Have you ever known a guy that was a real player. A guy who had a different occupation for each girl he dated and never an honest bone in his body? I have known guys like this, have been friends with guys like this, I am related to a guy like this. This next movie is about such a guy, who meets the perfect girl… in paradise… with one little catch, every time she sees him she never knows who the hell he is. Sounds perfect for your average player right?…..Settle in with some pineapple juice and a fried spam and egg sandwich and let the fun begin!
50 First Dates
Director: Peter Segal
Rated: PG-13 – 2004
50 First Dates centers around a marine zoologist playboy named Henry Roth, played by Adam Sandler, who has a different story for every girl he dates. When the girls leave at the end of their vacations, he moves on to the next one. He soon bumps into Lucy Whitmore, a charming island inhabitant, played by Drew Barrymore. Lucy has a big problem, due to a head injury, she relives the same day perpetually, very similar to Groundhog Day, if you’ve seen it. The plot revolves around Henry falling for Lucy and having to woo her daily to get her to fall in love with him. Of course, he needs to start over again the next day when she forgets him all over again. Thus is the core of this fluffy, cute, date-movie. There are some memorable characters, like Lucy’s steroid addicted, deluded brother, Doug, played to comic hilt by Sean Astin, and her always patient and lovable father, Marlin, played by Blake Clark. There are also some annoying additions to the cast, Rob Schneider (is he ever a good idea?), plays Ula, a disgusting caricature of hawaiian men who seems constantly surrounded by his bevy of adorable and talented children. A number of cameos abound, keep your eye out for Dan Akyroyd, and Mya Rudolph. This movie is light, mostly fun, fare. Drew Barrymore’s energy is much of what makes this a successful romantic comedy. She and Adam Sandler have a good on-screen chemistry which began with The Wedding Singer and continues with this movie. Whenever director Peter Segal is involved, prepare for some broad, physical humor. Fortunately there is a good relationship to follow throughout the movie, in between pratfalls, cute children and animals. All in all, this is a pretty safe movie for the kids, (13 and over as suggested in the rating), There is a little language, some off-color humor and a few racial stereotypes with Polynesian people. I would have been happier to see at least one of the core characters as hawaiian, I mean, other than the Ula character, who, sadly was also played by a white guy. The Asians and Polynesians in the movie seemed to be used only as window dressing, and comic relief. (boo)
Overall this was a good movie for light viewing with lots of shiny, happy (white) people having fun.
Sista’s rating: C