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Why I Like Adam Sandler Movies – part 2 – 50 First Dates

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.

50 First Dates website

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Why I like Adam Sandler movies – part 1

Why do I like Adam Sandler movies? Even the bad ones – with one exception though. Well, as their twitter profile says it’s a Happy Madison family – and even if not all of Adam Sandler movies have been made by his production company – this is where my fandom begins.

For some reason – I like watching the same faces that appear over and over again in Adam Sandler films, it gives me the sense of familiarity with that funny company of often seriously damaged, weird characters who usually struggle to protect their dreams, ideas or newly found wisdom – and always win in the end. I like same motifs appearing in his movies – e.g. Duran Duran, Miami Vice/Don Johnson, hit songs of the 80-ties, especially ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey, etc.

OK, I know it sounds a bit too ideal – Adam Sandler’s movies are about much more than that – his characters do have serious issues, the most popular one is anger management and what one can easily see Mr. Sandler does have good laugh at some aspects of the so called Western mentality – brought to extremes sometimes but thus even more funny (or at least this is how I understand e.g. the scene from That’s My Boy when Donny catches the siblings in the act of incest and one of them tries to give an excuse saying: ‘It’s what good looking people do! They have sex with other good looking people, you know’).

Yes, Adam Sandler’s characters are often vulgar, laud and unpredictable, his fellow comrades frequently get themselves stoned, obsessed with women or computer games or are simply unable to cope with the demands of the so called modern society (in general) – however all those apparent losers are in fact individuals who carry their own truth deep inside them. They are usually going through some rough patch and in the end they manage to find the way out, to pull themselves together, forgive, save the world, stay loyal to their family and/or friends,  and win over a beautiful lady, etc.

Yes, there is a lot of bitterness (e.g. some of David Spade’s lines) in Adam Sandler movies as well – after all we (I mean those who actually like his films) who laugh while watching them, realize  that it’s all about the humanity itself – all the foibles, issues, and ‘things we do when no one’s watching’ are being exposed ruthlessly, but still … all stays in the family, so to speak.

A Happy Madison family who used to have a really lovely website (now turned into a facebook and youtube sites) that only intensified the impression of coziness, friendliness and fun (I loved Adam Sandler’s dad’s letters posted there: full of love and parental concern). The impression however was purely an impression though – those Happy Madison guys are truly hardworking individuals, who probably hardly ever have a day off – which unfortunately is noticeable in some of their films, where Adam Sandler looks quite tired and as if he wanted to be somewhere else (e.g. Just Go With It – I do love this film but Mr. Sandler used to put a lot more effort into his acting in many of his other movies) – would it be true then, what Chris Rock once said that many comedians lose their passion for the job, and keep working just to maintain their luxurious lifestyles (because they’ve already achieved everything they ever wanted)? Let’s hope it’s not the case. Anyway, I keep my fingers crossed for the upcoming Grown Ups 2 or actually for that new Drew Barrymore movie.

To be cont.