Saturday, March 03, 2007

Saturday Night at the Movies

Ooh, another Saturday night, another favourite movie.
Saturday Night at the Movies is my opportunity to chat about my favourite films. Fun, serious, noisy, violent, good or terrible - my tastes are most eclectic.

This is a film from this man.......

Yep, of course you all recognise Adam Sandler, one of the most prolific young film-makers today. I love most of his films; Wedding Singer, Waterboy, The Longest Yard, Spanglish and today's spotlighted film.

I love this film, because it is genuinely funny albeit terribly juvenile! I liked the Wedding Singer with the magical pairing of Sandler and Barrymore, but this film just has the edge. Admittedly, a rein should be put on Rob Schneider, but he is funny - if outrageous. Add to Sandler's natural off-beat humour the beautiful and incredibly funny Drew Barrymore (I adore this woman!!) and this was a winner of a film.

Love means never having to say, "Who the hell are you?" Marine biologist Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) finds the perfect woman, Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore) and falls head over heels for her. But when he sees her the following day, she hasn’t a clue as to who he is. Lucy suffers from a rare brain disorder that wipes her memory clean every night. Now, with the help of his friend Ula (Rob Schneider), he has to concoct new and increasingly clever ways to meet her and get her to fall for him every single day. 50 First Dates reunites the successful team of Sandler and Barrymore from The Wedding Singer. (DVD description)

The secret to this film? The one scene that reduces me to floods of tears and gales of laughter simultaneously - have you ever laughed and cried at the same time? You eventually run out of oxygen and it hurts!! But it's a good hurt, a real good hurt. This is the music this painful (literally!) scene is set to. I love this - it's the original video of the song. Put it on, turn up the volume and let rip!!



carli said...

Don't you love a good comedy that you can watch over and over again? Give me one of those over an Oscar-winner weeper anytime. My faves: Parenthood, Soapdish, and many others whose names escape my post-nap mind.

Spanglish, though. . . eck. If you want to see James L. Brooks at his best, see Broadcast News or, the movie I'm not allowed to watch because I cry too much--Terms of Endearment. Oh, and As Good As It Gets. Spanglish to me was just James L. Brooks thinking he was clever.

Fizzy said...

For some reason I am not a great Andam fan... I am not sure why.
Looking forward to more Criminal MInds though.... Mandy is Lovely who was the doctor character that he played? I can not remember right now.

b said...

I'm a big Adam Sandler fan, he grew up in a town North Weymouth MA) close to where I grew up & is only a couple of years older than I am, my ex-husband has 2 uncles who actually played hockey for my hometown highschool team against Sandler!
Here from Micheles.

Carmi said...

This is my wife's favorite movie for precisely the reasons you cite here: you can laugh and cry, all at the same time.

I know that Sandler is a bit of an acquired taste. But there's something about his work that speaks to me. If we look beyond the physical buffonery at the surface of his films, there's an underlying tenderness and warmth that just makes you want to see more.

To wit, Click. I loved that film because it touched on all the aspects of family life that we say we hold dear, but often ignore in the pursuit of whatever it is that we're pursuing.

Thanks, CQ, for the timely reminder.

Le laquet said...

I love 50 First Dates, can watch it again and again. Spanglish though ... left me cold.

Will Riker said...

I must admit, I'm not a Sandler fan, but do like Drew Barrymore.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

It's funny about Adam Sandler...I only really started to like him in SPANGLISH, a film I really loved, btw....ome of these other films just seemed so silly to me and I didn't "get" him at all on SNL....I am so glad you explained the story of this film because I've never seen it from beginning to's not a film you can come in on in the middle...! (LOL)
I love youyr Saturday Night At The Movies posts, a whole lot!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Woops! How did Will Riker answer it? Anyway, Michele sent me here.

MommyBa said...

I love 50 First Dates!!!!!!

and I also love Adam Sandler :)

Marcia said...

50 first dates is my husband's favorite movie, he watched it so many times I was almost concerned. . I love the movie, too, for the love story and because I love her as an actress. Our favorite song is the song Israel Kamakawiwo'ole sings that is not on the soundtrack.