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50 first dates

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.

Director:
Peter Segal
Writer:
George Wing
Stars:
Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore and Rob Schneider
Henry Roth is a veterinarian living in Hawaii who enjoys the company of vacationing
women. He leaves the playboy life behind after he falls for Lucy, who suffers from
short-term memory loss. Since she can never remember meeting him, Henry has to
romance Lucy every single day and hope that she falls for him. Written by IMDb
Editors
Henry Roth lives in a Hawaiian paradise with the company of endless women with no
strings attached. This is until he meets Lucy Whitmore. Both Henry and Lucy enjoy
the company of each other and feel the start of a serious relationship occurring.
Approaching Lucy the next day, Henry is confused when Lucy fails to recognize him.
This is the moment Henry discovers that Lucy actually suffers from short term
memory loss and can't remember each individual day. Henry won't let this stop him
and is prepared to make her fall in love with him all over again, each and every
day. Written by FilmFanUk

Cast
Cast overview, first billed only:

Adam Sandler ... Henry Roth

Drew Barrymore ... Lucy Whitmore

Rob Schneider ... Ula

Sean Astin ... Doug Whitmore

Lusia Strus ... Alexa

Dan Aykroyd ... Dr. Keats


Amy Hill ... Sue

Allen Covert ... Ten Second Tom

Blake Clark ... Marlin Whitmore

Maya Rudolph ... Stacy

Pomaika'i Brown ... Nick (as Nephi Pomaikai Brown)

Joe Nakashima ... Old Hawaiian Man

Peter Dante ... Security Guard

Dom Magwili ... Security Guard

Jonathan Loughran ... Jennifer

Full cast and crew »


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Storyline
Henry Roth lives in a Hawaiian paradise with the company of endless women with no
strings attached. This is until he meets Lucy Whitmore. Both Henry and Lucy enjoy
the company of each other and feel the start of a serious relationship occurring.
Approaching Lucy the next day, Henry is confused when Lucy fails to recognize him.
This is the moment Henry discovers that Lucy actually suffers from short term
memory loss and can't remember each individual day. Henry won't let this stop him
and is prepared to make her fall in love with him all over again, each and every
day. Written by FilmFanUk

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The original script set the movie in Seattle, the hometown of scriptwriter George
Wing.
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Rob Schneider's character Ula was inspired by Siope Samuela Ula Lomu, a Tongan
concierge at a luxury rental property at which Schneider, Adam Sandler and Drew
Barrymore are regular visitors. Lomu has the same blinded, grayed-over left eye that
Schneider's Ula has, but there's not much resemblance beyond that. Says Lomu,
"They aren't like some other top Hollywood people. They're really normal."
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"Jocko" was played by Sivuqaq, one of four walruses living at Six Flags Marine World
in Vallejo, CA. The three female walruses featured in the film are named Siku, Uquq
and Qiluk.
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When Henry and Lucy are first at his place they see two dolphins that Henry names
after Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen.
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The book Lucy reads at breakfast, "Still Life With Woodpecker - A Sort Of A Love
Story" by Tom Robbins, is a love story set in Hawaii.
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The neurological condition that Lucy suffers from, Goldfield Syndrome, is entirely
fictional. True anterograde amnesia affects either short-term memory, which can last
minutes or seconds, or intermediate-term memory, which can last days or weeks.
Falling asleep has nothing to do with the condition, and sleep actually intensifies
many chemical effects which help memory.
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In an early scene a dentist and a woman in the dentist's chair are seen talking with
each other. The woman playing the dentist is Jackie Sandler, Adam Sandler's wife.
And the woman in the chair is played by Linda Segal, director Peter Segal's wife, who
actually is a dentist in real life.
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Originally entitled "50 First Kisses" but changed to avoid confusion with Drew
Barrymore's vehicle Never Been Kissed.
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This movie spoils the ending of The Sixth Sense
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Actor/Producer Anthony Begonia was set to play a cameo as an ukulele player but
was unavailable.
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The diner where Lucy has her breakfast every morning was originally a house that
was remodeled for the movie. It is located on a macadamia nut farm on the eastern
side of Oahu. The same house was used in Tears of the Sun and scenes from Jurassic
Park were filmed in the open fields nearby.
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Both Henry and Doug had relationship issues with a girl named "Tracy", Henry during
college and Doug in high school.
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Henry makes a video for Lucy to remind her of the events that have occurred since
her accident. One of the items is "Red Sox win the World Series..." followed by "...
Just Kidding". During the year of the film's release, the Red Sox actually broke an
86-year drought and won the World Series. Drew Barrymore made the movie Fever
Pitch about an avid Red Sox fan and they filmed the final scene on the Busch
Stadium field while the Red Sox celebrated winning the 2004 World Series.
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The clinic that Lucy visits is called the "Callahan Institute" and Dr. Keats (Dan
Aykroyd) states that it is "funded out of Sandusky, Ohio by T.B. Callahan, the
automotive components tycoon". In Tommy Boy, Aykroyd plays a rival automotive
components tycoon that is attempting to purchase Tom (T.B.) Callahan's company.
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50 First Dates

