50 First Dates

A Film Review By Jason L. King

Rating: Rated PG-13 on appeal for crude sexual humor and drug references.
Starring:Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Sean Astin
Directed By:Peter Segal

Final Grade:

I’ve never said I was the greatest guy in the world. In fact, I’ve said my share of incredibly stupid things. Not too long ago, I said something that was meant as a joke to my girlfriend, and I now everyday hear it jokingly referenced to. Luckily she understood my terrible sense of humor (which is why I don’t sleep on the couch every night) but each day I only hope she would forget that I had ever made such a ridiculous comment. But never mind me, I know that I am stuck dealing with my stupid comments until the day I die, or at least until my girlfriend suffers from Alzheimer’s.

But for Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) he has found a way to get around any “silly” comments he made the day before. He found the perfect girl, Lucy (Drew Barrymore), but the only problem is she suffers from Short-term memory loss. So each and every day Henry has to find a way of reminding Lucy that she fell in love with him the day before. Now that may not seem like it could be that hard of a task, but for Henry it just might be enough to drive him insane.

This comedy brings back the chemistry between stars Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler who last starred together in “The Wedding Singer” years back. People connected with Sandler and Barrymore in The Wedding Singer and chances are they are going to do it again in 50 First Dates. Our Characters are loveable, and enjoyable to watch on the big screen, and Sandler and Barrymore make the perfect on screen “America’s Sweethearts.” Off screen the two just might be as different as can be, Sandler the recently married family man, and Barrymore still wild and crazy at nearly 30, and rumors have it enjoying more “tacos” than a family of Hispanics at a all you can eat Mexican buffet. But when the two pair up in the movies, it works wonderfully. Sandler plays as always “Adam Sandler” which is the only character he knows how to play. But it works for him in this film. He doesn’t try to resort back to “Abbey Doobie” language to impress the crowds and to rehash his “Billy Madison” and “Happy Gilmore” fame, but instead relies on some good laughs. Barrymore does a great job as well, and her character is played out well.

But what really makes 50 First Dates work is the help from a great supporting cast. Rob Schneider as Sandler’s goofy Hawaiian Friend is amusing and he brings about plenty of good laughs. Mix that in with “Lord of The Rings” and “Rudy” Star Sean Astin (or Sam as you Lord of the Rings fan know him) as Barrymore’s crazy “steroid” enhanced brother, you are set for some good laughs. Add that in with a colorful cast of other lesser known funnymen, and Sandler has once again found a comedy that works.

Sandler teamed up with director by Peter Segal for this project, whom he had previously worked on “Anger Management” with last year. “Anger Management” was a misfire, but Segal did all right with this one. The humor doesn’t go stale, and the comedy is fast moving and fun. The humor also doesn’t delve too far into “gross out” humor, and the bodily humor jokes that Sandler loves are put to a bear minimum. Still something you may want to keep the little ones from, but not too overbearing either.

In the End 50 First Dates may not be good enough to watch 50 times, but it does score nice rankings with Jason. In the bleak month of February anything that can draw a few good laughs is worth checking out if you a bored. With 50 First Dates you get more than a few laughs and have a great time doing it.

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