Directed By: Peter Segal
Release Date: February 13, 2004
Run Time: 99 Minutes
Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) is a Veterinarian and a romantic soul who is totally afraid of commitment. Fortunately, he lives in Hawaii, which affords him the opportunity to date lovely tourists, giving them the romantic time of their lives before bidding them farewell as they return home.
Then one day, while having breakfast at the Hukilau Cafe after his boat breaks down, he becomes completely enchanted by Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore) as he watches her create an amazing volcano out of her breakfast waffles and syrup. He can't resist the urge to meet her and when he does, the sparks between them are strong.
Henry has no choice but to come to terms with the fact that his greatest fear has just been realized: He has fallen in love with a local girl. Despite his misgivings, Henry returns to the cafe the next day to meet her for breakfast again, only to find out that Lucy doesn't remember him at all.
Henry soon learns that, due to a head injury, Lucy is suffering from the fictitious condition of Goldfield Syndrome - a form of amnesia. Every night when she falls asleep, her short term memory is wiped clean, causing her to wake up the next day believing it is her father's birthday from over a year before - the day she was injured.
Unfortunately, Henry is hooked. Despite her condition, he cannot walk away from Lucy. But how can he have a relationship with a woman who can't remember who he is?
50 First Dates is one of my favorite movies. First off, I'm a big Adam Sandler fan and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I like them all - yes, even Little Nicky. (Please don't judge me.) I love watching to see how many of his normal band of miscreants will turn up in his movies, and what roles they will play. This movie does not disappoint.
Rob Schneider is there, as his odd sidekick Ula, a married native Hawaiian with a pile of adorable children who are all much more talented than he is. Blake Clark is wonderful as Marlin Whitmore - Lucy's protective and loving father. Allen Covert makes a memorable appearance as Ten Second Tom, a man with much more serious (and funny) memory issues than Lucy. Peter Dante has a small role as a security guard and manages to steal the scene with only a couple of lines.
Dan Aykroyd is wonderful in the role of Lucy's doctor, a man who sometimes wishes his wife had Goldfield Syndrome: "That way she wouldn't remember last night when I called her mother a loud, obnoxious drunk with a face like J. Edgar Hoover's ass."
And Sean Astin is absolutely ridiculous and wonderful as Lucy's brother, Doug, a lisping steroid-riddled body builder type who needs a lot of help - a character of Sean's own creation.
As is often the case with Adam Sandler movies, there is a fair amount of very adult-oriented humor. If this is something that concerns you as a parent, this movie might be one to watch after the kiddos have gone to bed for the night.
What is truly special about 50 First Dates, however, is that when you get past all the silliness and fun, you have an absolutely wonderful romantic story about a man so devoted to his woman that every day, he does whatever he can to show his love and be in her presence. If everyone loved each other like that - this world would be transformed.
What would you do for the one you love?
(I was not paid to endorse this movie in any way. I watched it from my own private video collection and my opinions and thoughts about it are my own.)