I am a huge Adam Sandler fan. I love his stupid, off the wall, slapstick comedy. Unfortunately you don’t get to see too much of that in 50 First Dates. Don’t get me wrong, it’s funny, just not Adam Sandler funny. Adam plays Henry Roth a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy (played by Drew Barrymore). They hit it off and Henry think he’s finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the very next day.
I actually felt this was almost as bad as Bill Murray in Ground Hog Day. It lacked the spontaneity that other Adam Sandler vehicles seem to have. Drew Barrymore, how is in my book one of the most under-rated actresses of our generation, was poor as the girl who has the short term memory. The best performances in my opinion were the Kamikaze antics of Sandler’s acting ensemble, particularly Sean Astin and Rob Schneider. He is not one of my favorite actors but in this film if Schneider wasn’t playing such a chaotic role, he would be a natural for an Oscar. Lucy’s father Marlin (Blake Clark), a retired fisherman/sailor, and her brother Doug (Sean Astin), a would-be bodybuilder with a lisp, do everything they can to keep Lucy from discovering her condition. Certainly the animals add a lot to the farce. The goofy humor makes the basically tragic scenario and film not only bearable but almost pleasant. D