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Review of 50 First Dates

Posted by kris on 2004-02-20 02:24:02
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Directed by: Peter Segal (Anger Management, Nutty Professor II, My Fellow Americans, Tommy Boy, NG 33 1/3)
Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider.

The movie begins with a dozen women singing the praises of one man, Henry Roth (Sandler) the Hawaiian veterinarian playboy. They go on to explain how he was the greatest lover, yet he always had an excuse as to why he did not want to commit. That was until he met Lucy Whitmore (Barrymore). Lucy is a young woman, who due to an accident had lost her short term memory. Henry falls deeply for Lucy, but due to her memory loss, he has to make her fall in love with him everyday. With the help of Lucy’s father (Blake Clark), her brother (Sean Astin), and Ula (Rob Schneider), Henry makes Lucy fall in love with him, and tires to help her regain her short term memory.

Sandler did a great job in this movie. He was his charming funny self, which in my opinion had been lost in his last few movies (Little Nicky, Anger Management, Mr. Deeds). There were some parts where his character was required to become emotional. Unfortunately, Sandler was unable to accomplish this task as it was most evident that certain kinds of emotion are foreign to him as an actor. I will however cut him some slack as he is widely known as a comedic actor, and not much else can be expected of him. (* I have not watched Punch Drunk Love yet, so I apologize if my last comment is incorrect…please let me know).

Drew was masterful as Lucy. It’s so rare to see an actress who’s so versatile. Barrymore seems to drift from character to character with great ease (Ever After to Charlie’s Angels to this….yes, I am aware that I have missed few). Anyhow, I take my hat off to her for a job well done!

There is not much that can be said about Rob Schneider. Everyone knows what roles he usually plays in Adam Sandler movies…what can I say? He met my expectations. “You can do it!” Ula did have some crazy children in this movie….they became a bit redundant at times. I don’t want to be harsh on the kids but they kinda sucked. Every line out of their mouths and every movement that they made seemed so rehearsed, and predictable.

All in all, this was a great movie. Well worth the $13.95 (and that’s saying a lot because I never watch movies for that price!) Damn those high priced movies at John and Richmond! Anyhow, sorry about the sidebar….(many apologies massa)….

Final note: 50 First Dates still comes second to The Wedding Singer ( a close second nonetheless) What can I say? I’m an 80’s baby!
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