In 50 First Dates (2004), ladies man Henry has his heart set on winning over Lucy, who to his surprise suffers from short term memory loss, making every day a chance to win her love. Directed by Peter Segal, the film stars Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider, Sean Astin, Blake Clark, and Dan Aykroyd. YouTuber Ashleigh Burton watches this “Millennial Movie Members Pick” for the first time and shares her thoughts on the romantic comedy now available for streaming on Netflix.
Is that Drew Barrymore? Is that her? I didn’t know she was in this movie. What’s she doing Drew? Seems like a little too much work for eating waffles but all right.
The YouTuber is pleasantly surprised by the appearance of the actress and when she learns about Lucy’s condition becomes immediately stressed for the character and the entire situation comparing it to an awful Groundhog Day. She becomes even more sympathetic to the character and her family when it is revealed that her father and brother do what they can to let Lucy relive the same day over and over again for the past year since her accident. They let her celebrate the same birthday, watch the same movies and even let her paint the same mural everyday and paint over it again at night so she can do it all over again the next day.
Oh they watch it over and over again every day. Oh, that sucks … and they do it all over again. That’s so sad. That’s so nice of them to help that much though.
When Henry learns of Lucy’s condition and is determined to win her over every single day, Burton is definitely moved by this huge romantic gesture, calling it super cute. When Lucy finally learns about her condition, the YouTuber now has so many questions as to how will she be able to move forward, how will she react to Henry, and how will this movie end.
If there is no resolve to this, I’m going to feel very unfulfilled. They got married?
Some of the YouTubers laugh out loud moments came from the comedic relief of Rob Schneider’s character Ula and watching his over-the-top scenes.
It was funny, I laughed a lot and it’s my first introduction to Adam Sandler I think. Right now, I’m like oh okay some parts are funny. I could watch another Adam Sandler.
Ultimately though, Burton is left feeling underwhelmed and unsatisfied with the ending of Lucy and Henry’s love story. She acknowledges that it would have been much more difficult to come up with an alternative ending because the characters are in such a unique situation, but is still left feeling the plot is unresolved and incomplete.
I have to admit that I’m slightly annoyed that the resolve of this movie is just to make a new tape every day for her. I mean I know it would have been a tougher movie to create had they had to have found the solution for short term memory loss … I don’t feel complete.
Despite the film being quite hilariously entertaining, it is probably a movie that she wouldn’t watch again, says Burton who rates the film a 3.5/5.
YouTuber Ashleigh Burton rates and reviews retro movies and TV shows on her channel regularly.