Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Pretty solid comedy.
This film was selected from ‘The 250’
It is stated that every ten or so years, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore come together to create an unforgettable romantic comedy. In 1998, the two starred together in The Wedding Singer, in 2004, it was 50 First Dates, and this year, the two star together once more in Blended. I’m sure I’ll get to the others at some point, but we’re going to begin with 50 First Dates. Say what you will about Adam Sandler, but he has had some winners in the past regarding his comedies. Plus…when he comes together with Barrymore, it’s pretty iconic, but we’ll get to that.
The story revolves around a lady named Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore) that has a rare memory disorder that causes her to have an onset of recurring amnesia every day. She basically does the same things day in and day out, not even knowing it. Along comes Henry Roth (Adam Sandler), a lady killer that kind of falls in love with this girl at first sight. The whole idea of 50 First Datesis pretty self-explanatory – he has to make this girl fall in love with him every day using different techniques because even though she doesn’t know it, her moods still change. The real question, is…how he makes it worth it if she never remembers him anyway…well I guess you’ll just have to watch the movie to answer that question.
Obviously I gave this film a pretty decent score, and I’ll try to explain as best as I can. Adam Sandler is a funny guy…but nowadays it’s becoming more of a rarity that he makes a good movie all around. Usually, there are elements that are just missing. Like a good concept, acting, jokes, chemistry – whatever. 50 First Dates honestly has it all. Obviously, the concept isn’t only new and fresh, but it’s also a great means for a plot that’s able to be taken seriously and humorously when need be. It’s kind of like Groundhog Day, but more realistic…even though it’s still silly and her medical issue isn’t real. In the end, the concept is just something we can like all on its own, and then you have the chemistry.
There’s a reason why Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore choose to do romantic comedies together. Because despite every god awful film he’s ever been through, they have really beautiful on-screen chemistry that feels so natural and so real. I’ve seen them on talk shows together, and that chemistry clearly exists in real life as well as on screen. So yeah, no matter how much we hate Adam Sandler, news of another movie with Drew Barrymore will probably give you some hope. Other than that, comedy is hard to sell nowadays. Especially for older movies and how well they translate now. Comedy, like everything else, has the ability to age. Ten years later, the jokes are still pretty great. It’s more of an Adam Sandler classic comedy, but not too over-the-top…just right.
All around, I’ll be honest, this is a pretty darn solid comedy. It’s got a great cast as well. The secret to any great film is in part a great cast. I could have probably gone without Rob Schneider doing a really stupid imitation, but I get it. They’re friends and are almost always together in film. So. I digress. The rest of the cast is well formed, and it’s clear that not only Sandler and Barrymore have great chemistry, but the entire cast was clearly chosen with care. Good job, casting department.
I’ll make this quick and to the point: Fantastic and believable chemistry, great jokes, Well-balanced and solid concept, and stellar cast make 50 First Dates a comedy to beat.
People, for whatever reason, have a problem with Adam Sandler. I don’t, but I sometimes do with Rob Schneider…especially the fact that he wasn’t really needed in this movie. I mean that fake imitation wasn’t funny as much as it was annoying.
Henry: Happy birthday, sir. What are you, like, 200 today?