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Lucy Whitmore

How would you feel waking up every morning and not remembering what happened the day before? Some would find it scary. Not to Lucy Whitmore. To Lucy, it’s such a part of life that she accepts it as normal. Only, she doesn’t know it.

Drew Barrymore as Lucy Whitmore
Drew Barrymore as Lucy Whitmore

This week’s Women Who Wow Wednesday series features a girl with a problem remembering things. If you haven’t seen 50 First Dates, I’ll try not to spoil it for you. Then again, perhaps you’ll read this post and not remember anything by the time it’s all over.

The movie 50 First Dates is Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s second venture on the big screen. The first being The Wedding Singer where Barrymore plays Julia, a waitress who meets Sandler’s character at a wedding hall and soon become friends. In this film, Lucy (Drew Barrymore) forgets. I won’t reveal how or why, but she can’t remember from one day to the next what she did, and everyone around her feels the burden, including Henry Roth (Adam Sandler).

An interesting tidbit about the movie is it reveals the twist ending to the film The Sixth Sense. I’ll tell you, I laughed the first time watching Lucy blurt out the details, because if you hadn’t watched The Sixth Sense, it would have been the biggest spoiler ever. At the time, I’m sure I could’ve heard the Hollywood executives curse up and down Beverly Hills for Sandler’s reckless inclusion of the horror flick’s most guarded secret.

And if you haven’t watched The Sixth Sense, then consider this your warning. You’re welcome.


Getting back to Lucy, her lack of remembering serves to protect her from bad memories, but also proves to make annual gatherings, such as birthdays, repetitive for everyone else except Lucy. She manages to make her daily routine always something fascinating to watch, especially after Henry comes into her life.

Despite her situation, Lucy manages to brighten a room with her smile and her paintings. An avid artist, Lucy paints a work of art every day and makes it her homage to her father, who patiently keeps her from getting hurt from external influences.

Lucy also sings whenever she is happy. She sings The Beach Boys, and she brings joy to everyone around her. If anything is true about Lucy, she’s a fresh burst of happiness and shows that happiness any way she knows how.

If you really enjoy characters who have a zeal for life, Lucy is it. Every time I watch this movie, she never ceases to put a smile on my face. I’m hoping she will do the same for you.


If you’ve seen 50 First Dates, what did you think of it? What did you think of Lucy?


Jack Flacco is an author and the founder of Looking to God Ministries, an organization dedicated to spreading the Word of God through outreach programs, literature and preaching.

17 thoughts on “Lucy Whitmore

  1. She’s awesome! (I just bopped over here from “Jo Harding”, who is also very cool. Thanks for recognizing different strengths in each of the Wow Wednesday features.

  2. Does it count if I have “Somewhere over the rainbow/wonderful world” as a constant in my playlist? This is another of those movies I always mean to watch, but just haven’t. You have to stop suggesting great movies, Jack – my list of “to watch” is beginning to rival my netflix queue.

  3. Great one! I’ve seen it and even have the DVD. Although I felt pity at first and then realized that this character has something we don’t think about; A fresh start. Each and every day is a wonder!
    No spoilers here for the “The Sixth Sense”. But brillent way to inject time frame a in the movie that was current then and love the ending.

  4. Another one I meant to watch! And I’d love to hear about the Sixth Sense ending. That was a clever movie.

  5. I saw the movie and truthfully did not care for Adam Sandler. He mugs his way through each film. I dig the old actors. I liked Bogart and thought his presence on the screen was quite good. Sandler plays the joke, and that appears to me as non acting.

    1. The only Adam Sandler movie that I’ve ever really liked is ” Anger Management ” followed by ” Click “, or whatever the movie about the guy with the universal remote control was called. The guy is a comedian, but not an ” actor “.
      Loved Drew Barrymore as the kid in ” Firestarter “, ” Gertie ” in ” E.T. “, & ” Lucy ” in “50 First Dates “, but haven’t seen her in much else.

  6. Thank you for reminding me how much I love this film and Lucy. She really makes the movie shine. I think she was terrific and loved the innocence she had about her. You can see the love that she instilled in those around her with how they recreate the same day over and over again for her.

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