50 First Dates is a love story about a sea animal trainer named Henry and a young woman name Lucy. Lucy suffers from anterograde amnesia due to a car accident that happened on October 13th. She is not able to form new memories so when she wakes up every day it is October 13th. Her dad and brother set up the same exact newspaper and put on the same film to spare her from finding out the truth about the car accident. There is a restaurant that she goes to every morning called Hukilau Cafe and the staff there also know about her condition and play along with it every single day. Henry, who shows up to the cafe, is immediately interested in Lucy and he has no idea she has a condition so when he said he’d meet her the next day, she did not remember him. Eventually her dad tells him the truth and that he should stay away from her because they don’t believe there’s anything he could do to help her.
As a couple days go by, the family notices some changes with Lucy and that she started singing a song of the day when she first met Henry. Her family allows him to date her thinking that maybe he really can change her and that there was progress with her dementia. He decides to spend every single day making her fall in love with him over and over again in hopes that maybe one day it’ll stick. At times he failed, but it never stopped him because he loved her so much. Lucy eventually finds out that it is not October 13th due to having a police officer give her parking tickets dated in the future. She comes home and is upset towards her family for not telling her. Eventually Henry suggests to her family that they should make a videotape explaining about her car accident and that she deserves to know the truth even if it meant that she received bad news every time she watched the film.
Time goes by and things start to get better as she is handling the news a bit better. It is a challenge for Henry to always come up with something new, but they know that she sings whenever she thinks of Henry, even if she doesn’t meet him. She ends up finding out that Henry is offered a trip to study sea animals and knows that Henry will give up his dream to be with her. She breaks up with him and tells him that she will erase him from her mind because she doesn’t want him to give up his dream. So he goes sailing thinking about their journey together. Henry remembers that she has fragment memories of him and he believes this is progress and so he comes back to tell her he loves her. She shows him art photos of him at the institution, even though she had no idea who he was, to him this was enough for him to stay.
He eventually makes a video tape of them explaining every morning about her car accident and the happy memories that they make after when they met so that she can remember every day. His perseverance to always help her remember, made their love so much stronger and allowed them to live that life where they get to experience their first date over and over again. It makes me believe that love always wins and that no matter what the conditions are, if you are in it, you can conquer it all.
You erased me from your memories because you thought you were holding me back from having a full and happy life. But you made a mistake. Being with you is the only way I could have a full and happy life. You’re the girl of my dreams… and apparently, I’m the man of yours.