Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are currently filming their third feature movie to be premiered next year – this is why I decided to write a little review on their previous memorable film titled 50 First Dates (2004). It’s been almost ten years since we saw them collaborate, so I’m anxiously awaiting their current project (titled Blended) to come to life.
50 First Dates is one of those films my mum calls: beautiful, and I would say exactly the same. And my mum’s opinion is of a great significance to me – this amazing woman instilled in me the love for films. When my sister and I were kids we used to accompany our parents visiting their friends (who also had kids). Quite often in the mids of play and fun that us kids enjoyed a lot, my mum would enter the room saying it was time to go home – and we didn’t really want to stop playing, we would just whine and beg to stay a bit longer – but suddenly my mum would say: Kids but there’s a lovely film on TV tonight – you’re gonna love it.
It was enough to get us ready to go home within seconds! And this is how I could quite early learn to enjoy movies such as The Magnificent Seven (1960) – (which I loved from the first moment I saw it!), Rio Bravo (1959), or The Birds (1963). I was simply enchanted be the film choices my mum used to make for us.
So when my mum says 50 First Dates is a beautiful movie there is no way I would not agree with her – and of course I absolutely adore this film and still enjoy watching it – the film always makes my day brighter and leaves me more optimistic about life in general. I found online an old Rolling Stone review of 50 First Dates by Peter Travers who describes the film as follows: another farce high on silliness, sentiment, dick jokes, vomit (a walrus blows lunch) and a crazylove for grossouts that is too sincere to be faked – and to be honest all those ‘components’ one finds in this movie – however they are not as bad as Mr. Travers suggests, this story is about a lot more than that – I personally haven’t met a single woman yet, who wouldn’t like this film (and none of them is a grossout).
The film, directed by Peter Segal is funny, light, touching and romantic in a surprisingly wise way – after all what we have here is a beautiful kind of love and at the same time a very difficult kind of love – something many of us dream about but would we really be ready for all the sacrifice that comes with it? In the film the main character, a man who seemingly is not ready for love and commitment and doesn’t seem to even want it – suddenly discovers that soulmates do come along and when they finally appear they bring so much joy and freedom that only a fool would let them pass by.
Henry Roth played by Adam Sandler is not a fool – he knows what he wants and despite the enormous obstacle – a ‘disorder’ – Lucy (played by Drew Barrymore) suffers from after a car accident – Henry doesn’t give up, and with help of Lucy’s father and brother, he becomes greater then life – a truly loving man who treasures what he’s got, and what he has to fight for.
The characters in the movie are the sweetest guys ever. Lucy is a darling and a very strong and witty woman herself, her father is a tough fisherman, her brother a funny, goofy but strangely ambitious guy obsessed with his muscles who loves his sister to bits. The vomiting walrus is actually a real star and a truly clever, cute guy – and together with his animal water friends they form quite an entertaining and lovely company to watch. I also enjoyed Rob Schneider and Lusia Strus a lot! Their performances are crazy brilliant (or crazy silly as Mr. Travers would say), hilarious and totally unforgettable.
There is a lot of magic in this film – everybody seems happy to be there. There’s certain chemistry among the actors and animals, and the story is very warm, engaging and simply human so to speak – there are very few films I enjoy as much as I do 50 First Dates – it’s so fresh and touching despite the appearances and the scene when Henry Roth tries to get Lucy’s attention in the restaurant is so hilarious that I laugh each time I watch it.
So whatever the Rolling Stone reviewer or any other would say – don’t read it – do yourself a favor and watch 50 First Dates – it will make your day, promise.
To be cont.