A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that some of the male characters in this movie don't treat women with respect. They lie to get into bed with women, and talk badly about their wives. True to form, there are numerous sexual references along with some lewd language. But the leading bad- boy in the movie does an about-face by becoming a loving, devoted boyfriend to a woman with a disability.
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What's the story?
Lucy (Drew Barrymore) wakes up every morning with no memory of anything that happened since her brain was injured in a car crash 18 months before. Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) is an affable marine veterinarian at a Hawaiian aquarium who's had many, many short-term relationships with female tourists, which keep him safe from commitment. Then he meets Lucy, whose short-term memory impairment makes it impossible for her to make any kind of commitment. But he falls in love with her.
Is it any good?
Barrymore is as delicious as ever, and, as in The Wedding Singer, she and Sandler have an easy chemistry that showcases their offbeat appeal. But some viewers will find there is too little romance and too much gross-out humor. And some will be sorry about the waste of talented performers like Dan Aykroyd, as Lucy's doctor, and Sean Astin (Rudy) as Lucy's lisping, steroid-using brother.
And, yes, it's another Adam Sandler movie, which means that a sweet but very immature man will fall for a winsome young lady amidst many, many, many attempts to find humor in sexual orientation, the impact of steroid use on sexual function, the relative merits of different sexual partners, getting walloped on the head, getting walloped on the stomach, getting bit by a shark, various physical disabilities and impairments, and more references to penis size and sexual stamina than a mailbox full of spam.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the tape Henry makes for Lucy. If you had to make a similar tape of your family, what would you put on it?
When is it OK to laugh about a disability and when is it not? Were there any jokes that crossed the line? Can you think of movies that have crossed the line?
- In theaters: February 13, 2004
- On DVD or streaming: June 15, 2004
- Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider
- Director: Peter Segal
- Studio: Columbia Tristar
- Genre: Romance
- Run time: 96 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: crude sexual humor and drug references.
- Last updated: July 29, 2020
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