50 First Dates
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|50 First Dates|
|Directed by||Peter Segal|
|Produced by|| |
|Written by||George Wing|
|Music by||Teddy Castellucci|
|Cinematography||Jack N. Green|
|Editing by||Jeff Gourson|
|Studio||Happy Madison |
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release date(s)||February 13, 2004|
|Running time||99 minutes|
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.
Henry Roth (Sandler), a womanizing marine-life veterinarian, spends his life in Hawaii between numerous short-term sexual conquests and caring for animals in an aquatic amusement park with his assistants Ula (Schneider) and Alexa (Strus).
One morning in a café, Henry meets Lucy Whitmore (Barrymore), a local art teacher; they hit it off and agree to meet again. However the next day when Henry returns, Lucy has no memory of him or their previous meeting, and Henry learns the explanation from the café owner: as a result of a car accident a year earlier, Lucy suffers from a form of anterograde amnesia in which each day's events disappear from her memory overnight. Since the accident happened on the birthday of her father Marlin (Clark), she innocently believes each new day to be that specific day, and in order to shield her from the pain of repeatedly learning about the accident, Marlin and Lucy's brother Doug (Astin) re-enact the activities of that birthday every day.
Falling in love with Lucy, Henry sheds his philandering ways and devises new ways to 'meet' her again every day, hoping that one day she will retain her memories, and feelings, for him. He eventually convinces Marlin that hiding the truth from Lucy is worse than explaining it to her each day, so they begin to leave video tapes for her to watch each morning, explaining her situation and her relationship with Henry. Lucy also writes notes to herself in a diary. Over time, she begins to reciprocate Henry's feelings, even accepting an evening marriage proposal. The next morning though, upon hearing that Henry canceled, after years of preparation, his plans to sail on a research expedition in order to stay with her, she convinces herself that their relationship is not a good thing for him; later on she insists that they break up, and destroys all evidence of the relationship.
Now shut out of Lucy's life, Henry prepares for his trip. When he sets sail, he learns that Lucy is doing well, even singing sometimes, something that, since the accident, she would do only on her happy days with him. Later on he realizes that this could mean she remembers him somehow, so he rushes back to see her. When they meet again, Lucy explains that she still does not know who he is but she has frequently been dreaming about him, and remembers his face from those dreams, as evidenced by the many paintings and drawings of him she has produced. Taking this to be proof of their love for each other, the couple reunite.
The last scene of the film is set several years later. Although she is unaware of it as she wakes up one morning in the cabin of Henry's yacht, Lucy is married to Henry and sailing with him, his dream finally fulfilled. After tearfully watching scenes of her accident and her wedding to Henry on a video tape, she climbs onto the deck of the boat to be greeted by Henry, their young daughter, Nicole and her father, Marlin.
- Adam Sandler as Henry Roth, a marine veterinarian with a talent for wooing women and a fear of commitment
- Drew Barrymore as Lucy Whitmore
- Rob Schneider as Ula, Henry's marijuana-smoking, native Hawaiian assistant. Ula 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 father, a professional fisherman
- Lusia Strus as Alexa, Henry's ambiguously gendered assistant
- Dan Aykroyd as Dr. 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 Hakilau cafe chef.
- Allen Covert as Ten-Second Tom, a hospital patient with severe memory impairment
- Missi Pyle as Noreen, tax attorney Henry meets at a bar but then tries to fix up with Alexa
- Maya Rudolph as Stacy, pregnant woman at beach party
- Lynn Collins and Kevin James make cameos in the film.
The film was originally titled "50 First Kisses", but this was changed to avoid confusion with Never Been Kissed, another film with Drew Barrymore.
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.
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." 
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. 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."
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.
