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The Wedding Singer (1998)

DVD Cover (New Line Studios Totally Awesome Edition)
Genres:
Comedy, Period Film, Romantic Comedy
Director:
Frank Coraci Frank Coraci
Starring:
Adam Sandler Adam Sandler
Drew Barrymore Drew Barrymore
Christine Taylor Christine Taylor
Allen Covert Allen Covert
Matthew Glave Matthew Glave

7.1 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Robbie, a local rock star turned wedding singer, is dumped on the day of his wedding. Meanwhile, waitress Julia finally sets a wedding date with her fiancée Glenn. When Julia and Robbie meet and hit it off, they find that things are more complicated than anybody thought. --TMDb
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Review by Griffinheart
Added: July 30, 2008
Nearly every romantic-comedy ever released has been described as "the perfect date movie", but most either focus too much on the romance or comedy side or are just too damn annoying (here's looking at you Serendipity). Nonetheless, the closest this genre is going to come to perfection was achieved in 1998 with "The Wedding Singer."

Robbie Hart, played by the then not as goofy Adam Sandler, is an excellent wedding singer: he keeps the crowd entertained, smooths over abysmal best-man speeches, and makes sure that even the kid who just found his drinking limit has a good time. Robbie's back-up singer George could use a little help...with wardrobe...make-up... learning more than one song...gender selection...but Robbie makes every wedding he plays at wonderful. Which makes it ever so ironic that his own wedding is ruined when his fiancee never shows up. This sends him into a depression and out of the wedding singing business. The only bright spot left in his life is his new friend Julia (Drew Barrymore), who desperately needs help planning her wedding. But, when Robbie finds out that the man Julia is going to marry is a lecherous hump, will he let sleeping (around) dogs lie or will he follow his heart?

Now onto the somewhat more technical description. The actors were selected very well for their parts. Adam Sandler is perfect as a depressed loser, and Drew Barrymore is plenty innocent enough to be the naive girlfriend. Other roles were well cast as well: Alexis Arquette as the androgynous George, the old drunk guy at the bar, and the limo driver Sammy played by Allen Covert.

Time out for one of my favorite movie quotes (no idea why I love, I just do):
Robbie - You hit two cones. Those could have been guests at their wedding!
Sammy - They were cones!

The pacing is just fast enough to be neither boring nor incomprehensible. The humor and romance also walk the perfect line without straying towards either extreme. But this brings me to a difficult point. I really want to give this movie a perfect score, but I just can't bring myself to. While this movie will forever be on my top 10 list, its greatness is almost too subtle to punch me in the gut and demand a 10/10. If someone told me that was the score they thought it deserved, I wouldn't argue, but, today, I'm declaring:

The Wedding Singer - 9/10.
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Tristan #1: Tristan - added 07/30/2008, 08:48 PM
"The best man, the better man."

This is my favourite Sandler movie, hands down. 10/10.
Nirrad #2: Nirrad - added 07/30/2008, 09:18 PM
Not my favourite, but still great.
Crispy #3: Crispy - added 07/30/2008, 09:53 PM
One of a very small handful of Sandler movies I like, but damn do I like it a lot.
Edd #4: Edd - added 07/31/2008, 09:33 AM
After this, Sandler started to go downhill. Not a Billy Madison or Happy Gilmore, but a great movie in it's own right.


"Little news flash, Pop. Harold ain't so perfect. Remember that time in Puerto Rico when we picked up those two, uh... well, I guess they were prostitutes, but I don't remember paying".
bluemeanie #5: bluemeanie - added 07/31/2008, 02:56 PM
Sorry. I hated this film. Adam Sandler's only semi-decent comedy was "Happy Gilmore" and he was the least humorous part of THAT film. "The Wedding Singer" is lame through and through with Sandler's same ridiculous schtick. 3/10.
Lucid Dreams #6: Lucid Dreams - added 11/22/2010, 03:33 AM
Come on meanie, open up to some Sandler. 7/10
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