50 First Dates (2004)
USA / English
"Imagine having to win over the girl of your dreams... every friggin' day. "Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he's finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the very next day.
Odd premise for a rom-com, but it works
Drew Barrymore as the amnesiac Lucy, is wonderful in this movie. She's
sweet, vulnerable, and yet strong in her own way at the same time. Adam
Sandler drops his routine "ornery annoying dumb guy" persona, and he
adapts well here, playing his Henry character as noble, sensitive, and
amiable. The two characters are pleasing and easy to identify with.
The good work of both leads helps this offbeat premise work. A young
woman suffers from a condition caused by a traumatic injury where her
daily memory is erased each night when she goes to sleep; she wakes
each morning thinking it's a day a few years earlier. Her family
insulate her in this fantasy, for obvious reasons. This is where
suspension of disbelief is necessary, as plot holes dealing with how
Lucy's life would be are easy to catch. Most obvious: as time wore on,
wouldn't Lucy be shocked, waking to see her parents had aged by several
years? And if she sees a mirror, she'd notice her own aging. It's hard
to imagine living like this, which is why this movie actually moves
more toward a drama than a comedy.
However, in all rom-coms, love conquers all, even the daily
obliteration of the relationship. The behavior of people doesn't seem
likely, and the ending opens a lot of questions, so giving the movie
poetic license again comes into play. This movie is just about romantic
fantasy, so for the sake of enjoying the flick, those questions are
best left unasked.
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