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50 First Dates back to product details

Surprisingly Cute and Fun Comedy
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written by stypee June 29, 2004 - 1:14 AM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Adam Sandler has his ups and downs, suffice to say every pretentious film geek, like myself, has their little demons. I've got my share of skeletons in the closet. I have no problem admitting my love for genre movies (horror, mainstream schlock and the like), heck, I'm even a fan of Pauly Shore and look forward to a come-back.

Sandler is a different breed of goofy, while he has failed on a few occasions (in my opinion "Happy Gilmore" and the annoying "Waterboy") he's also succeeded ("Big Daddy", "Anger Management" and the big leap to "Punch Drunk Love" to name a few) but whatever your feelings are about him. He does go that extra mile to make you laugh and 50 FIRST DATES is no-exception, while his costar Rob Schiender steals every scene that he's in the movie real does do justice to a rather tired spin, remember that weird Dana Carvey re-make "Clean Slate?"

The plots very basic and simple, Sandler plays a vet who works with mammals at Sea World in Hawaii, his best "animal" pals (somewhat of a formula for his movies) consists of an adorable penguin and very clever seal (no, not that seal, not the seal who puts out's albums with numbers on them).

Being that Hawaii is quite the tourist attraction, Sandler discovers a clever way to manipulate women into sleeping with him. When they come down for vacation he'll create a scapegoat and never see them again. We learn this at the start of the film with a very clever and funny opening montage.

In realty women would consider this type of guy a "scum bag" with a list of sexual encounters the size of a small country. But for some reason we discount that because he's just so likable.

One day he walks in the local diner and orders breakfast (spam and eggs, ewww!) suddenly his eye's are focused an a beautiful blonde played by Drew Barrymore. They hit it off right from the start (sort of) and leave with a date to see each other the next day. Only one problem - Drew's character was in a car accident and has severe short term memory loss. What's a guy falling in love to do? We'll, first he has to prove to dad and son that he's not the scum bag he used to be and second he's gotta' figure out how she'll remember every kiss. That being said the movie paddles it's way from set-up to set-up and is quite honestly a great flick to watch if your in a bad mood (it's written equally for romantic and the silly, yes ladies your boyfriends will get a kick out of this one too) or if you just need some "mindless" comedy.

With some other surprisingly funny performances by Sean Astin and a host of Sandler regulars the comedy is pretty dam funny. Even Dan Akyrod's dead pan performance as Drew's doctor throws you a good chuckle now and again.

That being said (well I wrote it actually) this pretentious film geek highly recommends checking 50 FIRST DATES out. You'll be sure to feel all warm and fuzzy at the films end.

Not to mention the DVD is loaded with fun-filled extras!


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