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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 My review for this movie Aug. 26 2013
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This was a good buy. I enjoyed this movie very much. Id recommend it to young adults, teens and comedy lovers
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Pure Delight Dec 12 2008
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore reunite six years after their first pairing in The Wedding Singer for another romantic comedy. This time around, Sandler plays Henry Roth, a marine animal veterinarian at Sea Life Park in Hawaii. A charmer who won't commit to a long-term relationship, Henry prefers dating tourists from out of state -- until, that is, he meets Barrymore's character, Lucy Whitmore. However, Lucy has no short-term memory, having suffered brain damage in a car crash some months earlier. This leaves her to wake up every morning believing it is her father's birthday, a fabrication perpetuated by her father and brother who go to great lengths every night to reset the day of her accident in a misguided effort to "protect" her emotions. Thus, Henry must find a variety of ways to win over the girl of his dreams again and again and again.

Sandler forgoes his usual crudeness and gives a self-effacing performance, while it is easy to see why he would fall in love with the adorable Barrymore. Henry's world is also populated by an assortment of unusual characters, including his androgynous assistant, Alexa (Lusia Strus); best friend Ula (Rob Schneider), a Hawaiian Bohemian with five kids and too-short shorts; and Lucy's muscle-bound lisping brother (Sean Astin).

Only mildly amusing, 50 First Dates doesn't have the wit like some films of this genre, but it is a touching love story that will tug at your heart. One really feels for Lucy, for it would indeed be horrible to wake up and find you've missed out on so much of life. The tropical backdrop is downplayed, with the story focusing on the interaction between Sandler and Barrymore...they are a delight to watch together. Let's hope they reunite again and again and again. Rating: 7 out of 10.
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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 great movie July 17 2004
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 ROCKS!
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4.0 out of 5 stars 50 First Dates July 16 2004
I really enjoyed this film. It was cute!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious - perfect date movie July 14 2004
By A Customer
The great thing about Adam Sandler movies is that they are not only knee-slapping funny, but touch the thoughtful "what if" emotions too. Although he plays the same part in most of his movies, Sandler delivers the goods in this one, proving modern movies don't have to be full of sex references, jive "booty" talk, T&A and full of crude language to be downright funny & entertaining. Rob Schneider once again proves himself to be a high caliber comedic actor and is the perfect sideman in this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Comedy that forgot the Comedy! July 13 2004
By Oscar
Maybe the writers of this film had amnesia a la Ms. Barrymore's character. They forgot to put the comedy in this film. The film has its moments, but way too few to warrant more than one rental. It has none of the hysterical Sandler that we've come to enjoy.
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