A Psychological Review of “50 First Dates”

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The 2004 romantic comedy "50 First Dates" was a spin on the "Groundhog Day" notion of a day that keeps repeating itself. However, in this movie, the recycling takes place entirely inside the mind of Lucy Whitmore played by Drew Barrymore. Barrymore plays a young woman who was in an accident that caused short-term memory loss. Every night while she sleeps, the slate of her memory is wiped clean, and when she wakes up in the morning, she remembers everything that happened up to the moment of the accident, but nothing that happened afterward. In this movie, movie goers get to see a warmer side of Sandler. He reveals the warm side of his personality, and leaves behind the anger and gross-out humor of his past movies. Sandler plays Henry Roth, a marine biologist at a Hawaiian sea world, healing walruses, sea lions and dolphins and moonlighting as an expert in one-night stands.

He romances women who are in Hawaii on vacation, and then forgets them when they go home. One must imagine then, his amazement when he meets Lucy and finds that she forgets him every night. Lucy is surrounded by a great deal of support and love throughout her dilemma. Lucy can always rely on the support of her loving father and the staff at the local diner. Lucy?s close friends and family are suspicious of the motives of this guy who says he's so much in love with her that he's willing to start over with her every morning. Lucy gets a briefing every morning on what she has missed, and makes daily notes in a journal about her strange romance with Henry. Eventually this leads her to conclude that it's unfair to Henry to have to endure her daily memory losses, and she says she...