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50 First Dates (Dol Slip) (2004)

A comedy movie directed by Peter Segal

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The First Great Romantic Comedy of 2004

  • Feb 17, 2004
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+3
Pros: Great Chemistry between Sandler and Barrymore, some good laughs.

Cons: Some crude humor now and then may put viewers off. I was ok with it.

The Bottom Line: A great Date movie and more than a few laughs.

Aquatic Vet Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) seems to have it all. He has a great job working at the local aquarium, a loyal best friend named Ula (Rob Schneider), and tons of gorgeous ladies for him to romance.

The fact that Henry only dates tourists and concocts all manner of false identities such as that of a secret agent in order to keep the relationships casual is of no concern to Henry as he likes to keep it simple when dealing with the ladies. Henry is afraid of commitment after being betrayed years earlier but all that is about to change when he meets a charming lady named Lucy (Drew Barrymore), when he comes upon a small diner while waiting for his boat to be towed following a sailing mishap.

Henry and Lucy hit it off and make plans to meet at the diner the following morning. Very excited over this encounter, Henry cant wait for the morning to come. When he meets with Lucy the next morning, she has no idea who he is and is very icy towards him. Perplexed over the unexpected change, Henry is informed by a waitress that Lucy was in an accident a year ago, and as a result, is unable to make any long-term memories. For Lucy, life is a perpetual loop as she can remember up to the day of the accident and repeats that morning over and over. Her father (Blake Clarke), and her steroid abusing brother Doug (Sean Astin), endures great lengths to keep Lucy from learning about her condition as they do everything they can to recreate the day as it was, even if it means living the same day over and over for them.

Henry is undaunted by the situation, and concocts a series of plans to meet Lucy and talk with her every day. Some are more drastic than the one before but many of them are often very funny.

What follows is a very charming and often funny story as Henry romances Lucy anew every day, and deals with being in love with a lady who is unable to remember their last night with each other.

The chemistry between Sandler and Barrymore is evident and reminds me of the great chemistry that propelled “The Wedding Singer” to great heights at the box office. Sandler is his usual wacky and crazy self but he also shows a very tender and vulnerable side in this film that he hinted at in previous films such as “The Wedding Singer” and “Big Daddy”, only to abandon in later films. It is nice to see Sandler showing a more diverse character than his usual lovable looser as Henry is a career man with goals and dreams who finds himself falling in love after not allowing himself to get emotionally close to someone in many years.

Barrymore for her part is amazing as she shows the radiant joy for life that her character has yet is capable of showing the other ranges of emotion Lucy encounters as she has her life and routine changed by the presence of Henry.

Rob Schneider is along for comic relief as his Ula is a kind yet bumbling character that with 4 kids, lives his erotic fantasies through Henry as his family has long put those adventures behind him. While not essential to the plot, Schneider provides some good laughs, as does Astin with his lispy performance as a weightlifter in denial over what his training enhancements are doing to him.

All in all, 㦞 First Dates” is a very sweet romantic comedy with more than enough laughs to keep everyone happy and more than enough romance to make this the perfect date movie of the year.


