50 First Dates

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50 First Dates

Theatrical poster
Directed byPeter Segal
Produced by
Written byGeorge Wing
Starring
Music byTeddy Castellucci
CinematographyJack N. Green
Editing byJeff Gourson
StudioHappy Madison
Flower Films
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date(s)
  • February 13, 2004 (2004-02-13)
Running time99 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$75 million
Box office$196,482,882
 
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50 First Dates

Theatrical poster
Directed byPeter Segal
Produced by
Written byGeorge Wing
Starring
Music byTeddy Castellucci
CinematographyJack N. Green
Editing byJeff Gourson
StudioHappy Madison
Flower Films
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date(s)
  • February 13, 2004 (2004-02-13)
Running time99 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$75 million
Box office$196,482,882

50 First Dates is a 2004 American romantic comedy film directed by Peter Segal and written by George Wing. The film stars Adam Sandler as a woman-chasing veterinarian and Drew Barrymore as an amnesiac, along with Rob Schneider, Sean Astin, Lusia Strus, Blake Clark, and Dan Aykroyd.

Most of the film was shot on location in Oahu, Hawaii on the Windward side and the North Shore. Sandler and Barrymore won an MTV award. This is the second of their two films to date as costars, the first being The Wedding Singer.

The fictitious memory impairment suffered by Barrymore's character, Goldfield's Syndrome, is similar to short term memory loss and Anterograde amnesia.

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Plot

Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) is a veterinarian at Sea Life Park on the island of Oahu who has a reputation of womanizing female tourists. He shows no interest in committing to a serious relationship and his closest friends are Ula (Rob Schneider), a marijuana-smoking Islander; his assistant Alexa (Lusia Strus), whose sexuality is unclear; and Willy, his pet African penguin.

One day Henry’s boat The Sea Serpent, breaks down while he is sailing around Oahu. He goes to the Hukilau Café to wait for the coastguard. There, he sees Lucy (Drew Barrymore), a pretty girl who makes architectural art with her waffles. Henry assumes she is a local, which prevents him from introducing himself but the next day he comes back. Lucy and he hit if off instantly and she asks him to meet her again tomorrow morning.

When Henry goes back to the café, Lucy shows no recollection of ever meeting him. The restaurant owner Sue (Amy Hill) explains to Henry that a year ago Lucy and her father Marlin (Blake Clark) went up to the North Shore to pick a pineapple for his birthday. On the way back, they got into a serious car accident that left Lucy with Goldfield Syndrome, a type of antegorade amnesia. She wakes up every morning thinking it is Sunday October 13 of last year. To save her the heartbreak of reliving the accident everyday, Marlin and Doug (Sean Astin), Lucy’s lisping steroid-addicted brother, relive everyday by doing numerous tasks, including putting out October 13th’s newspaper, watching the same Vikings game, and refilling Lucy’s shampoo bottles.

Despite Sue’s warning that Nick (Pomaika’i Brown), the Hukilau Café’s chef, will come at him with a meat cleaver, Henry decided to try and get Lucy to have breakfast with him. Eventually he does, but it ends poorly when Henry accidentally hurts Lucy’s feelings. He follows her home to apologize where Marlin and Doug instruct Henry to leave Lucy alone.

Henry begins concocting ways to run into Lucy such as pretending to have car trouble, creating a fake road block and by having Ula beat him up. Eventually, Marlin and Doug figure this out due to Lucy singing The Beach Boys "Wouldn't It Be Nice" on the days when she meets Henry.

The next day, Henry asks to sit with Lucy at breakfast but she declines and says she has a boyfriend named Ringo McCartney before a police officer gives Lucy a ticket for her expired plates. Lucy learns about her accident and requests to be taken to Dr. Keats (Dan Akyroyd). Dr. Keats introduces Lucy to Ten-Second Tom (Allen Covert), a patient whose memory only lasts for 10 seconds to prove to Lucy how much worse her condition could be.

Henry comes up with an idea to make a video explaining to Lucy her accident and their relationship and play it every morning for her. She watched the tape and is hurt, but eventually comes to her senses and she is able to spend the day by picking up where the tape says she left off. She spends more time with Henry and goes to see some of her old friends.

Lucy decides to erase Henry completely from her life after learning of his decision to not take a sailing trip to Bristol Bay to study walruses, something that has been in planning mode for the past 10 years. He feels he cannot leave Lucy for the year it will take him. Henry reluctantly helps her destroy her journal entries of their relationship.

A few weeks later, Henry is preparing to leave for his sailing trip. Before he goes, Marlin tells him that Lucy is now living at the brain institute and teaching an art class. He also tells him that she sings. Then he gives Henry a Beach Boys CD. Listening to the CD, Henry becomes emotional and curses Marlin's giving him the CD and making him feel so emotional. He then remembers that Marlin once told him that Lucy always sings after she meets him. He then realizes that Lucy remembers him and turns around to go home. She says she does not remember, but that she dreams about him every night and paints pictures of him. They reconcile.

Some time later, Lucy wakes up and plays the tape marked “Good Morning Lucy”. It again reminds her of her accident, but ends with her and Henry’s wedding. From the tape, Henry says to put a jacket on and come have breakfast when she is ready. Lucy then sees that she is on Henry’s boat, which finally made it to Alaska. She goes up on deck and meets Henry and their daughter, Nicole, as well as her dad.

