50 First Dates


Directed by: Peter Segal
Written by:George Wing
Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Scheider, Sean Astin, Dan Aykroyd
Released: March 25, 2004
Grade: B-

After his beginnings on Saturday Night Live, Adam Sandler has now found a place in American cinema.  The term “an Adam Sandler movie” says it all and you know exactly what to expect before reading any review or seeing any trailer.  Sandler is a proven box-office draw and studios will continue to capitalise on his popularity with an increasing number of releases.  They’re all predictable and Sandler keeps acting like a goose but we’re still buying tickets to see him.

50 First Dates sees Adam Sandler working with old friends - director Peter Segal (Anger Management) and stars Drew Barrymore (The Wedding Singer) and Rob Schneider (every other Sandler movie).  Sandler is Henry Roth, a man who falls in love with a girl only to find she has short term memory loss and will never remember who he is.  That girl is Lucy Whitmore (Barrymore) and each day, Henry has to reintroduce himself and win her heart over.  Think of it as like Groundhog Day… only not as good.           

Like I always say with Adam Sandler movies, a critic’s opinion serves no use.  Even if the script is weak and copies off past films (cough cough) the majority of the audience will laugh and laugh and laugh.  So instead of focusing on 50 First Dates, I thought I might go have dinner.  Good-bye.