The Wedding Singer (DVD) Review

By: Britt Gillette

A breakout comeback role for Drew Barrymore, The Wedding Singer is most likely Adam Sandler's most enduring comedy film so far. Quite unlike other Sandler films, The Wedding Singer takes itself more seriously than Billy Madison or Happy Gilmore, perhaps because of its status as a romantic comedy. But whatever it is that makes this film different, it's quite charming. And the on screen chemistry between Sandler and Barrymore is what drives the story…

The Wedding Singer focuses on the life of Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler), an aging twenty-something wedding singer whose dreams of rock star success are far from fruition. Sandler is perfect in this role which requires a lot of banter and ad lib with wedding parties. As the film begins, Robbie is singing at a wedding reception where Julia Sullivan (Drew Barrymore) is busing tables with her cousin Holly (Christine Taylor). The two meet outside where they assist (in vomiting) a young guest who got into the wedding champagne.

Robbie helps lift Julia's spirits when he tells her about his own impending wedding to Linda (Angela Featherstone). Julia has moved into town to be with her fiancé Glenn (Matthew Glave), pompous jerk who she has doubts about.

But when Robbie's fiancé Linda dumps him because he hasn't turned out to be the rock star she always hoped for, the event drives Robbie into a deep depression. Singing songs such as "Love Sucks" at a subsequent wedding reception, he ends up getting drunk and ruining the gig. The father of the bride punches him out, but Julia is there to come to Robbie's aid.

Over time, Robbie and Julia fall in love, but they can never find the right situation to tell each other how they feel. When Julia finally decides to tell Robbie, she knocks his door, but it's answered by Linda (who decided she made a mistake in leaving Robbie). Coming home the night before in a drunken stupor, Robbie was unaware she had stayed over. Linda tells Julia that she and Robbie are back together, which prompts Julia to beg Glenn to go to Vegas to get married. Glenn agrees, and they book the next flight to Las Vegas.

When Robbie finds out what Linda has done, he tells her off and goes to find Julia. Holly tells her about the flight to Las Vegas, and Robbie rushes to the airport. Buying a ticket for the next flight to Vegas, Robbie ends up in first class on the very plane that Julia and Glenn are on. Together, with the help of other passengers, her sings a love song to Julia and the two are united forever…

A touching film, The Wedding Singer is also a hilarious romantic comedy the entire family will enjoy. A great 80's soundtrack accompanies the film which is certain to satisfy that era's music buffs. Overall, this is a definite must-see comedy and probably the best Adam Sandler film to date.

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