Falling in Love Every Friggin' Day
50 First Dates
Review by Ross Anthony

I saw a film called "50 First Dates" all alone. How sad! yeah, my girlfriend and I are on the outs. Whaddaya gonna do, right? Anyway, thanks for caring, but it's not your problem. Let's get to the review. Heck, I liked the film. Yeah, I laughed, I cried (granted I may be a little more disposed toward crying these days), but a good cry never hurt nobody. I've always been a Sandler fan and he's great here, very funny, absurdly so at times, and extremely graceful carrying off serious heartfelt moments. Barrymore also deserves kudos, and let me tell you -- that walrus -- he's such a big lush! I wanted to take him home with me, slap him a big high five, hand to fin.

Yeah, it's Sandler and it's funny, sometimes over-the-top, occasionally sophomoric funny, but it's essentially a tender love story that works. The production is strong and even believable, but a weak climax robs it of an otherwise well deserved A-. Fear not, it could have also rounded up with a very disappointing ending (after 1.25 hours of solid production), it's only the climax that's somewhat lame. The resolution returns to the strength and seriousness, the real heart of the picture. And, despite the fact that we may have seen it coming, the resolution is still rewarding, fulfilling even.

Overall, this is a sweet romantic, entertaining, unique and very romantic picture. Good for a sincere first date, for long term partners, or solo if you're on the outs with that special someone and need a good cry.

(Shot mostly in Hawaii, many scenes take place at Sea Life Park on Oahu. So even with Sandler, it's still not a bad picture to look at.)

  • 50 First Dates. Copyright © 2003.
  • Starring Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider, Sean Astin, Lusia Strus.
  • Directed by Peter Segal.
  • Screenplay by George Wing.
  • Produced by Jack Giarraputo, Steve Golin, Nancy Juvonen at Columbia/Hapy Madison/Anonymous Content/Flower Films.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)

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