50 First Dates

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50 First Dates
50FirstDates.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPeter Segal
Produced byJack Giarraputo
Steve Golin
Nancy Juvonen
Written byGeorge Wing
StarringAdam Sandler
Drew Barrymore
Rob Schneider
Sean Astin
Blake Clark
Dan Aykroyd
Music byTeddy Castellucci
CinematographyJack N. Green
Edited byJeff Gourson
Production
company
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • February 13, 2004 (2004-02-13)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$75 million[1]
Box office$196.3 million[1]

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 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 for Best On-Screen Team. The fictitious memory impairment suffered by Barrymore's character, Goldfield's Syndrome, is similar to short-term memory loss and anterograde amnesia. The 2014 Malayalam film Ormayundo Ee Mukham is inspired by 50 First Dates, as are the 2007 Telugu film, Sathyabhama, and the 2018 Japanese film "50 First Kisses" (50回目のファーストキス).

Plot[edit]

Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) is a veterinarian at Sea Life Park on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. He has a reputation of womanizing female tourists and does not display any interest in committing to a serious relationship. One day, at Hukilau Café, he meets a young woman named Lucy Whitmore. Believing her to be a local, he avoids introducing himself, but the next day he comes back. Lucy and he hit it off instantly and she asks him to meet her again tomorrow morning.

However, when Henry goes back to the café the following day, Lucy does not have any recollection of ever meeting him. The restaurant owner Sue explains to Henry that the year before, Lucy and her father Marlin had a serious car accident on his birthday that left her with anterograde amnesia, which inhibits her ability to form new memories. As such, she wakes up every morning thinking it is Sunday, October 13, of last year.

To spare Lucy the heartbreak of reliving the accident every day, Marlin and Doug, Lucy's lisping steroid-addicted brother, re-enact Marlin's birthday by following a script, including putting out the Sunday newspaper, refilling Lucy's shampoo bottles, re-watching the same Minnesota Vikings game, and re-watching the movie The Sixth Sense.

Despite Sue's warning, Henry invites Lucy to have breakfast with him. Eventually she does, but it ends poorly when he unintentionally hurts her feelings. He follows her home to apologize, where Marlin and Doug instruct him to leave her alone. Henry begins concocting ways to run into Lucy on the following days, but 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.

One day, a police officer writes Lucy a ticket for her expired plates. She attempts to argue that they are not yet expired, but realizes it's not October 13 as she thought. Lucy rushes home, and Marlin and Doug are forced to admit their ruse when she confronts them; a procedure they always follow whenever something goes wrong with their efforts to re-enact Marlin's birthday.

Henry comes up with an idea to make a video explaining to Lucy her accident and their relationship. Although she is upset upon learning of her accident and memory loss, Henry believes that she is more upset about realizing her life is a lie every day. Because of this, Henry, Marlin and Doug show Lucy the tape every morning and help her spend her days 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.

Eventually, however, Lucy decides to erase Henry completely from her life after learning of his decision not to take a year-long sailing trip to Bristol Bay to study walruses, something he has been planning for the past 10 years, in favor of spending that year making her fall in love with him every day. Henry reluctantly helps Lucy destroy her journal entries of their relationship.

A few weeks later, Henry is preparing to leave for his trip. Before he departs, Marlin tells him that Lucy is now living at the brain institute where she was first diagnosed and teaching an art class there. He also tells him that she sings. As he sails away, Henry becomes emotional and remembers that Marlin once told him that Lucy only sings after she meets him. Concluding that she remembers him, he returns home, rushes to the brain institute and asks her if she knows who he is. She says she doesn't, but shows him the pictures she has painted of him, saying she dreams about him every night.

Some time later, Lucy wakes up and plays a video tape marked "Good Morning Lucy." It again informs her of her accident, but ends with her and Henry’s wedding. On 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 Marlin, Henry and their daughter, Nicole.

Cast[edit]

  • Adam Sandler as Henry Roth, a marine veterinarian with a talent for wooing women and a fear of commitment
  • Drew Barrymore as Lucy Whitmore, Henry's love interest with short-term memory loss
  • Rob Schneider as Ula, Henry's marijuana-smoking, native Hawaiian assistant and best friend; he is unhappily married to an overweight native woman and has five young, athletically talented children
  • Sean Astin as Doug Whitmore, Lucy's older brother, a lisping, steroid-dependent bodybuilder
  • Blake Clark as Marlin Whitmore, Lucy's widowed father, a professional fisherman
  • Lusia Strus as Alexa, Henry's ambiguously gendered assistant
  • Dan Aykroyd as Dr. Joseph Keats, a physician specializing in brain disorders
  • Amy Hill as Sue, the Hukilau café manager and friend of Lucy and her late mother
  • Pomaika'i Brown as Nick, the Hukilau café chef.
  • Allen Covert as Ten-Second Tom, a hospital patient with severe memory impairment (reprised as 220 Tom in Blended)
  • Missi Pyle as Noreen, a tax attorney Henry meets at a bar but then tries to fix up with Alexa
  • Maya Rudolph as Stacy, pregnant friend of Lucy's at the beach party
  • Kevin James as Factory worker
  • Lynn Collins as Linda

