Release Date:  February 13, 2004

Rating:  PG-13 (for crude sexual humor and drug references)

Genre:  Romantic Comedy

Director:  Peter Segal

Actors:  Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Sean Astin, Missi Pyle, Rob Schneider

Review:  If this film meets the standards for a PG-13 rating, then somebody needs to start howling to the Motion Picture Association of America, because the filth in “50 First Dates” isn’t limited to walrus vomit (although there is plenty of that).

Adam Sandler plays Henry Roth, a veterinarian at an animal park in Hawaii. In his spare time, he beds dozens of tourist women – and the occasional man. After spotting Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore), a local with a penchant for waffle-stacking, all that changes. Henry is smitten and ready for commitment. Unfortunately (or maybe not), Lucy has a brain injury – the result of a car accident that left her no scars and no short-term memory. Her brain resets at night when she goes to sleep, so she wakes up every day thinking it is the morning before the accident, with no recollection of anything that happened the previous day. Think “Groundhog Day” with a twist.


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Aiding this conundrum are Lucy’s doting father (Blake Clark) and her steroid-popping, body-building brother (Sean Astin). With help from the entire village, they codependently recreate the same scenario, every morning, so Lucy won’t be “traumatized.” Meanwhile, Henry has managed to convince Lucy to fall for him. But can he do it again?  And again?  And again?

It is hard to convey how awful this film is without sounding like my dog just mangled my favorite sweater (“Bad! Bad! Bad!”). For the sake of those who might believe this is a worthy Valentine’s film, however, I will certainly try.