– Directed by: Peter Segal
– Produced by: Jack Giarraputo, Steve Golin, Nancy Juvonen
– Written by: George Wing
– Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider, Sean Astin, Lusia Strus, Blake Clark, Dan Aykroyd
– Music by: Teddy Castellucci
– Cinematography: Jack N. Green
– Editing by: Jeff Gourson
– Studio: Happy Madison, Flower Films
– Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
– Release date(s): February 13, 2004
– Running time: 99 minutes
– Country: United States
– Language: English
– Budget: $75 million
– Gross revenue: $196,482,882

50 First Dates is a 2004 American romantic comedy film directed by Peter Segal and written by George Wing. It stars Adam Sandler as a woman-chasing veterinarian and Drew Barrymore as an amnesiac, along with Rob Schneider, Sean Astin, Lusia Strus, Blake Clark, and Dan Aykroyd.
Most of the film was shot on location in Oahu, Hawaii on the Windward side & the North Shore. Sandler and Barrymore won an MTV award for their warm on-screen chemistry. This is the second of their two films to date as costars, the first being The Wedding Singer.
The fictitious memory impairment suffered by Barrymore’s character is similar to Alzheimer’s disease and Anterograde amnesia.


Henry Roth (Sandler) is a womanizing marine-life veterinarian who cares for animals in an aquatic amusement park in Hawaii. The film begins with a review of Henry’s sexual conquests and scenes of him at work with his assistants Ula (Schneider) and Alexa (Strus).
One morning, Henry meets Lucy Whitmore (Barrymore), a local art teacher, in a café. They hit it off and agree to meet the next day, but when Henry returns, Lucy has no memory of him or their previous meeting. Pulling him aside to where Lucy can’t hear them, the café owner explains to Henry that, as a result of a car accident a year earlier, Lucy suffers from Goldfield Syndrome, a fictional form of anterograde amnesia in which each day’s events disappear from her memory overnight. She innocently believes every day to be the birthday of her father, Marlin (Clark), which happens to be the day of the accident. In order to shield her from the pain of repeatedly learning about the accident, Marlin and Lucy’s brother, Doug (Astin), re-enact the activities of Marlin’s birthday every day.

Realizing that he is falling in love with Lucy, Henry sheds his philandering ways and devises new ways to ‘meet’ her again every day, hoping that one day she will retain her memories—and feelings—for him. He eventually convinces Marlin that hiding the truth from Lucy is worse than explaining it to her each day, so they begin to leave video tapes for her to watch each morning, explaining her situation and her relationship with Henry. Lucy also writes notes to herself in a diary. Over time, she begins to reciprocate Henry’s feelings, even accepting his marriage proposal.
One morning, Lucy hears that Henry has canceled his plans to sail to the Arctic on a research expedition, for which he had spent years preparing, in order to be with her. Not wanting to hold him back, she destroys all evidence of their relationship, insists that he leave her, and commits herself to a specialist unit in a hospital.
Now shut out of Lucy’s life, Henry prepares for his trip. Before he sets sail, Marlin gives him a Beach Boys CD containing the music that Lucy used to give Marlin for his fishing trips when she was a girl because it reminded him of his wife. More recently, Lucy would sing this music on days when she was with Henry. Shortly after departing, Henry realizes that the CD may be a hint from Marlin that Lucy does indeed remember him, so he rushes back to the hospital to see her. Upon seeing him again, Lucy explains that she still does not know who he is but she has been dreaming about him and remembers his face, as evidenced by the many paintings and drawings she has produced of him while in the hospital. Taking this to be proof of their love for each other, the couple reunite.
The last scene of the film is set several years later. Although she is unaware of it as she wakes up one morning in the cabin of Henry’s yacht, Lucy is married to Henry and sailing in the Arctic with him, his dream finally fulfilled. After tearfully watching scenes of her accident and her wedding to Henry on a video tape, she climbs onto the deck of the boat to be greeted by Henry, their young daughter, and Marlin.


Adam Sandler as Henry Roth, a marine veterinarian with a talent for wooing women and a fear of commitment
Drew Barrymore as Lucy Whitmore, a young Hawaiian art teacher with a memory disorder
Rob Schneider as Ula, Henry’s bumbling, marijuana-smoking, native Hawaiian assistant. Ula is unhappily married to an overweight native woman and has five young, athletically talented children.
Sean Astin as Doug Whitmore, Lucy’s brother, a lisping, steroid-dependent bodybuilder
Lusia Strus as Alexa, Henry’s ambiguously gendered assistant
Blake Clark as Marlin Whitmore, Lucy’s father, a professional fisherman
Dan Aykroyd as Dr. Keats, a physician specializing in brain disorders
Amy Hill as Sue, the Hukilau café manager and friend of Lucy and her late mother
Allen Covert as Ten-Second Tom, a hospital patient with severe memory impairment


The film was originally titled “50 First Kisses”, but this was changed to avoid confusion with Never Been Kissed, another film with Drew Barrymore.[1]

Most of the film was shot on location in Kaneohe, Kaʻaʻawa, Wahiawā, Makapuʻu, and Waimānalo, Oahu, as well as in Kāne’ohe Bay. To save money (because of the high cost of filming outside of the studio zone), some interior scenes (such as inside the Whitmore residence) were shot on sets in Los Angeles carefully decorated to look like they were in Hawaii.
The walrus tank is actually in Vallejo, California’s Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, and the golf course is in Los Angeles, California. Real-life sea lion trainer Michael Osborn appears in the film as himself. The boat “Sea Serpent” was a 51′ Formosa; a family owns it and lives aboard. The boat’s real name is Viking Spirit and it remains on Oahu.