Theatrical poster
Directed by Peter Segal

 Jack Giarraputo

Produced by  Steve Golin

 Nancy Juvonen
Written by George Wing

 Adam Sandler

 Drew Barrymore

 Rob Schneider

Starring  Sean Astin

 Lusia Strus

 Blake Clark

 Dan Aykroyd
Music by Teddy Castellucci
Cinematography Jack N. Green
Editing by Jeff Gourson
Happy Madison
Studio
Flower Films
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) February 13, 2004
Running time 99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
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 Sandleras a woman-chasing veterinarian and Drew
Barrymore as an amnesiac, along with Rob Schneider, Sean Astin, Lusia Strus, Blake Clark,
andDan 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 is similar to short term
memory loss and Anterograde amnesia.

Contents

1 Plot

2 Cast

3 Production
o 3.1 Locations

4 Critical reception

5 Fictional medical condition

6 Soundtrack
o 6.1 Other songs in the film

7 See also

8 References

9 External links

[edit]Plot
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,
and Marlin.

[edit]Cast
 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

[edit]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]

[edit]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.

[edit]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]

[edit]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
atCambridge 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]

[edit]Soundtrack
50 First Dates: Love Songs From The Original
Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released February 3, 2004
Genre Ska, reggae, new wave
Length 49:37
Label Maverick

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. Title Writer(s) Artist Length
1. "Hold Me Now" (Thompson Tom Bailey, Alannah
Twins) Wayne Wonder 4:12
Currie, Joe Leeway
2. "Lovesong" (The Cure) Robert Smith, Simon
Gallup, Porl
311 3:28
Thompson, Boris
Williams, Roger O'Donnell
3. "Lips Like Sugar" (Echo & the Will Sergeant, Ian Seal featuring Mikey
Bunnymen) 5:00
McCulloch, Les Pattinson Dread
4. "Your Love (L.O.V.E. Reggae Wyclef
John Spinks 4:13
Mix)" (The Outfield) Jean featuringEve
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) Elan Atias
Ferry (backing vocals 3:55
byGwen Stefani)
8. "Every Breath You Take" (The Sting UB40 3:55
Police)
9. "The Ghost in You" (The Mark
Psychedelic Furs) Richard Butler, Tim Butler 3:01
McGrath of Sugar Ray
10. "Friday I'm in Love" (The Cure) Smith, Gallup, Thompson, Dryden Mitchell
3:21
Williams,Perry Bamonte of Alien Ant Farm
11. "Breakfast in Bed" (Dusty
Springfield, Nicole Kea (Nicole
Eddie Hinton, Donnie Fritts 3:36
1969/UB40 featuringChrissie Hynde, Scherzinger)
1988)
12. "I Melt With You" (Modern Robbie Grey, Gary Jason Mraz 3:36
English) McDowell, Stephen Walker,
Michael Conroy, Richard
Brown
13. "Forgetful Lucy" Sandler, Allen Covert,Tim
Adam Sandler 1:51
Herlihy
Total length: 49:37
[edit]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"

SYNOPSIS:
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore star together for the first time since The Wedding Singer in one
of the funniest romantic comedies in years. Henry (Sandler) lives an enviable life in a Hawaiian
paradise, spending every night with a beautiful tourist in search of an island fling. It's a sweet life
with no strings attached...until he meets Lucy (Barrymore). He and Lucy hit it off from the get-go,
but the next day she acts like she doesn't know him. Has his karma come around to kick him in the
butt or what? Actually, Lucy has short-term memory loss so every night all memory of her day is
erased. But a man in love will go to any lengths to win over the girl of his dreams, and if that
means having to find imaginative ways of doing it over again every day, then Henry's up for the
challenge. Rob Schneider (Big Daddy) and Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) co-star in 50
First Dates, which will win you over every time you watch it!

