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50 First Dates December 1, 2006

Posted by Sai in English, Movies, Reviews.
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Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler star in this simple and pleasing romantic comedy. George Wing’s first screenplay takes a lighter look at short term memory loss after Christopher and Joseph Nolan’s more serious take on the issue in the thriller Memento. Barrymore plays a girl who loses her short term memory after an accident. She wakes up everyday to live what she believes is the same day. Her parents and some friends make sure that she continues to live life in the same way oblivious to her condition. Even if she does find out, she forgets it by the next day anyway. At this point, a chance meeting draws Sandler to her. What happens when Sandler tries to woo her and the changes he brings in her life form the rest of the movie.

Adam Sandler is appealing in a role that doesn’t require him to go over the top. Drew Barrymore is loveable as usual and suits her role well. The Sandler-Barrymore combination is quite charming. Among the supporting cast, Sean Astin (Rudy, Lord of the Rings Trilogy) gets a role that I wouldn’t have imagined him in and he gels. Rob Schneider, who has the habit of popping up in Sandler’s films and vice versa, gets a cameo and generates some laughs (though they don’t seem to fit in).

Wing takes an interesting premise and creates a likeable script making sure that the movie does not rely on stupidity to generate the laughs. The romance is also given enough importance and it is handled well without being completely formulaic or predictable. Peter Segal (Anger Management, The Longest Yard) directs this film and he does a nice job. This isn’t an intellectually appealing movie but it does most things right to please the target audience without being too dumb. Anybody who wants to see a feel good romantic comedy that has charm might want to check this out. Barrymore and Sandler fans do not need a special invitation to watch this one.

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