The Wedding Singer
Release year: 1998
Director: Frank Coraci
Screenwriter: Tim Herlihy
Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor, Allen Covert, Matthew Glave, Ellen Albertini Dow, Angela Featherstone
If you want a wedding singer, Robbie (Sandler) is the best. That is until his fiancée Linda (Featherstone) leaves him at the alter. A broken heart is not good for business when you are a wedding singer, but luckily cute waitress Julia (Barrymore) needs help with her wedding and noone knows weddings better than Robbie.
The Wedding Singer was the first time we saw the wonder that came out of pairing the juvenile comedian with sweetheart Barrymore, a success they repeated for 50 First Dates (2004) and Blended (2014, also by Coraci). The pair has an incredible chemistry that instantly lights up the screen and Barrymore seems to have a terrific influence on Sandler, who delivers some of his best work in her presence. Her the two is surrounded by an excellent support cast, some regulars in Sandler’s movies, some big surprises as well as a killer 1980s soundtrack and all the neon colours and big hair you need to put you in the nostalgic mood. Taylor (Dodgeball, 2004) is particular great as best friend Holly, Covert (Happy Gilmore, 1996) endearingly sad as best friend to Robbie while Glave (Argo, 2012) nails the sleezeback boyfriend. But most would agree that the most memorable support acts are the quirky performances from Alexis Arquette (She’s All That, 1999) and Dow (Wedding Crashers, 2005) as the rapping grandma. A more approachable Sandler movie, as the comic actor turns down the volume on the goofball side of him with great results and definitely one of his very, very best.
The character of George was based on Boy George, lead singer of Culture Club. He sings “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” in the film.
Picture copyrights: Warner Home Video