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14 Ways 'Remember Sunday' Ripped Off '50 First Dates'

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Apr 21, 2013 | 1:15pm EDT

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Last Friday while watching Happy Endings on ABC (which you all should be, too) I noticed a promo for a movie called Remember Sunday, which airs on Sunday, April 21, on ABC at 9 PM ET. It stars former Chuck star Zachary Levi as Gus, a man who can't make new memories who is falling in love with Molly, played by future Mrs. Pete Campbell, Alexis Bledel.

Hmmm. Now, where have I seen this before?

Ah yes! This is exactly the plot of 50 First Dates, the 2004 movie where Drew Barrymore plays Lucy, a woman who can't make new memories falling in love with Henry, played by Adam Sandler. What, did the producers of this movie think that we all went to bed and just forgot about this hit romantic comedy? Apparently. Here are 14 ways that Remembering Sunday has ripped off its amnesiac predecessor. Warning there are spoilers ahead!

Remember Sunday: Gus can't make new memories.
50 First Dates: Lucy can't make new memories.

Remember Sunday: Gus meets Molly at a diner.
50 First Dates: Lucy meets Henry at a diner.

Remember Sunday: Gus has a well-meaning sister played by an actor from a great sitcom (Merritt Wever from Nurse Jackie) to take care of him.
50 First Dates: Lucy has a well-meaning father played by an actor from a great sitcom (John Mahoney from Frasier) to take care of her.

Remember Sunday: Gus has a goofy best friend who is a meat head who needs to exercise more.
50 First Dates: Lucy has a goofy best friend who is a meat head who needs to exercise less.

Remember Sunday: Every morning Gus reads from a file so that he knows what happened to him and what will happen that day.
50 First Dates: Every morning Lucy watches a video so that she knows what happened to her and what will happen that day.

Remember Sunday: Gus' family members warn Molly to be kind to him because of his condition.
50 First Dates: Lucy's family warn Henry to be kind to her because of her condition.

Remember Sunday: Molly has a huge dream (her own flower shop) that she needs to get more money to complete. 
50 First Dates: Henry has a huge dream (sailing to Alaska) that he needs to get more money to complete.

Remember Sunday: Molly does embarrassing things that Gus doesn't remember and goes out with her anyway.
50 First Dates: Henry does embarrassing things that Lucy doesn't remember and goes out with him anyway.

Remember Sunday: Gus has a crazy job that only people in the movies have: an astrophysicist.
50 First Dates: Henry has a crazy job that only people in the movies have: a veterinarian/dolphin trainer.

Remember Sunday: Molly's annoying best friend tries to prevent her relationship with Gus.
50 First Dates: Henry's annoying best friend tries to...oh, who knows what the hell Rob Schneider is ever trying to do.

Remember Sunday: Eventually Gus says that he wants Molly to forget about him and move on with her life.
50 First Dates: Eventually Lucy says that she wants Henry to forget about her and move on with his life.

Remember Sunday: With all evidence of Molly erased, Gus moves on with his life, but is still somehow reminded of her.
50 First Dates: With all evidence of Henry erased, Lucy moves on with her life but is still somehow reminded of him.

Remember Sunday: A Go-Gos song is featured prominently.
50 First Dates: A Beach Boys song is featured prominently.

Remember Sunday: Gus and Molly meet again and start dating all over again.
50 First Dates: Lucy and Henry meet again and start dating all over again.

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