Cast
 Adam Sandler - Henry Roth
 Drew Barrymore - Lucy Whitmore
 Rob Schneider - Ula
 Sean Astin - Doug Whitmore
 Lusia Strus - Alexa
 Dan Aykroyd - Dr. Keats
 Amy Hill - Sue
 Allen Covert - Ten Second Tom
 Blake Clark - Marlin Whitmore
 Maya Rudolph - Stacy
 Pomaika'i Brown - Nick
 Joe Nakashima - Old Hawaiian Man

50 First Dates

50 First Dates is a 2004 comedy film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore about a man afraid
of commitment, until he meets the girl of his dreams. But then he discovers she has short-term
memory loss and forgets him every day.

Directed by Peter Segal and written by George Wing.

The plot summary for 50 First Dates, taken from Wikipedia, is as follows:
One morning, Henry (Sandler) meets Lucy Whitmore (Barrymore), a local art teacher, in a café.
They hit it off and agree to meet the next day, but when Henry returns, Lucy has no memory of
him or their previous meeting. Pulling him aside to where Lucy can't hear them, the café owner
explains to Henry that, as a result of a car accident a year earlier, Lucy suffers from Goldfield
Syndrome, a fictional form of anterograde amnesia in which each day's events disappear from
her memory overnight.

but upon awakening the next morning, she had no memory for the previous day and believed
that the accident had just occurred. Every morning since has been similar. She awakens with
anxiety, believes it to be the day of the accident, and states that she has no memory for
anything that has occurred since the accident.
The Unique Case of “50 First Dates” Amnesia

Scene from 50 First Dates with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler.

50 First Dates maintains a venerable movie tradition of portraying an amnesiac syndrome that
bears no relation to any known neurological or psychiatric condition (Baxendale, 2004).

Re-teaming Adam_Sandler with Drew_Barrymore, his co-star fromThe_Wedding_Singer, as


well as Peter_Segal, his director onAnger_Management, Fifty First Dates finds the funnyman
playing veterinarian Henry Roth. More than content with a life of one-night-stands, Henry
decides to give up his noncommittal lifestyle when he meets and falls for Lucy (Barrymore).
However, when he discovers that Lucy has no short term memory, Henry finds himself having
to win her heart again with every new day.

The vast majority of today’s romantic comedies tend to be instantly forgettable. So


it’s perhaps a little ironic that ’50 First Dates’, a rom-com set around the logistical
problems of short-term memory loss, turns out to be one of the few that might just
stick in your head for more than the standard couple of days.

In a nice piece of casting, it reunites Adam Sandler with Drew Barrymore, the pair
having first made a surprisingly likable couple in the 80s-tastic chortler ‘The Wedding
Singer’. There’s a charming, underplayed chemistry between the two, and it proves
to be just as much of a winner this time round.

The movie’s second success is the story itself. Henry (Sandler) is a Hawaii-based
marine biologist with big commitment problems, until he bumps into Barrymore’s
waffle-sculpting Lucy in a local diner. The pair hit it off and arrange to meet the next
day, but there’s a mucho problemo: as a result of a car accident suffered a year ago,
she can’t remember a thing from one day to the next – including any lunch dates she
might happen to have made.

Despite the misleading title, there’s more to this than simply watching Sandler’s
repeated first-time wooing of his newfound love, and it’s actually got a pretty decent
plotline to carry us through. Of course it’s heavily-influenced by the likes of
‘Memento’ and ‘Groundhog Day’, but it has a humour, charm and goal of its own to
prevent it from straying into rip-off territory.
If it has any real fault, it’s that it’s not particularly funny. Sandler leaves out his
trademark yelling and, though his distinctive sense of humour is still on show, it’s
very much a mellowed down version we get to see here. It’s not that that’s a bad
thing (it’s actually a bit of a relief not to have to reach for the Aspirin tablets
afterwards) – it’s just that there seems to be little else here to replace his usual noisy
gross-out shtick with.

It's Got: A vomiting walrus.

It Needs: To include a scene where the ever-nauseating Rob Schneider is involved in


some sort of horrendously painful accident.

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