Cast

Production

The film was originally titled "50 First Kisses", but this was changed to avoid confusion with Never Been Kissed, another film with Drew Barrymore.[1]

Locations

Most of the film was shot on location in Kaneohe, Kaʻaʻawa, Wahiawā, Makapuʻu, and Waimānalo, Oahu, as well as in Kāne'ohe Bay. To save money (because of the high cost of filming outside of the studio zone), some interior scenes (such as inside the Whitmore residence) were shot on sets in Los Angeles carefully decorated to look like they were in Hawaii.

The walrus tank is actually in Vallejo, California's Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, and the golf course is in Los Angeles, California. Real-life sea lion trainer Michael Osborn appears in the film as himself. The boat "Sea Serpent" was a 51' Formosa; The boat's real name is Viking Spirit and it is berthed in Ko Olina, on Oahu.

The movie also makes reference to the film Tommy Boy by mentioning Callahan Auto (the company Chris Farley's character, Tommy, is trying to save) and the town of Sandusky, Ohio where the company is located.

Critical reception

The film received mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 44% based on 172 reviews, and the site's consensus states [that the] "Gross-out humor overwhelms the easy chemistry between Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, who bring some energy and yucks to this tale of a girl with short-term memory loss and the guy who tries to get her to love him." [2]

Critics who enjoyed the film (such as The New York Times reviewer A.O. Scott) praised the uplifting story while lamenting the seemingly excessive and incongruous amount of crude humor and drug references.[citation needed] Roger Ebert gave it three out of four stars, saying "The movie is sort of an experiment for Sandler. He reveals the warm side of his personality, and leaves behind the hostility, anger and gross-out humor... The movie doesn't have the complexity and depth of Groundhog Day... but as entertainment it's ingratiating and lovable."[3]

Sandler and Barrymore won the award for Best On-Screen Team at the MTV Movie Awards. The two actors, who had previously worked together in the popular film The Wedding Singer, are said to regard 50 First Dates as one of their favorite personal efforts.[citation needed]

Fictional medical condition

In an article in the BMJ on depictions of amnesia in film, clinical neuropsychologist Sallie Baxendale writes that 50 First Dates "maintains a venerable movie tradition of portraying an amnesic syndrome that bears no relation to any known neurological or psychiatric condition".[4] However, a 2010 article in the Daily Mail newspaper claimed a similar condition afflicted a UK woman who cannot remember anything prior to 1994 as a result of two car accidents (one in 1985 and the other in 1990).[5] The article quotes Dr. Peter Nestor, a neuroscience specialist at Cambridge University, who said "It is reasonably rare to have this kind of amnesia but it does exist." In 2010, researchers described a woman who developed the kind of memory impairment after she was involved in a car accident. She described that her memory was normal for events on the same day and that overnight memories for the previous day were lost. However, a neuropsychological test did reveal some improvement in recall for tasks which she had, unknowingly, performed the previous day. Though the woman claimed not to have seen 50 First Dates prior to her 2005 accident (but has watched it several times since), she stated that Drew Barrymore was her favorite actress, leading researchers to conclude that her condition might have been influenced by some knowledge of the film's plot, and its impact upon her understanding of amnesia.[6]

Soundtrack

50 First Dates: Love Songs From The Original Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
ReleasedFebruary 3, 2004 (2004-02-03)
GenreSka, reggae, new wave
Length49:37
LabelMaverick

The soundtrack contains cover versions of songs that were originally recorded in the 1980s. This includes mostly reggae or ska covers, due to their emphasized upbeat that gives a tropical or Hawaiian feel. It was a moderate commercial hit, reaching #30 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Top Soundtracks chart and Top Reggae Albums chart in the United States.

No.TitleWriter(s)ArtistLength
1."Hold Me Now" (Thompson Twins)Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie, Joe LeewayWayne Wonder4:12
2."Lovesong" (The Cure)Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Porl Thompson, Boris Williams, Roger O'Donnell3113:28
3."Lips Like Sugar" (Echo & the Bunnymen)Will Sergeant, Ian McCulloch, Les PattinsonSeal featuring Mikey Dread5:00
4."Your Love (L.O.V.E. Reggae Mix)" (The Outfield)John SpinksWyclef Jean featuring Eve4:13
5."Drive" (The Cars)Ric OcasekZiggy Marley4:26
6."True" (Spandau Ballet)Gary Kempwill.i.am & Fergie4:24
7."Slave to Love" (Bryan Ferry)FerryElan Atias
(backing vocals by Gwen Stefani)
3:55
8."Every Breath You Take" (The Police)StingUB403:55
9."The Ghost in You" (The Psychedelic Furs)Richard Butler, Tim ButlerMark McGrath of Sugar Ray3:01
10."Friday I'm in Love" (The Cure)Smith, Gallup, Thompson, Williams, Perry BamonteDryden Mitchell of Alien Ant Farm3:21
11."Breakfast in Bed" (Dusty Springfield, 1969/UB40 featuring Chrissie Hynde, 1988)Eddie Hinton, Donnie FrittsNicole Kea (Nicole Scherzinger)3:36
12."I Melt With You" (Modern English)Robbie Grey, Gary McDowell, Stephen Walker, Michael Conroy, Richard BrownJason Mraz3:36
13."Forgetful Lucy"  Sandler, Allen Covert, Tim HerlihyAdam Sandler1:51
Total length:
49:37

Other songs in the film

See also

References

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