50 First Dates
- Peter Segal
- Reviewed by
- Josť Ruiloba a.k.a. Morris
- Review date
- Monday, April 26, 2004
Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) is a womanizer veterinarian who canít believe his luck when he finally finds the woman of his life, Lucy (Drew Barrymore), and soon realizes she suffers from short-term memory loss after an accident with her father (Blake Clark). Lucy wakes up everyday thinking itís a Sunday in October, and her father and brother (Sean Astin) help her keep that illusion so she wonít suffer. But Henry is willing to go one step further...
Now, I donít think I can say this movie isnít your usual Adam Sandler fare. It is. There are gross-out moments, supporting characters coming right out of his world (such as long-time pal Rob Schneider), over-the-top moments and an air of this being a Hollywood movie in every sense of the word... This is the quintessential commercial movie that more uptight people usually hate.
For anyone to enjoy this movie, thereís one tiny detail you have to know before coming in: leave your brain at the door, but take your heart with you. There are more plot holes in this movie than tits in a porn flick, so there needs to be some suspension of disbelief in order to have a good time. Once you go with it, then youíre in.
Something that differentiates this movie from the usual Sandler stuff is its sweetness. The movie is a romantic comedy, but Iím willing to say itís more romantic than comedic. And it works, because Sandler and Barrymore have the chemistry and because the screenplay allows us to care for them. For instance, the way Lucyís father and brother keep her from suffering by pretending theyíre living the same day over and over is simply heart breaking. And it says a lot about love and family.
Thereís no denying thereís a big deal of Groundhog Day (1993) in the movie, although this one isnít even close to the greatness of the latter.
Sandler is his usual self, to tell you the truth, albeit a bit more restrained. He does go over-the-top in a couple of scenes (especially when he pretends heís crying, which he does horribly by the way), but for the most part heís suitable and charming. Barrymore, on the other hand, is tough and adorable at the same time. We fall in love with her and wish her the best.
I looooved the ending, since I was expecting a cheap trick around the corner and somehow that didnít happen. The movie stayed true to its roots and I must give kudos to everyone involved.
ďYeah. Sorry Iím not better looking.Ē
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