Barrymore is adorably innocent as Lucy, an art teacher who has lost her short-term memory, and Sandler is charming as Henry, a hopelessly romantic veterinarian living in Hawaii. But neither can elevate 50 First Dates, a dreadful farce, featuring vomiting walruses, a one-eyed pothead father, and a ”juiced up” hobbit (Sean Astin). The endearing premise – making someone fall in love with you every day – gets lost in the muddle. EXTRAS The overly self-congratulatory (and sans-Sandler) commentary by Barrymore and director Peter Segal is an uninformative waste of time. But the making-of docs, which include amusing outtakes, are more interesting than the actual film. The highlight: an instructional featurette on Hawaiian pidgin, after which you’ll know to cringe when the locals call you a ”futless haole.”
Genre: Romance, Comedy; Starring: Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Sean Astin, Dan Aykroyd, Roy Scheider; Director: Peter Segal; Author: George Wing; Release Date Wide: 02/13/2004; Runtime (in minutes): 96; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Posted June 18 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT
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