Production[edit]

The film was originally titled "50 First Kisses".[2] Drew Barrymore, who knew of the original script, wrote a letter to Sandler and suggested it as their next film together. In 2014, Barrymore said it had been more of a drama and was re-written by Sandler and they reworked it into more of a comedy.[3]

Locations[edit]

Most of the film was shot on location in Kaneohe, Kaʻaʻawa, Wahiawā, Makapuʻu, and Waimānalo, Oahu, as well as in Kāne'ohe Bay. Due to 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.[4]

The walrus tank is actually in Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California, and the golf course is the Ocean Trails Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Critical reception [edit]

The film received mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 44% based on 175 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."[5]

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.[6] 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."[7]

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 collaborations as professional "soul mates".[8]

Fictional medical condition[edit]

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".[9]

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.[10] Similarly, in the Truman Show delusion, patients believe that they are living inside a reality television show, as in the 1998 film The Truman Show.

In July 2015, two people were discovered to have a form of anterograde amnesia that resembles the one depicted in the movie. One is a man in the UK, originally from Germany. He wakes up every day thinking it is March 14, 2005, because that is the day he underwent anesthesia for a dental procedure which led to this condition as a rare, unexplained complication (however, his anterograde amnesia, like that of others with the condition, causes him to forget facts not daily, but within 90 minutes).[11] The other is a woman who reportedly believes every day is October 15, 2014. She used to be a pub manager and was visiting Kettering General Hospital for a kickboxing injury when she slipped and hit her head on a metal pole.[12][13]

Ten-Second Tom's ten-second memory is similar to the second-to-second consciousness of Clive Wearing, a British man whose long- and short-term memory centers were destroyed from a viral infection of the brain caused by the herpes virus.

Real world application[edit]

The Hebrew Home of Riverdale, New York has started an experimental program in which residents with early dementia watch a video every morning in which they see comforting messages and reminders from family members that they may still know. After April 2015, the program may include more residents. Robert Abrams of NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital considered this idea "both innovative and thoughtful." Charlotte Dell, director of social services for the home, said the program was inspired by 50 First Dates.[14]

Soundtrack[edit]

50 First Dates: Love songs from the Original Motion Picture
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Soundtrack album by Various Artists
ReleasedFebruary 3, 2004 (2004-02-03)
GenreSka, reggae, new wave
Length49:37
LabelMaverick
ProducerNick Hexum

The soundtrack contains cover versions of songs that were originally recorded in the 1980s. This includes mostly reggae 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.

Despite being prominently featured in the film, neither Israel Kamakawiwoʻole's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"/"What a Wonderful World" nor The Beach Boys' "Wouldn't It Be Nice" were included on the soundtrack.

The soundtrack was produced by 311's frontman, Nick Hexum. 311 provided a cover of The Cure's Lovesong for the soundtrack. It is heard over the film's end credits.

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 Marley of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers4:26
6."True" (Spandau Ballet)Gary Kempwill.i.am & Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas4:24
7."Slave to Love" (Roxy Music)FerryElan Atias3:55
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)Eddie Hinton, Donnie FrittsNicole Scherzinger of The Pussycat Dolls3:36
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[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "50 First Dates".
  2. ^ Edelstein, David (February 13, 2004). "Adam Sandler Makes Nice". Slate. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  3. ^ Jacobs, Matthew (May 22, 2014). "Why Drew Barrymore Loves Making Movies With Adam Sandler". Entertainment. The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "A LocationsHub Movie Marathon: Escape to Hawaii". LocationsHub. Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  5. ^ "50 First Dates (2004)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Archived from the original on 25 March 2010. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  6. ^ Scott, A.O. (February 13, 2004). "FILM REVIEW; A Love That's Forever, If Only for a Day". New York Times. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
  7. ^ Ebert, Roger (February 13, 2004). "50 First Dates". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  8. ^ Bonos, Lisa (November 5, 2015). "Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, professional soul mates". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  9. ^ Baxendale, Sallie (December 18, 2004). "Memories aren't made of this: amnesia at the movies". BMJ. 329 (7480): 1480–1483. doi:10.1136/bmj.329.7480.1480. PMC 535990. PMID 15604191.
  10. ^ Christine N. Smith; Jennifer C. Frascino; Donald L. Kripke; Paul R. McHugh; Glenn J. Treisman; Larry R. Squire (May 2010). "Losing memories overnight: a unique form of human amnesia". Neuropsychologia. 48 (10): 2833–40. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2010.05.025. PMC 2914200. PMID 20493889.
  11. ^ Sarah Kaplan (17 July 2015). "Reverse Groundhog Day: U.K. man wakes up every day thinking it's March 14, 2005 and doctors have no idea why". National Post.
  12. ^ Plymouth Herald (17 July 2015). "Groundhog Day: Woman with rare amnesia wakes up thinking every day is October 15, 2014". Plymouth Herald. Archived from the original on 2015-07-21.
  13. ^ "Amnesia sufferer Nikki Pegram loses benefit". BBC. 8 September 2015.
  14. ^ Jim Fitzgerald (17 April 2015). "Idea from Adam Sandler film used to soothe dementia patients". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Associated Press.

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