Adam Sandler has a new movie . . . and it has a plot!
A departure of sorts from his classic low-brow efforts, The Wedding
Singer contains the substance of a decent romantic comedy without
losing Sandler's absurd humor in the process.
In this sappy tale of love and marriage in suburbia, Sandler plays the
kindhearted wedding singer, Robbie Hart, who warms crowds with his tender
nature and superb ability to keep guests on the dance floor. But for all
his random acts of kindness, Robbie's fiancee only leaves him standing at
the altar. Needless to say, Robbie is ticked and determined to say goodbye
And then there was Drew. When Robbie is at his absolute lowest, his
adorable co-worker Julia, played by the always adorable Drew Barrymore,
comes to his aide and the two become fast friends. As the film progresses,
Robbie obviously falls for Julia, who is, obviously, already engaged to
another man, who is, obviously, a first-class prick. The rest of the story
is also by the book and you needn't strain your thoughts too hard to guess
Well, there's the plot (I never said it was original!). But despite the
hashed and rehashed and corned beef hashed storyline, the majority of
The Wedding Singer is far from stale. Set in 1985, the film thrives off
of '80s nostalgia, contemporary wit and musical allusions to the material
Music is perhaps the film's main emphasis. The film is centered on the fact
that Sandler plays a wedding singer and the film's writers used this to set
up most of the movie's funniest moments.
The Wedding Singer also takes advantage of a fabulous soundtrack
that continuously conjures up memories from the years of countless one-hit
wonders. The film actually forces the viewer to remember bands like Falco,
Kajagoogoo and Flying Lizards. The Wedding Singer also relies
heavily on repeated gags at the expense of Michael Jackson and Boy
Furthermore, this movie's broad base of cameo appearances revolve around
the music industry as well. Jon Lovitz and Steve Buscemi both take the
stage as highly laughable wedding singers and the brilliant author of the
'80s greatest wedding song, Billy Idol, appears in the nick of time to help
Adam Sandler save the day.
All told, The Wedding Singer is indubitably a better film than
Sandler's past efforts. More than a random collection of hit-or-miss
bathroom humor, the laughs in this film are won on creativity and Sandler's
relaxed delivery. Nonetheless, obsessed members of Sandler's cult following
Unlike Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore, this film's main
character is not a complete imbecile. Sandler actually resembles a novice
thespian at times and he manages to restrain himself from having
delusionary visions of imaginary penguins, alligator specters or midget
cowboys riding tricycles. Fewer glimpses of brilliant immaturity grace
The Wedding Singer.
Sandler has no line as cool as, "You ain't cool unless you pees your
pants", or "You eat pieces of shit for breakfast?" Still, the world must go
on without such eloquence.
But fans of Sandler's previous films will be happy to know that there's a
new grandma in The Wedding Singer. Ellen Dow plays Robbie's spunky
grandmother, who flawlessly executes the opening rhymes in the classic
hip-hop theme, "Rapper's Delight." And in the spirit of Happy
Gilmore, she's old, she's too old!
Also adding recollection to the cast is Christine Taylor, who is best known
for her portrayal of Marcia Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie. Playing
a less wholesome character in The Wedding Singer, Taylor attempts to
lure Sandler into her bedroom chambers with this sly seduction: "If you
come upstairs with me, you'll get laid."
The Wedding Singer is a sure thing. The film is simple, funny and
romantic, and it doesn't pretend to be making a last minute run at the
Oscars. However, this is also the quintessential date movie, and if you're
lucky, you'll be watching it with someone as adorable as Drew
Wedding Singer blends '80s, wit, music
Published: Wed Feb 11, 1998 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:26 p.m.