The soundtrack contains cover versions of songs that were originally recorded in the 1980s. This includes mostly reggae or ska covers, due to their emphasized upbeat that gives a tropical or Hawaiian feel. It was a moderate commercial hit, reaching #30 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Top Soundtracks chart and Top Reggae Albums chart in the United States.
1. Wayne Wonder — “Hold Me Now” (Originally recorded by the Thompson Twins) – 4:12
2. 311 — “Lovesong” (Originally written and recorded by The Cure) – 3:28
3. Seal featuring Mikey Dread — “Lips Like Sugar” (Originally recorded by Echo & the Bunnymen) – 5:00
4. Wyclef Jean featuring Eve — “Your Love” (Originally recorded by The Outfield) – 4:13
5. Ziggy Marley — “Drive” (Originally recorded by The Cars) – 4:26
6. & Fergie — “True” (Originally recorded by Spandau Ballet) – 4:24
7. Elan Atias (backing vocals by Gwen Stefani) — “Slave to Love” (Originally recorded by Bryan Ferry) – 3:55
8. UB40 — “Every Breath You Take”(Originally recorded by The Police) – 3:55
9. Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray — “The Ghost in You” (Originally recorded by the Psychedelic Furs) – 3:01
10. Dryden Mitchell — “Friday I’m in Love” (Originally recorded by The Cure) – 3:21
11. Nicole Kea (Nicole Scherzinger) — “Breakfast in Bed” (Originally recorded by Dusty Springfield/UB40) – 3:36
12. Jason Mraz — “I Melt With You” (Originally recorded by Modern English) – 3:36
13. Adam Sandler — “Forgetful Lucy” – 1:51

Songs in the film

1. The Maile Serenaders — “My Sweet Sweet”
2. Nicole Kea — “Breakfast in Bed” (Originally recorded by Chrissie Hynde/UB40)
3. The Ventures — “Hawaii Five-O”
4. Harve Presnell — “They Call the Wind Mariah”
5. Bob Marley & The Wailers — “Could You Be Loved”
6. Manfred Mann — “Blinded by the Light”
7. Toots & the Maytals — “Pressure Drop”
8. Wayne Wonder — “Hold Me Now” (Originally recorded by the Thompson Twins)
9. 311 — “Rub A Dub”
10. O-Shen — “Throw Away The Gun”
11. Elan Atias (backing vocals by Gwen Stefani) — “Slave To Love” (Originally recorded by Bryan Ferry)
12. Leon Redbone & Ringo Starr — “My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua, Hawaii”
13. The Flaming Lips — “Do You Realize??”
14. Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney — “Another Day”
15. 311 — “Amber”
16. No Doubt — “Underneath It All”
17. Jason Mraz — “I Melt with You” (Originally recorded by Modern English)
18. The English Beat — “Hands Off She’s Mine”
19. Seal (featuring Mikey Dread) — “Lips Like Sugar” (Originally recorded by Echo & the Bunnymen)
20. Dryden Mitchell — “Friday I’m in Love” (Originally recorded by The Cure)
21. The Beach Boys — “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”
22. Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider — “Ula’s Luau Song”
23. Wyclef Jean (featuring Eve) — “Your Love (L.O.V.E. Reggae Mix)” (Originally recorded by The Outfield)
24. Wyclef Jean — “Baby”
25. Adam Sandler — “Forgetful Lucy”
26. Ziggy Marley — “Drive” (Originally recorded by The Cars)
27. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole — “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”/ “What a Wonderful World” medley (Originally recorded by Judy Garland/ Louis Armstrong)
28. UB40 — “Every Breath You Take” (Originally recorded by Sting and The Police)
29. 311 — “Love Song” (Originally recorded by The Cure)
30. Mark McGrath (of Sugar Ray) — “The Ghost in You” (Originally recorded by the Psychedelic Furs)
31. Bob Marley & the Wailers — “Is This Love”
32. Will.I.Am & Fergie Ferg — “True” (Originally recorded by Spandau Ballet)
33. The Makaha Sons of Ni’Ihau — “Aloha Ka Manini”
34. Snoop Dogg — “From tha Chuuuch to da Palace”
35. The Cure — “Boys Don’t Cry”