Taking place in Hawaii; Adam Sandler plays a womanizing playboy that hits on female tourists, as he works at a Sea Park. One day, Sandler meets a beautiful woman played by Drew Barrymore, and the two hook up instantly. The next day, Sandler meets Barrymore again, but this time, she has no memory of meeting him at all. Sandler eventually finds out that Barrymore has suffered from short-term memory loss, from a car crash at her Father's Birthday, and can only remember her life before the accident. I must honestly say, when the film started, I felt like it was going to be absolute crap, and to be honest, the film for the majority is crap!
If there's one thing that the film did get right, it's the relationship between Sandler and Barrymore. When I first met these two characters, while knowing the film's concept, I thought their performances were going to be annoying, bland, and corny. Sandler started out being dull, unlikable, and even annoying at times; and Barrymore looked like she was going to be an obnoxious dimwitted character, where her short-term memory would be played out for comedy like Ellen DeGeneres as Dory in "Finding Nemo", only without it actually being funny. To my surprise though, that aspect is actually not done for comedy, it's actually treated for the most part seriously and emotionally. I actually did feel the pain, the confusion, and the emotions from Barrymore suffering from short-term memory loss; I did feel Sandler's determination of making his relationship with her work, as well making the character become likable; and their performances along with the writing for their struggling relationship doesn't feel half-assed or forced, well, with the exception of the unnecessary break up scene, that really felt hammered in. However, I still admire the writing of how Sandler tries to keep his relationship with her going, especially with the idea of making videos that tell her what has happened to her and what she's been doing since the accident; which, of course, sadly gets ruined by some forced humor, including a scene with a Native Hawaiian Rob Schneider dressing in drag. I also love the sequence and the idea that Barrymore's Family have to keep repeating her Father's birthday over and over, to protect her from the truth, which is both funny and tragic at the same time, and yes, we do get some occasional half-assed humor during this (for the most part) well written sequence.
While I do really admire the interesting and engaging relationship between Sandler and Barrymore, as well as having some occasional clever writing, the film is still sadly disappointing since the film's humor is for the majority based on forced and half-assed childish humor to get a cheap laugh, while having supporting characters who are annoying and forgettable, with Schneider being the film's Native Hawaiian Mr.Yunioshi from "Breakfast At Tiffany's". If the film was a drama, romantic comedy, that eliminated its forced over the top and cheap childlike comedy, as well as making their characters less annoying, and completely dropping Rob Schneider’s character, this film could be Sandler's masterpiece. However, since Sandler has to resort to his annoying gimmicks to attract and entertain audiences; we get a film that's trying to be Sandler's masterpiece, but sadly has a large amount of the things that make a Sandler film bad.