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". 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). 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.
|50 First Dates: Love Songs From The Original Motion Picture|
|Soundtrack album by Various Artists|
|Released||February 3, 2004|
|Genre||Ska, reggae, new wave|
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.
|1.||"Hold Me Now" (Thompson Twins)||Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie, Joe Leeway||Wayne Wonder||4:12|
|2.||"Lovesong" (The Cure)||Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Porl Thompson, Boris Williams, Roger O'Donnell||311||3:28|
|3.||"Lips Like Sugar" (Echo & the Bunnymen)||Will Sergeant, Ian McCulloch, Les Pattinson||Seal featuring Mikey Dread||5:00|
|4.||"Your Love (L.O.V.E. Reggae Mix)" (The Outfield)||John Spinks||Wyclef Jean featuring Eve||4:13|
|5.||"Drive" (The Cars)||Ric Ocasek||Ziggy Marley||4:26|
|6.||"True" (Spandau Ballet)||Gary Kemp||will.i.am & Fergie||4:24|
|7.||"Slave to Love" (Bryan Ferry)||Ferry||Elan Atias |
(backing vocals by Gwen Stefani)
|8.||"Every Breath You Take" (The Police)||Sting||UB40||3:55|
|9.||"The Ghost in You" (The Psychedelic Furs)||Richard Butler, Tim Butler||Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray||3:01|
|10.||"Friday I'm in Love" (The Cure)||Smith, Gallup, Thompson, Williams, Perry Bamonte||Dryden Mitchell of Alien Ant Farm||3:21|
|11.||"Breakfast in Bed" (Dusty Springfield, 1969/UB40 featuring Chrissie Hynde, 1988)||Eddie Hinton, Donnie Fritts||Nicole Kea (Nicole Scherzinger)||3:36|
|12.||"I Melt With You" (Modern English)||Robbie Grey, Gary McDowell, Stephen Walker, Michael Conroy, Richard Brown||Jason Mraz||3:36|
|13.||"Forgetful Lucy"||Sandler, Allen Covert, Tim Herlihy||Adam Sandler||1:51|
Other songs in the film
- The Beach Boys — "Wouldn't It Be Nice"
- The Cure — "Boys Don't Cry"
- The English Beat — "Hands Off She's Mine"
- The Flaming Lips — "Do You Realize??"
- Wyclef Jean — "Baby"
- Israel Kamakawiwo'ole — "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"/ "What a Wonderful World" medley (Originally recorded by Judy Garland/ Louis Armstrong)
- The Maile Serenaders — "My Sweet Sweet"
- The Makaha Sons of Ni'Ihau — "Aloha Ka Manini"
- Manfred Mann — "Blinded by the Light"
- Bob Marley & The Wailers — "Could You Be Loved" and "Is This Love"
- Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney — "Another Day"
- No Doubt — "Underneath It All"
- O-Shen — "Throw Away The Gun"
- Harve Presnell — "They Call the Wind Mariah"
- Leon Redbone & Ringo Starr — "My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua, Hawaii"
- Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider — "Ula's Luau Song"
- Snoop Dogg — "From tha Chuuuch to da Palace"
- 311 — "Amber" and "Rub A Dub"
- Toots & the Maytals — "Pressure Drop"
- The Ventures — "Hawaii Five-O"
- Fuddy Meers
- The Vow
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- Andrew Levy (11 June 2010). "Two car crashes leave Michelle Philpots 24 hour memory". Daily Mail. class="Z3988" title="ctx_ver=Z39.88-2004&rft_val_fmt=info%3Aofi%2Ffmt%3Akev%3Amtx%3Abook&rft.genre=bookitem&rft.btitle=Two+car+crashes+leave+Michelle+Philpots+24+hour+memory&rft.atitle=&rft.aulast=Andrew+Levy&rft.au=Andrew+Levy&rft.date=11+June+2010&rft.pub=Daily+Mail&rft_id=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailymail.co.uk%2Fhealth%2Farticle-1285535%2FTwo-car-crashes-leave-Michelle-Philpots-24-hour-memory.html&rfr_id=info:sid/en.wikipedia.org:50_First_Dates">
- 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. //www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=2914200.
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