The Wedding Singer (1998)


Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Where it began…

This film was selected from ‘The 250’

Ah yes, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, our two love birds. It wasn’t that long ago when they were both on The Tonight Show promoting Blended. Jimmy Fallon had them sing together and it was sweet, and Adam Sandler decides in the moment to sing “Grow Old With You”. Drew Barrymore had absolutely no clue that he was going to do it, and she actually teared up. That should give you an idea of what kind of chemistry these two have, for the last 16 years, no less. It all began with The Wedding Singer, and in my opinion, this is probably the best out of the bunch.

“Dave, you idiot, tell us what it is about!”

I’m glad you asked. The Wedding Singer introduces us to a wedding singer – Robbie Hart. He was left at the altar because his fiancé missed the good ol’ days of his rock-stardom, and the separation left him as a sad, strange little man…and he had my pity. Turns out the wedding waitress (Drew Barrymore) is clearly his perfect match, and she asks him to sing at her wedding. He, of course, proudly says yes.

This is probably the best of the bunch because it has the perfect concoction of romantic chemistry. 50 First Dates had some really great chemistry as well, but the plot kind of forced the guy to start at square one every day…which is funny, but not the best it could be. Blended was again, really good, but it was more about the kids than it was about each other. The Wedding Singer had the best presentation through and through. However, this is where it gets tricky, because the one flaw it had was originality. Watch it, you’ll see…it’s pretty cliché.

I mean, it’s a basic comedic romance. A man and a woman are clearly in love with each other, but for whatever reason aren’t with each other. It creates comedy and tension. We’ve seen it before a thousand times, but I think it works because the entire flow of the film is very, very unique. You love the characters, you love the music, you love the colors and the costumes of the ‘80s…it all fits really nicely. You have movies that really annoy you for going the same route, but this was set apart from the others. It’s unique and memorable, and it is really funny.

This was before the time where people hated Adam Sandler, and it was before he basically became a parody of himself. I found his character in this film to be interesting. He clearly had Adam Sandler’s dialect when yelling, but his character had such a soft-spoken, normal voice when talking that you can hardly even tell it’s him under all that hair. Let’s be honest though, Drew Barrymore was just Drew Barrymore.

The reason you’ll watch this isn’t just for this reason or that, it’s because you want something funny to watch with really great chemistry. You might also want to watch something special or something with a phenomenal soundtrack. Whatever the reason, the heart or the shoes, you’ll give this film a hundred and two views.

The Good:

The Wedding Singer is where it’s at in terms of romantic chemistry between Sandler and Barrymore. Their interactions with each other, the soundtrack, and the comedy is enough to overlook…

The Bad:

Which, of course, is a really simple and cliché story with absolutely nothing unpredictable.

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