Viewers really shouldn’t be spoiled on how this silly and heartfelt romance ends, but it’s proof that the veteran comedian and highly paid actor — who’s work is often divisive — does some of his best performing outside of the jokey genre. While the film only earned a 46% critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes, audiences took it better, giving it a 65% fresh rating. And while reviewers may not have liked the film, the story of Lucy and Henry’s romance becomes even more touching when you consider that there was a real-life couple from the U.K. whose story — down to the inciting car crash that caused the condition — who managed to have a happy life together despite one partner hitting reset every single day (via Daily Mail).
While it might not be among one of Sandler’s best movies, it’s also certainly not his worst. Plus, Barrymore and Sandler’s 50 First Dates is clearly so beloved that the actors felt comfortable returning to their iconic roles for a semi-reboot and reunion on Barrymore’s new daytime talk show, The Drew Barrymore Show. Filmed virtually, the skit sees Barrymore’s Lucy watching a message from Sandler’s Henry, which offers an update for both her and fans about where the couple is now. The two-minute clip reveals what has happened over the last 16 years, including a daughter “who’s like 40-something” and a pandemic that has resulted in baseball games being played in front of cardboard people. There’s even a cameo from actor Allen Covert, who played Ten Second Tom, in the film.
The skit has a slew of funny bits, which are best viewed after watching 50 First Dates, which is now streaming on Netflix.