4 stars out of 5


Gareth Von Kallenbach
International Association of Film Critics


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Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
This movie had some funny parts in it...but I'm sure it could have been better.
review by . March 27, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
is absolutely charming. Adam Sandler's girlfriend (Drew Barrymore) loses her short-term memory, so he must find a way to save their relationship when she doesn't remember it. Of course, it's totally unrealistic, but nonetheless heart-warming. This is a light-hearted movie and doesn't really get philosophical about amnesia and love, but it's good for a relaxing date movie.     The movie also has adorable penguins and walruses and other animals, which make great supporting characters. …
review by . March 27, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
is absolutely charming. Adam Sandler's girlfriend (Drew Barrymore) loses her short-term memory, so he must find a way to save their relationship when she doesn't remember it. Of course, it's totally unrealistic, but nonetheless heart-warming. This is a light-hearted movie and doesn't really get philosophical about amnesia and love, but it's good for a relaxing date movie.     The movie also has adorable penguins and walruses and other animals, which make great supporting characters. …
review by . March 27, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
is absolutely charming. Adam Sandler's girlfriend (Drew Barrymore) loses her short-term memory, so he must find a way to save their relationship when she doesn't remember it. Of course, it's totally unrealistic, but nonetheless heart-warming. This is a light-hearted movie and doesn't really get philosophical about amnesia and love, but it's good for a relaxing date movie.     The movie also has adorable penguins and walruses and other animals, which make great supporting characters. …
review by . December 05, 2008
... could be cut and re-edited in arbitrary sequences and nobody would notice. Sandler is the apotheosis of the one-trick pony, the actor who is always exactly the same character in every film. In short, he doesn't act at all; like Yahweh, he just 'is that he is.'     Take a look at the expression on the face of Ms Barrymore in the picture on the DVD cover; that's exactly how I look when I find myself watching another Adam Sandler film. Unfortunately, my teenage son and my two …
review by . April 25, 2006
Adam Sandler's movies are oh so goofy. His idea of humor can be annoyhing at times. However, intermixed between all the childish behavior is that true love is oh so beautiful. And Sandler does show his vulnerable side.    Fortunately this movie is relatively short because it is not long on depth. Nonetheless, the characters are all kind of amusing. If you are in the mood for something not overly ellaborate and light-hearted, this flick will fit the bill.
review by . February 17, 2006
This is quite simply a very enjoyable film. It's not, perhaps, a great film, but it is fun and it left me feeling pleasantly content. 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 first 5 to 10 minutes do seem a little out of place: I understand …
review by . November 11, 2004
50 First Dates could never quite figures out whether it wants to be a slapstick comedy or a romantic comedy, and really never works at being either. The first half of the movie is tedious and mostly boring, although it does redeem itself slightly by the end as it gets legs and becomes actually interesting for the last half hour or so.    Adam Sandler plays your stereotypical playboy flitting from one woman to the next until one day he espies a cute woman played by Drew Barrymore. …
review by . June 24, 2004
Pros: Great story, great actor chemistry, mix of (good) emotions     Cons: Some minor "reality" flaws     The Bottom Line: A great movie for a date. Filled with laughter, it will please anyone.
review by . March 02, 2004
Pros: Excellent casting; Story tugs on the heart strings; some funny bits     Cons: More sad/serious than funny, and audiences aren't prepared for it.     The Bottom Line: If you're going to see it, wait for video. It's really nothing spectacular. There are a lot of better movies playing right now.     This is an entry into the Epinions Before & After Valentine's Day Write-Off. I went to see 50 First Dates after dinner at Mamma Lombardi's …
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50 First Dates is a 2004 romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore and directed by Peter Segal. 

Henry Roth (Adam Sandler), a womanizing marine-life veterinarian living in Hawaii, meets Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore), an art teacher, in a café one morning. They hit it off and agree to meet in the café the next morning. The following day, however, Lucy claims not to know Henry. The café owner pulls Henry aside and explains that Lucy suffers from anterograde amnesia (called 'Goldfield Syndrome' in the movie) as a result of a car accident she was in a year earlier. Her condition has left her with no memory of anything between the day of the accident and the present, because she is incapable of converting short-term memories into long-term memories. At the beginning of each day, she loses all memory of the past day. She innocently believes every day to be October 13, 2002. Her father, Marlin (Blake Clarke), and brother, Doug (Sean Astin), attempt to re-enact the activities of October 13, her father's birthday, every day, to prevent her from suffering from learning about the accident.

Realizing that he is beginning to fall in love with Lucy, Henry sheds his philandering ways and begins devising new ways to ‘meet’ her again every day, hoping that one day she will retain her memories – and feelings – for him. Henry and Lucy’s ...

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