Viewed – 19 July 2014 DVD
If someone hadn’t borrowed me this, I wouldn’t have ever watched it. I don’t really go for romantic movies, and have never been that bothered about popular comedy star Adam Sandler. However I must admit to being pleased that I did! Sandler plays Henry, a womanizing guy who works at a sea-life centre, and has a fear of commitment. One day he meets Lucy (Drew Barrymore) and for the first time he finds himself really falling for her innocent charm and beauty. Yet the following day, when he goes to talk to her again, she has no recollection of him. You see, Lucy has short-term memory loss and only remembers him for one day – the next, he’s a stranger, and he has to woo her all over again.
This is a great idea for a romantic comedy and also quite a touching tale of wanting to be with someone but unable to truly be together from her point of view. It’s sort of sad too, certainly giving my emotions a run for their money surprisingly. Comedy is laid on fairly thick (Sean Astin’s lisp…) by supporting characters (including an annoying Rob Schneider), and at times it gets a bit silly and crude (walrus vomit anyone?), but this adds some flavour to what otherwise would have been a little too sugar-coated. Barrymore & Sandler are very good and believable in a tricky situation, and it was also great to see Dan Aykroyd in an extended cameo.
A very charming, feel good and thought-provoking experience that was much better than I initially expected.
Verdict: 4 /5
It’s one of the few Sandler films I can stomach. I was snookered by the charm of it and the Hawaiian setting sure helped the story….
I’ll admit it made me wonder what some of his other movies might be like. I’m a bit of a sucker for Drew Barrymore too, so this was a win win. Thanks for your comment!
This was an unexpected surprise for me. I actually ended up with a tear in my eye at the end.