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50 First Dates - louis

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Keep this secret, because the following statement will be inadmissible amongst my male friends, but I am a huge sucker for a love story. Maybe it is because of my own romantic dispositions that I find most scenarios with two people falling in love to make highly entertaining and touching viewing. Maybe rom-com movies propose a sense of escapism that I aspire to attain in my own relationships. Whatever the attraction, it has really worked for me in this movie, and I'm gonna tell you why. Firstly, you can't name an Adam Sandler movie that I haven't watched below an excess of 30 times. From Billy Madison, to Happy Gilmore, to Little Nicky, to Punch-Drunk Love, to Big Daddy these always rate highly in my 'what do I feel like watching today' lexicon so I may be a little biased in this review, but I think the guy is precariously hilarious and 50 First Dates follows suit. The story revolves around the relationship between Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) and Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore), after meeting, they both fall in love, however, Lucy suffers from complete short-term memory loss and the events of the day are reset by morning with obvious consequences concerning sustaining some kind of intimacy. Now Henry has to try and make Lucy fall in love with him every day to be with the woman of his dreams.

Pretty simple, huh? Although the plot sounds predictable, it is executed brilliantly with great performances and hilarious cameos from Happy Madison regulars Allen Covert, Peter Dante, Jonathan Loughran and scene-stealing Bigelow-Gigolo, Rob Schneider, not to mention Dan Aykroyd and Sean Astin (who is nostalgically riotous as Doug Whitmore he reminded me of 'Brand Walsh' his on-screen brother from The Goonies, effortlessly tearing away the unassailable halo that surrounds him after LOTR). Drew Barrymore is adorable as Lucy, I don't usually find her attractive, but I felt myself falling in love with her whilst watching the movie, consequentially dribbling in my overpriced popcorn (I call it the 'Eternal Sunshine Effect' Kate Winslet became a high rated hottie vicariously through her character to me) and I think the pattern is that although they are both independent and self-reliant, they are essentially weak and vulnerable. Lucy Whitmore is sassy, intelligent, funny, cute, somewhat fond of baseball-bat inflicted GBH in addition to being scared, insecure and mentally disabled and is a fully rounded human being and seeing all of these elements together, makes her character so engaging that you find it believable that Adam Sandler's 'Henry' would make so much effort to sustain a relationship with her'. As with most of the Happy Madison movies, Adam Sandler is pretty much playing same the immature man-child who by the end of the movie, realises responsibility and becomes a fully fledged man the difference in 50 First Dates is that he attains this knowledge of self a lot earlier on than normal and actually seems like a genuinely nice, mature guy who you would want to be with Drew Barrymore.

I don't know what it is about typecast, goofy, loser actors (e.g. Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler) that makes them provide the best in romantic performances they can project this intense desperation for love that the average guy has certainly felt at some point in his life. It's a hilarious, feel good movie that is a must for Happy Madison fans and anyone with a heart take someone on a date to see this movie, definitely. One of the highlights of my year, certainly.

"He looks like an asshole."