story that makes this movie fresh and different. Because of the vulnerability of the characters in this story line (Barrymore because of her condition and Sandler because of his helpless state) I was able to become quite attached to these characters and route for them 100%.
Next, the actors in this are phenominal. What a great move by both Sandler and Barrymore for working together again, as I loved them in the Wedding Singer and now in this. I think their chemistry is so great and they are both increadibley believable in this. And the additions of Astin and the actor who plays Barrymore and Astin's father are great. Astin's character is hilarious as a man who is obsessed with his body which causes him to abuse steroids. And then there are the usual quirky characters that one can come to expect in any Sandler movie including Rob Schneider.
Lastly, I thought that the setting and music in this movie were fabulous. It is set in beautiful, gorgeous Hawaii which is so pleasent to watch throughout the scenes in the movie. And the music is generally upbeat and in key with the Hawaiian setting.
All in all this movie is a great story with great characters that I higly recommend you enjoy. I was very pleasently surprised.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
sweet movie.. will watch it again and again.. received sooner than promised
Published 2 months ago by elle
4.0 out of 5 stars My review for this movie
This was a good buy. I enjoyed this movie very much. Id recommend it to young adults, teens and comedy lovers
Published 12 months ago by Vicki Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Best romance/comedy movie ever!
I just love this movie, this movie will make you laugh and it will make you cry which is the best thing about it. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Cabriel
5.0 out of 5 stars 50 First dates
I* have found this movie hilarious! Great to watch if you want to change your headspace and just laugh!
Published on Feb. 7 2010 by Caryn
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pure Delight
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore reunite six years after their first pairing in The Wedding Singer for another romantic comedy. Read more
Published on Dec 12 2008 by Greg Curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising depth of conciseness
The island is Hawaii, a temporary paradise for many women; the man on the island is Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) also a temporary paradise. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2007 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising depth of conciseness
The island is Hawaii, a temporary paradise for many women; the man on the island is Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) also a temporary paradise. Read more
Published on July 2 2006 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising depth of conciseness
The island is Hawaii, a temporary paradise for many women; the man on the island is Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) also a temporary paradise. Read more
Published on June 29 2006 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I laughed, I cried (not really) but it was just that good I loved 50 first dates, the funny sandler and the sexy barrymore at their best I've seen this is a total must buy man IT... Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by David Lew Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars 50 First Dates
I really enjoyed this film. It was cute!
Published on July 16 2004 by "shawnmacd"
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