86. 50 First Dates

Movie: 50 First Dates

Release Date: February 13, 2004

Director: Peter Segal

Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider, Sean Astin, Dan Aykroyd, Blake Clark.

Tag Lines: “Imagine having to win over the girl of your dreams… every friggin’ day!”

“The ultimate bachelor will face the ultimate challenge.”

Relevance: My love for Adam Sandler is a bit shaky. Let me say, however, that as a person he seems like a decent fellow, although his reported Republican affiliation is nauseating, as are all Republicans. What is shaky with me is his professional career. I did enjoy him when he was on “Saturday Night Live” and his holiday classic “The Chanukah Song” can still be found to this day on my iPhone. His films on the other hand, although adored by many, are not necessarily my cup of tea. That changed a bit with “The Wedding Singer,” but I blame that on Drew Barrymore and its 1980’s vibe. I have always loved Ms. Barrymore and I adore all things 1980. It changed tremendously with ’50 First Dates.’

’50 First Dates’ was released on February 13, 2004, perfectly suited to the Valentine’s Day weekend. It was pretty much panned by critics, but audiences seemed to enjoy it and it became a box office success. I was not one of those that ventured out to the theaters to see it, despite starring Drew Barrymore and being mildly intrigued by its trailer. Since I am the type of movie fan that will eventually watch everything, I knew that I would catch it when it was released to home media.

At the time of its theatrical run, I worked at the home office for a music and movie retailer. The soundtrack to the film was played for us by the vendor and I was kind of enjoying the 1980’s songs being covered by other artists such as Seal, 311, UB40 and Jason Mraz. It was selling pretty well and I eventually bought a copy for myself. It became one of my favorite CD’s to listen to in my car on my way back and forth from work.

When ’50 First Dates’ was released as a rental, I did just that, rented it. I wasn’t expecting too much from the film, but like I said before, I pretty much will watch anything. I couldn’t have been more wrong about the film. It was romantic and charming and really, really funny. Adam Sandler was not playing his usual obnoxious character that everyone but me seemed to like. He was different, lovable and because of that, dare I say, attractive. The story was a simple boy meets girl and falls in love premise but with an interesting twist. As unbelievable as some might find that twist, it worked for me. I absolutely loved the movie, the story, both Mr. Sandler and Drew Barrymore as well as the rest of the ensemble cast. After watching it, the next day at work I purchased the DVD as I knew it was a film I needed to own for my collection.

’50 First Dates’ was a movie that I shared with everyone that I knew, both friends and family. I watched it many times and always laughed and always cried. I don’t consider myself an overly romantic person, but something about the love between the two main characters and their chemistry on screen makes me weep uncontrollably every time I watch it. It has remained my favorite Adam Sandler movie of all time and one of the best romantic comedies ever, completely deserving a spot in my top one hundred movies of all time.

Today’s Thoughts: “All I know about walruses is that out of all mammals they have the second largest penis. I have the first.”

’50 First Dates’ is always a welcomed movie to watch in my house. I probably watched it sometime last year, as I always watch it when it appears on television. I have even streamed it on Netflix even though I own the DVD. It’s a funny and adorable film that always cheers me up and makes me want to fall in love all over again.

The movie is beautifully directed by Peter Segal and the performance he got out of Adam Sandler alone is worth some mention. Mr. Sandler does a really fine job with this character. Sure, he has some typical “Sandler” moments in the movie, but overall he is quite good. The rest of the cast, especially Drew Barrymore, are equally effective. Rob Schneider, Sean Astin, Dan Aykroyd and Blake Clark all have some great scenes throughout. Maya Rudolph in her albeit brief cameo really makes me laugh out loud as well.

’50 First Dates’ is a wonderful romantic comedy that really tugs at my heartstrings and makes me cry. Despite it being a Kleenex film for me, it is also a film that makes me laugh no matter how many times I watch it. And over the years, that has been quite a lot of times. It comes very highly recommended whether you are an Adam Sandler fan or not.

Ways to Watch: Vudu, Amazon Prime, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, DVD Availability.

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