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50 First Dates
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Sep 25, 2004 By: Indiana Sev
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Director:
Peter Segal

Actors:
Adam Sandler
Drew Barrymore
Rob Schneider

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Henry Roth (Sandler) is a charming marine veterinarian who enjoys romancing the ladies whenever it’s short term. Then one day, he crosses paths with a lovely little thing (Barrymore) that makes him rethink his playboy lifestyle. The downside is that she’s been in an accident and only has short-term memory that makes her forget everything that happens to her past the day of the accident. So Henry basically has to make her fall in love with him every day anew. All this happens in the gorgeous state of Hawaii…
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
50 FIRST DATES is a great example of the perfect romantic comedy. It’s got frequent, solid laughs, beautiful scenery, one of the best soundtracks I’ve heard in ages, a truly original idea and an extremely funny and talented cast. Add to that, more than a couple of genuinely touching romantic moments that’ll get quite a few of you teary-eyed and lovey-dovey. Watching it on DVD was the second time I’d seen it and I can honestly say that I found absolutely zero flaws in it; even the oft overused Dan Aykroyd fit right into the mix. Sandler’s buddy Rob Schneider once again provides ample laughs as a local Hawaiian who likes to smoke joints, swim with the sharks and live vicariously through Sandler’s sexcapades. Hobbit Sam Gamgee is equally hilarious in his role as Barrymore’s juiced-up bodybuilder brother with a heart of gold and brains of mush. You’ll enjoy a funny one-second cameo by Kevin James as well.

As far as the star of the film goes, all I can say is that, at this point, I’m pretty much speechless when it comes to Adam Sandler. He proved with the brilliant PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE that he is a more than capable dramatic actor, HAPPY GILMORE, MR. DEEDS and co. have made him the king of goofball comedies and with the romantic comedies THE WEDDING SINGER and 50 FIRST DATES, he’s now established himself as a totally believable leading man. His charm, innocence and humor make it very easy to accept in him in the role of a man who can completely sweep a woman off her feet. That’s something many “experienced” actors still have trouble pulling off. Kudos to Sandler-- it seems he can do no wrong. Christ, I even enjoyed EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS! The film's excellent soundtrack includes music by 311, No Doubt, Paul McCartney, The Beach Boys and Bob Marley as well as reggae-flavored covers of 80’s love songs such as Drive, Every Breath You Take, True, Slave to Love and Love Song. This is really one of the funkiest movie soundtracks I’ve ever heard. Oh, and the cover of Over the Rainbow that plays near the end of the movie is incredibly beautiful and apropos for the finale. You’re missing out if you skip this one folks…
THE EXTRAS
Director and Cast Commentary: Sandler is surprisingly absent from this commentary track, but you’ll find Drew Barrymore and director Peter Segal gabbing it up. They have a very easy-going rapport with one another and pretty good repartee. There are a few lulls in the track but not enough to bother you too that much; even Barrymore’s characteristic over-enthusiasm isn’t that annoying. As usual, you’ll discover a lot of curious and interesting facts about the film.

The Dating Scene (20 minutes): An interesting 'making-of' featurette that includes interviews with the crew (director/producer) and most of the cast. From how everyone got cast in the film to the wonderful shooting locations, they manage to fill quite a bit of information in this. Highlights include Sean Astin and Rob Schneider doing their interviews in character. Oh, and if you’re looking for an interesting drinking game you can play with your friends, take a shot every time Drew Barrymore says she "loves" something. Jeez!

Talkin’ Pidgin (4 minutes): Pidgin is a Hawaiian slang dialect that the locals use. This feature showcases many Hawaiians from the beach and streets giving definitions of certain words and/or expressions. You might recognize a few that were used in the movie. A nice feature that gives the beautiful state even more of a personality.

Comedy Central’s “Reel Comedy” (19 minutes): The always-reliable Rob Schneider hosts this Comedy Central feature in character as “Ula” as he interviews Sandler, Barrymore and Astin about the movie. This is enjoyable enough as it’s always fun to see Sandler and Schneider messing around with each other.

Blooper Reel (7 minutes): Not really funny. I tend to find blooper reels funnier in dramas rather than in comedies.

5 Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary: Nothing extraordinary here...check ‘em out if you have the time.

Sandler’s New Album: A feature plugging Sandler’s upcoming 5th album. Natch!

Music Videos: Three videos of three great songs: 311’s Amber and Love Song and Wayne Wonder’s Hold Me Now.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I originally saw this at the cinema on a date and so I can say by experience: it’s the perfect date movie for you and your special little lady. It’s worth buying for all Sandler fanatics, lovers of reggae and 80’s music or for pretty much anyone who enjoys diversity and energy in their romantic comedies. What more can I say? The great Adam Sandler comes through again. I love this guy!
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