50 FIRST DATES (2004) 

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Adam Sandler
Drew Barrymore
Rob Schneider
Sean Astin
Amy Hill
Dan Aykroyd
Blake Clark
Lusia Strus
Maya Rudolph
Pomaika'i Brown

Peter Segal



Time: 99 mins.
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Romantic Comedy

SYNOPSIS: Henry Roth (Sandler) is a veterinarian living in Hawaii who enjoys the company of vacationing women. He leaves the playboy life behind after he falls for Lucy (Barrymore), who suffers from short-term memory loss. Since she can't remember meeting him from one day to the next, Henry romances Lucy every single day in the hope that she permanently falls for him.

BOTTOM LINE: This is one of those high-concept movies that could have gone very, very wrong, yet succeeds in being exceedingly charming and funny due to the chemistry between Sandler and Barrymore. Neither is afraid of being goofy or looking silly, which is a good thing considering the love story they are attempting to pull off. I was afraid the memory-loss aspect would cause the story to be a one note/one joke affair, but instead it gives the writer's ample creativity in Henry's quest to woo Lucy. Some days he's successful, on others she kicks his ass right back out of her life. Not that she'd remember the next day anyway.

By taking her illness seriously, the film added depth and heart, because as much fun as a first date can be, Henry eventually wants more and has to figure out a way to get it. While the film centers on the lovebirds, it is sweet and entertaining, if not always believable. Not sure what the point was behind the characters played by Astin and Schneider. Both were more annoying than funny and so ridiculous they devalued almost every scene they were in. They were clearly included for comic relief, but neither of them provides much of that. Besides, Sandler is more than capable of being hilarious, as well as romantic. Barrymore is lovely and funny as Lucy, a woman who's mentally trapped in the past, but living in a wonderful future. A truly unique date movie both sexes will enjoy.

"There's nothing like a first kiss."

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