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50 First Dates

by D. Bishop
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Tuesday Jun 15, 2004
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50 First Dates, the latest offering from Adam Sandler and director Peter Segal, is further proof that the better the supporting cast is, the better Adam Sandler is. Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider, Sean Astin, Dan Aykroyd and Blake Clark are just a few of the talented actors who make this romantic comedy about a man who must re-introduce himself every day to the girl of his dreams because she suffers from short-term memory loss a joy to watch. Drew Barrymore is a perfect cast - sweet, charming, flirty, but with a definite dark side, as Ula (Schneider) learns when he tries to help his best friend Henry (Sandler) get his forgetful girlfriend’s attention one day. Rob Schneider, as is usually the case in films where he is not the main character, is a true comedic gem, playing his particular brand of over-the-top humor against Sandler’s straight man in a way that makes you look forward to every scene with the crude one-eyed Hawaiian. This movie has it all... quality comedic talent, a very well-written script, the stunningly gorgeous backdrop of the Hawaiian Islands, unique animal actors who, of course, steal their scenes, Beach Boys music... what’s not to like?

But wait, there’s more.

This movie is not simply a light romantic comedy where the guy gets the girl and everyone’s lives change for the better. If you take the time to step back away from the well-written but superficial comedy and actually think about the story, you realize how bittersweet the love story really is. This gives 50 First Dates an emotional depth that most comedies, even most romantic comedies, just never reach. I admit that I am not a fan of romantic comedies in general, but this movie had me saying "Awwwww...... *sniff*" at the end, and that’s got to count for something.

I’ll list the important one first - Blooper Reel! As good as the movie is, the scene that had me rolling on the floor longer than I care to admit is on the Blooper Reel and is between Sean Astin and Blake Clark.. I won’t spoil it for you though! The Commentary is provided by Drew Barrymore and Peter Segal, and at times seems more like a stand-up routine than a film commentary track. In addition, there are Deleted Scenes, Interview Featurettes, Music Videos, and an advertisement for Adam Sandler’s newest music CD that actually did very little to make me want to buy the cd despite the fact that I have enjoyed Sandler’s musical work in the past. If you enjoyed the movie, the hour and a half of extra material will be well worth the watch.

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