50 First Dates on DVD
For the first time since 1997s The Wedding Singer, Adam Sandler teams
up with Drew Barrymore for a lighthearted romantic comedy that does a good job
of combining funny stuff with mushy stuff.
Henry Roth (Sandler) has a great life as a marine mammal veterinarian, spending
every night with a beautiful tourist in search of a one-night-stand in paradise.
But hes the "typical male," fearing commitment and not wanting to grow
One day he stops for breakfast in a local diner, and he sees Lucy (Barrymore).
Initially he feels he wants to have a fling with her, but soon realizes he longs
Things get more complex when he approaches her a second time, only to discover
that she apparently doesnt remember him. As it turns out, Lucy suffers
from short-term memory loss; shes unable to transfer new memories into
old memories. So she lives every day exactly the same (because every day she
thinks its the same day), unaware of her predicament.
Henrys not used to having to work for a girl, but hes up to the
challenge. If he has to woo Lucy every day for the rest of their lives, so be
The biggest problem seems to be coming up with new ideas every day.
Can Henry get around Lucys affliction and the two of them still live
happily ever after? Probably, or else we dont have much of a movie.
As a typical Adam Sandler movie, 50 First Dates offers a few good laughs but
strikes a few wrong notes as well. You cant help but think a few jokes
would work better had they done them another way, but there are still enough
good ones to keep things moving along.
Sandler and Barrymore have excellent chemistry, although the movie isnt
nearly as cute and cuddly as their previous effort. Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee
from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) turns in a likeable supporting performance,
and what Adam Sandler movie would be complete without Rob Schneider playing
a quirky foreigner?
Its not the best Sandler movie to date, but fans of his earlier films
will probably find enough in 50 First Dates to keep them entertained for 99
minutes. Likeable characters, great chemistry, and some good chuckles make it
worth checking out.
The DVD is presented in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen, and the picture quality
is better than most movies of this type. The colors are sparkling and the detail
is extremely sharp, with no dust or grain or halos. The lush tropical backgrounds
also feature glorious color and detail. The audio comes in Dolby Digital 5.1
and the quality is fairly typical of this kind of film. The dialogue and sound
effects are distributed evenly between the front channels, and while the surrounds
dont get a lot of use, we did notice a couple of the musical numbers and
bits of the score using them quite effectively.
The audio commentary by director Peter Segal and Drew Barrymore is a bit of
a letdown. While they do talk almost continuously, much of the information
is redundant and uninteresting. Barrymore is certainly charming, but Segal is
considerably less so.
Three featurettes entitled The Dating Scene, Reel Comedy
Special and Talkin Pidgin total about 50 minutes, and
are a lot better than most featurettes of this type. Pidgin focuses
on Hawaiian slang, while the other two are basic "making-of" bits, but are much
better than usual.
The batch of deleted scenes is pretty good, but it's easy to see why they were
cut. They include more of Henry trying to win over Lucy, and Lucy freaking out
when she finds out about her affliction. Seven minutes of outtakes, three music
videos, and a multitude of trailers are also included.
50 First Dates, from Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment
99 minutes, anamorphic widescreen (2.40:1) 16x9 enhanced, Dolby Digital 5.1
Starring Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider, Sean Astin and Dan Aykroyd
Produced by Jack Giarraputo, Steve Golin, Nancy Juvonen
Written by George Wing
Directed by Peter Segal
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