I'll admit I'm a sucker for movies set in Hawaii. It's almost as if Adam Sandler said "I really liked filming in Hawaii for 50 FIRST DATES, let's just do that again." The soundtrack is also very similar to 50 FIRST DATES, but the setting and music are where the similarities end. Jennifer Aniston is no Drew Barrymore, and I've been over her for ten years now. We get it. You're the sad, pretty friend who furrows her brow a lot and is the relatable unlucky-in-love heroine. I understand doing what you know, but at some point is being the queen of rom-coms really such an accolade? Adam Sandler is Adam Sandler. I mean seriously, he's the same mischievous-but-likeable character he is in every movie. Brooklyn Decker, while given a shallow and trite role, gets props for playing the butt of a lot of jokes. (I think there's about ten references to N*SYNC. That's how you spell it, right? With the asterisk?)
The few performances saving this film from the toilet are courtesy of Nick Swarsdon and Bailee Madison. Swarsdon plays Sandler's ridiculous cousin, parading as a German sheep-dealer named Dolph. It might just be my adoration for the guy, but I'm glad to see him anywhere since I miss him terribly as Terry Bernardino on Reno! 911. Bailee Madison is absolutely adorable as Aniston's daughter Maggie. This little girl sparkles in this movie, and I hope to see her in something a little more worthy of her talent. I do have to give the writers some credit in making kids in this film (at least the main ones) a little smarter than most movies give kids credit for. There's also a handful of random cameos, as Nicole Kidman and Dave Matthews show up halfway through the film. (Not going to lie, Matthews looks slammin hot here, just saying.)
Yes its gorgeous, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't laugh quite a few times. But, it's almost as if they weren't sure where they were going with this movie. At some moments, I sensed a whisper of Sandler's earlier, funnier movies, and I got hopeful. Then two seconds later, theres a damn shopping montage and my hopes are dashed. Maybe if you replaced Aniston with someone less Aniston-y and went back to weed jokes and alliterated love interests, it would be more likable. I appreciate the effort, but 50 FIRST DATES covered Sandler's "branching out" rom-com. (I'm not including PUNCH DRUNK LOVE as Sandler was only a star in that, not a driving creative force.) The funny moments are all the more frustrating when they are lost in the sappy crap that is apparently necessary for a romantic comedy.
The Perfect Couple: Jen and Adam Aniston and Sandler have an awesome time, drinking awesome shooters, listening to awesome music, and then just sitting around and soaking up each others awesomeness.
Commentary: Options include with Adam Sandler, Nick Swarsdon and the filmmakers, or with director Dennis Dugan.
Extras: There are quite a few other features on the disc, including featurettes focusing on the individual actors, character development and the incredible Hawaiian backdrop Exclusive to the Blu-Ray are some deleted scenes, more featurettes and a bit on Kevin Nealon's role as a plastic surgery wreck.