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The Wedding Singer - Totally Awesome Edition (1998)

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Comedy movie directed by Frank Coraci

You're better off having been born after, say, 1965, if you really want to enjoy this corny romantic comedy and its abundant references to the MTV culture of the mid-1980s--and even then the odds are only 50-50 that you'll have a shamelessly good time. … see full wiki

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Director: Frank Coraci
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Sandler Sings For His Supper

  • Mar 13, 2007
Rating:
+3
Adam Sandler's film career has had its ups and downs. From the easily forgotten "Billy Madison" to the well-intentioned but slightly miscued "Click," Sandler has played both straight man and buffoon to varying degrees of success. In "The Wedding Singer," Sandler manages to harness his inner goofball and pulls off a wonderful performance in what is probably his best film to date.

Sandler plays Robbie Hart, an aspiring songwriter who plays weddings for extra cash until his career takes off. He's nice to old ladies, lives in his sister's basement, and is the best wedding singer money can buy. At the opening of the film, Robbie and his bandmates are setting the dancefloor aflame with the 80's classic, "You Spin Me Round" (originally by Dead or Alive). While at this wedding reception, Robbie runs into Julia (played to sweet perfection by Drew Barrymore), a soon-to-be married server with the catering service at the reception. The two hit it off instantly and become good friends. Julia even works at Robbie's wedding and witnesses his being left at the altar by his would-be wife, Linda.

Robbie falls into a funk, refusing to play any and every wedding reception he's offered, including Julia's. He eventually agrees to help her set up her wedding with her Don Johnson wannabe fiance, Glenn (Matthew Glave). As any good romantic comedy would have happen, Robbie and Julia begin to fall for each other and their respective fiances are proven to be no good and undeserving of their love. Even though, neither Robbie nor Julia can openly reveal their love for one another to anybody. In the end, everything is tied nicely together by a ballad sung by Robbie, and everyone goes home happy.

The cast in this film is wonderful. Christine Taylor plays Holly, Julia's loose cousin. Frank Sivero is hilarious in a brief role as Robbie's brother-in-law. Steve Buscemi and Jon Lovitz also have bit roles but make the most of them. Sandler's buddy, Allen Covert, plays his best friend, Sammy, a limo driver who wants to be like the Fonz. Alexis Arquette is George, a Boy George lookalike. Also look for Kevin Nealon as a banker who interviews Robbie.

Of course, the one thing most people seem to focus on in this film is the music and fashion of the 80's. Pop culture abounds in this film with references to Van Halen's breakup, Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson's "strong" marriage, J.R. getting shot on "Dallas," Freddy Krueger, all temperCheer, and the Dunkin' Donuts guy. The musical lineup includes songs by Journey, Flock of Seagulls, Culture Club, David Bowie, and Huey Lewis and the News among others. Heck, Billy Idol even has a scene-stealing cameo on a flight to Las Vegas.

Obviously, if you grew up in the 80's, you're going to catch onto most of the pop culture references in the film. However, you need not know them in order to enjoy this film. It's a hilarious romantic comedy that showcases the talents of Sandler and Barrymore, and I highly recommend it.

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