Reviewed by: Ryan McWhorter, M.D.
How can I deal with temptations? Answer
Should I save sex for marriage? Answer
How far is too far? What are the guidelines for dating relationships? Answer
What are the consequences of sexual immorality? Answer
Dan Aykroyd … Dr. Keats
|Director:||Peter Segal—Anger Management, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, My Fellow Americans|
|Producer:||Jack Giarruputo, Daniel Lupi, Jack Giarraputo, Steve Golin, Nancy Juvonen, Larry Kennar, Adam Sandler|
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Marine biologist Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) finds the perfect woman, Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore) and falls head over heals 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 everyday.”
This Valentine opener finds the womanizing Henry (Adam Sandler) trying to win the affection of the beautiful Lucy (Drew Barrymore). Henry is allured to a lasting relationship with Lucy who can no longer lay down short term memory after suffering a severe head injury. Henry, the supreme shallow flirt, finds a real challenge in sweet Lucy as each of their meetings is forgotten and he has to successfully earn her affection each and every day. He is ever resourceful and brings fresh pickup lines to each encounter, bringing laughs with each one.
The real challenge comes when he truly falls in love with her and begins to actually look for a lasting, meaningful relationship. The obvious difficulty is developing such a relationship when each day must start over from scratch. Despite his one-night-stand skills which have served him well in meeting travelers to his state of Hawaii, Henry must first win over her family and ultimately make a lasting impression on Lucy.
This movie offers a twist from the typical Hollywood romance where couples are usually in bed barely after a date or two, Henry, because of the newness of each day, is actually unsuccessful in getting Lucy to sleep with him. In fact, as his real love for her grows his lust for her diminishes. There is one mostly-clothed bed scene but sex is not necessarily implied even though they do spend the night together. There are many romantic first kisses however and they do help to show the sex-right-now group that more is not necessarily better. Even Henry seems to grasp this point which would have seemed impossible from early scenes where several women are describing their brief steamy affair with the elusive Henry.
Without question the movie’s biggest downfall is the repeated vulgar and homosexual comments that run from start to finish. As Henry and Lucy’s relationship grow these themes do diminish, but unfortunately they never truly stop.
There are many profanities and fraternity-like references to women, body parts, functions, etc. Amazingly, they are completely unnecessary to the development of what is an otherwise good romance story. Being highly offensive to Christian viewers and completely unnecessary to the enjoyment of any viewer it begs the question of why is that content in there.
Of course, laughs are enjoyed along the way, and it is easy to cheer the maturing Henry on towards the development of what may be his first real relationship, a relationship built on the intent to always love and not short-lasting physical attraction. It would be great for Henry to experience the indescribable joys of a meaningful relationship that God has designed. Although Hollywood gets closer on this one (because of the lack of sex scenes), they work too hard at homosexual content and mindless vulgarities to really recommend this one.