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50 First Dates (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 13 February 2004 (USA)
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.

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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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Imagine having to win over the girl of your dreams... every friggin' day! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 on appeal for crude sexual humor and drug references | See all certifications »

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13 February 2004 (USA)  »

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Fifty First Dates  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,107,871, 16 February 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$120,908,074

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$196,485,100
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Trivia

When Henry and Lucy are first at his place they see two dolphins that Henry names after Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen. See more »

Goofs

When Alexa and Doug are waving goodbye to Henry at the boat dock, Alexa is wearing her watch on her right wrist; a moment later as she grabs Doug's behind the watch is on her left wrist. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Woman: So tell me. How was Hawaii?
Tan Friend: It was unbelievable.
Young Woman: Oh yeah? What happened?
Tan Friend: I met this guy.
Red Head: [on the phone] It was the best week of my life.
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Crazy Credits

They have all the pages in Lucy's journal in the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The King of Queens: Mild Bunch (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Could You Be Loved
Written by Bob Marley
Performed by Bob Marley & The Wailers
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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I Enjoyed it.
28 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is quite simply a very enjoyable film. It's not, perhaps, a great film, but it is fun and it left me feeling pleasantly content. Basically this is a romantic comedy about a man (Henry) and a woman (Lucy) who meet and fall in love, there is just one problem: Lucy won't remember, tomorrow.

It is easy to pick holes in films and yes there are things wrong with this film:-

  • The first 5 to 10 minutes do seem a little out of place: I understand the need to set the scene, but couldn't help feeling that the pace and characterisations didn't quite fit with what was to come.


  • Some of the characters take away from the story: Doug (Sean Astin) is a little over done and comes across as more damaged than his sister. Perhaps the worst, though, is Henry's female (?) assistant: this character was a mistake and did not belong in the film.


In the end, these flaws don't matter: the film is enjoyable and that is what counts.

The plot, even if somewhat contrived, is clever and in the context of the film believable: there is a good beginning, middle and surprisingly satisfying end. Some of the difficult aspects of the film are not ignored but properly dealt with. Clearly it is easy to read a sordid side into the idea of a man meeting a beautiful woman each day in the knowledge that she will forget everything and they can start again tomorrow. This is covered and Henry is asked some pointed questions; without giving anything away, his answers worked and leave us, the audience, able to enjoy the film, without any unpleasant nagging doubts or feelings of guilt.

Don't analyse or pick holes; just watch this film. Chances are very good that you will enjoy it. It is a fantasy a bit of escapism: a first rate piece of entertainment and hopefully it will leave you, as it did me, feeling pleasantly content.


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