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50 First Dates
Review by Susan Granger
2½ stars out of 4
The cinematic chemistry between Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore clicks
once again, as it did in "The Wedding Singer."
Sandler plays Henry Roth, a veterinarian on Maui whose vocation is
veterinary medicine, specializing in marine mammals, and whose avocation is
romancing vacationing mainlanders. Until he falls in love with Lucy - that's
Barrymore - who is suffering from short-term amnesia caused by a car accident a
year earlier. For her - each day begins life anew, as her doctor (Dan Aykroyd)
patiently informs her, once again, that her condition is permanent. So Henry
must woo and win Lucy's heart day-after-day-after-day.
Directed by Peter Segal ("Anger Management") from a script by George
Wing, it's a skewed cross between "Memento" and "Groundhog Day." Problem is:
Adam Sandler's no Bill Murray. But he does rise above one's expectations, as he
did in "Punch-Drunk Love." And Barrymore's sweetly goofy art teacher is
delectable, even as she builds a fort out of waffles. On the other hand, Rob
Schneider is annoying as Henry's stoner buddy, as is Sean Astin as Lucy's
steroid-popping brother. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "50 First
Dates" is a sweetly giddy, nonsensical 6. Daffy and outlandish, it's
nevertheless a good first-date movie with happy ending.
Copyright © 2004 Susan Granger
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