99 Min. | Comedy – Romance | April 2004
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Director: Peter Segal
Staring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider
50 First Dates Review: Lets face it, when Adam Sandler needs a hit movie, who is he going to call, Drew Barrymore of course, and indeed why not, after the sentimental success of The Wedding Singer, anything these two bright young things appeared in together would be nothing short of pure gold. A perfect case in point is 50 First Dates. Like all good things that come to pass, in between the misses more than hits, along comes the last to date pairing of Sandler and Barrymore. A lighthearted take on the notion of amnesia, with the emphasis clearly billed around a love story. We watch as local Hawaiian vet, Henry Roth, played by Sandler stumbles through existence, dating and dumping female holidaymakers, all the while searching for that perfect one. Into his life comes Lucy played rather charmingly by Drew Barrymore.
Of course loves young dream could never run smoothly, remember we have 99 minutes running time on this movie, So as soon as they have met and broke bread, the dawning of a new day arrives, but not without it’s hitch. Without giving too much away, just in case their might be someone out there who hasn’t seen this film, regardless of the hiccups that ensue throughout. We are party to many highlights, which include Rob Schneider as Henry Roth’s less than able sidekick Ula, Jocko the Sea lion and many many more. Not being an Adam Sandler fan, we avoided this film when it was released earlier last year. The premise sounded too much like “Groundhog Day”. We took a chance the other night when it was shown on cable, and frankly, we found the movie entertaining. There are more laughs in 50 First Dates than in another, perhaps more pretentious picture, “Punch Drunk Love”.
Drew Barrymore and Mr. Sandler had worked together before to surprisingly good results. They show an easy chemistry between them that serves the movie well. The idea of making Adam Sandler an aquarium doctor offers a lot of possibilities, his scenes with the walrus are hilarious. The supporting cast plays well together. A surprise was Rob Schneider, not one of my favorite actors, either, but in here, under the direction of Peter Segal, he delivers. Sean Astin, as the lisping brother on steroids is quite effective, as well as Blake Clark, as Lucy’s father. Dan Aykroyd puts an appearance as the doctor who treats the young woman who has lost her long term memory. Truly, 50 First Dates is a movie for all seasons, and a must if you are in a relationship. A resounding 10 out of 10 and that is saying something for a movie with Adam Sandler in it!