Fave Film #47 – The Wedding Singer
Cast- Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor
Robbie Hart is a wedding singer, a good one, but still a wedding singer and on his wedding day his bride-to-be decides that it isn’t enough for her. Robbie is depressed but finds purpose in helping Julia plan her wedding to Glen, a less than impressive fiance.
Why I love it- It is no secret that I love all things 80’s, so this ode to the 80’s is an obvious fit for me. I held off seeing it, however, due to its lead. I am not a fan of Adam Sandler movies (I did love him on Saturday Night Live), so I was surprised that I totally fell for him as the wedding singer. He had a vulnerability and normalcy in this movie that I hadn’t seen from him before. And if you add the always charming Drew Barrymore, well you have the basis for a good flick.
It hit the over the top 80’s vibe just right, with the pop culture references, the music and wardrobe. Just look at the poster and Adam Sandler’s permed hair! It took me back to my high school days (a little) and life before cell phones and texting when a cd player was the hot new thing.
I never would have thought I would buy into Adam Sandler as a romantic lead, but what can I say? His song to Julia at the end is one that I sing to my hubby ;) And it’s funny. It’s a sweet romantic comedy.
Fun Fact- In a recent Entertainment Weekly poll of favorite wedding movies The Wedding Singer tied for second with Wedding Crashers. Father of the Bride was #1.
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