8:00 PM, 23rd July, 2004
Adam Sandler plays Henry Roth, portrayed initially as a fairly shallow individual who apparently spends his time using various improbable deceptions to win over, then cut loose, a long series of women. Henry, a vet at a Hawaiian marine zoo of some sort, is quickly reformed when he meets and falls in love with Lucy (Barrymore) - the snag is, due to injuries sustained in a car accident Lucy can't form new long term memories. This means that every morning she wakes up having no memory of anything that's happened since the day of the accident - including, of course, Henry.
We follow Henry's heroic attempts to have a relationship with Lucy despite her condition (and her protective father and brother), and there's quite a sweet, sentimental tale here if you can ignore some of the crass cheap gags that are incongruously thrown in. I did quite enjoy this film, but by about halfway through I found myself wondering how it would be resolved; I was glad in the end that it didn't take the obvious cop-out, but ultimately I found it a little hard to believe, which did detract a little from the film for me. Perhaps I'm just an old cynic, though.
9:59 PM, 23rd July, 2004
Bob (Damon) and Walt (Kinnear) Tenor are conjoined twins, living a happy and full life in New England, with a successful business and a large community of friends. Bob has an Internet girlfriend and Walt is an accomplished actor; being conjoined enhances their lives. After another successful performance, Walt reveals his desire to pursue his Hollywood dreams, and Bob is reminded of their childhood vow not to hinder each other. So off they go, exploring the suddenly larger world of Los Angeles. Enlisting the services of a dodgy agent, Walt struggles through countless auditions and hurtful laughs until Cher hires Walt for her own devious purposes - instead of destroying her TV show, it becomes a smash hit, with Walt and Bob instant celebrities. Then the trouble begins...
The film is typically Farrelly, with a mix of crude humour, sight gags, and the occasional moment of 'heart'. Through adversity, we know the happy ending is coming, but the journey is amusing. Don't expect pathos, redemption or shattering revelation - but you will laugh, sometimes uncomfortably, confronted by your own prejudice. Also, Cher has lost her ability to act, with a face so full of Botox as to become a lifeless mask.