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Time Out says

Sandler plays Henry Roth, a wacky-but-caring vet at the local sealife park, who enjoys a country-wide reputation as a Don Juan, until his nemesis arrives in the form of cheerful amnesiac Lucy (Barrymore), who's stuck in her own private October 13. What follows is a blatant rip-off from Groundhog Day as the smitten Roth is forced to woo his love afresh each day, at the same time winning over her suspicious fisherman father and steroid-crazy brother. Quite what age group this soft-centred entertainment is aimed at is hard to divine. The sight gags, slapstick and walrus vomit jokes presumably aim for the undemanding young, whereas the foul-mouthed senior citizen and the stereotyped Hawaiian beefcake at the Hukilau beach bar provide cheap shots for adolescents. How either of those demographics will stomach the sickly sentimentalism of the romance is anyone's guess.

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