Sometimes you just need a light-hearted romp that isn't going to make you think too hard. Such was the case today after coming out of Mel Gibson's heavy movie The Passion of the Christ. I wanted a comedy to lighten the mood. 50 First Dates fit that bill nicely.
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Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) is a Marina Vet and part time womanizer. He likes dating tourist chicks because they eventually leave... and it allows him to pretend to be someone else, like a government agent. heh.
Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore) is a cute little gal who was in a car accident and loses her ability to store short term memory. This results in her reliving the same day over and over. She remembers nothing that occurs any time after that accident.
The two come together over breakfast. Hilarity ensues.
I used to dislike Sandler (Anger Management, Punch-Drunk Love) rather intensely, but his last run of movies is changing my mind. I adored him in this. I thought I would never say those words in the same sentence as his name... He's just always been so damn goofy. Well he seems to have toned that down a notch and I'm finding I really like it. His Roth is just pitiful.. I mean that in a good way. He's finally met a woman he can commit too, and now he has to win her back every single day for the rest of their lives.
Barrymore (Riding in Cars with Boys, Ever After) is her usual lovable self. Hell, I'd fall for her if I was a guy. In a heartbeat. Her Whitmore is done really nicely. She's fun, witty, quick on her feet.. and then stunned, perplexed, and just plain distraught each morning. Barrymore had no problem getting any of those emotions across.
My favorite of this film though is Rob Schneider (Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Judge Dredd) as Roth's friend Ula. This is a native Island dude with 4 kids that excel at anything they try. First time, every time. Ula on the other hand is just a screw up, but a very likable one. Schneider is funny as hell! Most of the gut laughs came when this character was on screen just stealing the scene. Over the top? yes... highly entertaining? hells yeah.
Peter Segal was the director here and I have to say that I enjoyed this one far better than his Anger Management from last year. That seemed a bit too forced for my tastes, where as 50 First Dates is mostly just a good time.
Rated PG-13 on appeal for crude sexual humor and drug references. Yeah yeah whatever. Any age in my book.
Go in expecting stupid stuff and you'll come out laughing and smiling. Recommended.
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