The Wedding Singer (1998)

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Critic Consensus: It's decidedly uneven -- and surprisingly sappy for an early Adam Sandler comedy -- but The Wedding Singer is also sweet, funny, and beguiling.

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Mousse up your hair and pull your Missing Persons records out of mothballs for this romantic comedy set in that era of questionable fashion decisions, the '80s. In 1985, Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler) is a vocalist whose rock band stubbornly refuses to get off the ground. In the meantime, he makes a living playing wedding receptions, where his easy charm and ability to schmooze brings him a steady income. Robbie meets Julia Sullivan (Drew Barrymore) when she's working as a waitress at one of his wedding gigs; he immediately takes a shine to her, but since he's engaged, he keeps his distance. Robbie learns that Julia is also engaged; unfortunately, her fiancà (C)e Glen Gulia (Matthew Glave) is an obnoxious, self-obsessed yuppie who is chronically unfaithful to her. When Robbie gets stood up at the altar by his fiancà (C)e, it's a crushing blow to his ego, and he moves from working weddings to bar mitzvahs to avoid the humiliating issue of matrimony, and he considers giving up on music altogether. In time, Robbie realizes that he needs to step in and stop Julia from marrying Glen before the woman he's come to love ruins her life. Adam Sandler's former Saturday Night Live co-stars Kevin Nealon and Jon Lovitz make cameo appearances, as do Steve Buscemi and Billy Idol -- as himself. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Rating:
PG-13 (For sex related material and language)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Studio:
New Line Cinema

Cast

Adam Sandler
as Robbie Hart
Drew Barrymore
as Julia Sullivan
Matthew Glave
as Glen Gulia
Christina Pickles
as Angie Sullivan
Jon Lovitz
as Jimmie Moore
Kevin Nealon
as Mr. Simms
Billy Idol
as Himself
Teddy Castellucci
as Robbie Hart Band Member
Randy Razz
as Robbie Hart Band Member
John Vana
as Robbie Hart Band Member
Marnie Schneider
as Joyce--Flight Attendant
Carmen Filpi
as Old Man in Bar
Todd Hurst
as Drunken Teenager
Peter Dante
as David's Friend
Phyllis Alia
as Mrs. Harold Veltri
Paul Thiele
as Mr. Harold Veltri
Jack Nisbet
as Father of Groom
Sally Pierce
as Grandma Molly
Earl Carroll
as Justice of the Peace
Jenna Byrne
as Cindy Castellucci
Jason Cottle
as Scott Castellucci
Mark Lonow
as Father of the Bride
Bill Elmer
as Fat Man
Jackie R. Challet
as Sideburns Lady
Jimmy Karz
as Studliest Kid at Bar Mitzvah
Al Hopson
as Grandpa at Bar Mitzvah
Michael D. Shuman
as Bar Mitzvah Boy
Steven Brill
as Glenn's Buddy
Mike Thompson
as Member of Jimmy Moore's Band
Michael Jay
as Member of Jimmy Moore's Band
John Sawaski
as Member of Jimmy Moore's Band
Chris Alan
as Member of Jimmy Moore's Band
Kimberly Schwartz
as Member of Jimmy Moore's Band
Sanetta Y. Gipson
as Member of Jimmy Moore's Band
Timothy P. Herlihy
as Rudy the Bartender
Matthew Kimble
as Drunk at Bar
Sid Newman
as Frank
Mark Beltzman
as Vegas Air Ticket Agent
Andrew Shaifer
as Flight Attendant No. 2
Shanna Moakler
as Flight Attendant No. 3
Maree Cheatham
as Nice Lady on Plane
Al Burke
as Large Billy Idol Fan
Bob Hackl
as Member of David's Band
Gabe Veltri
as Member of David's Band
Josh Oppenheimer
as Member of David's Band
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Critic Reviews for The Wedding Singer

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (13)

Supporting players are uniformly strong, and Coraci deserves much credit for exacting just the right degree of outrageousness without spinning into some wild orbit.

Full Review… | June 1, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

You can't help pulling for the kids.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Finally, an Adam Sandler comedy that you can sit through without wanting to throw a mallet through the screen.

July 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

As Robbie Hart, a former lead singer in a rock band reduced to performing at weddings, Sandler goes for more than the easy laughs.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A sparkling romantic comedy, the kind of picture that glides by so gracefully and unpretentiously that it's only upon reflection that you realize how much skill, caring and good judgment had to have gone into its making.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

One of the sad byproducts of the dumbing-down of America is that we're now forced to witness the goofy plots of the 1930s played sincerely, as if they were really deep.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Wedding Singer

If you love 80s cheesy music, this is a must see. Julia and Robbie are engaged to wrong people. He is a wedding singer and she is a waitress. Drew and Adam make a great on-screen couple. Adam is a good singer. Cute rom com.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Get some cheese balls, dunk it in cheese whizz, throw sharp cheddar cheese on top and you get "The Wedding Singer". Yup. So cheesy... everything within this movie is a recipe for disaster, yet the romance works -- what the hell? The comedy falls flat almost every single time and Drew Barrymore is one horrible actress, yet at the end of the day, you'll find "The Wedding Singer" somewhat pulling on your heartstrings.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

Easily one of my all time favorite Adam Sandler movies. Love the 80's throwback, and all the little references, especially the music. Sandler is Robbie Hart, a wedding singer who gets left at the alter. Depressed, he then meets Julia Sullivan(Drew Barrymore) a waitress about to be married. He helps with her wedding planning, and they eventually fall for each other. typical romantic comedy, with Sandler's touch of frat boy humor that works perfect. Watching this on a Saturday morning for the first time in years, I found myself remembering every line, laughing at the same jokes, and singing the same songs. Watching this movie is like riding a bike, you just never forget.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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