It’s 1985 and wedding singer Robbie (Adam Sandler) falls for waitress Julia (Drew Barrymore) in this 1998 romantic comedy.
The Wedding Singer follows the suit of most Adam Sandler films and, although this is not necessarily a bad thing, it does mean that you will probably guess where the story is headed after watching the first five minutes.
Set upon a backdrop of 80’s music and fashion mistakes (with the aid of this film you realise just how many there were) the film achieves most of its laughs from Robbie’s profession. Highlights include Sandler’s ‘Cure-inspired’ ‘Somebody Kill Me’, a song written by Robbie about his fiancé Linda who subtly ditches him at the altar, George (Alexis Arquette)’s repeated version of Boy George’s ‘Do You Really Want to Hurt Me’ (usually at very inopportune times) and the film’s smushy guitar-led ending.
The prominence of the film’s music lends itself to explain how the story went on to enjoy a stint on Broadway in 2006 whilst the success of the on-screen chemistry between Sandler and Barrymore was revived in 2004’s 50 First Dates.
A perfect choice for those after a feel-good film but should perhaps to be avoided if you are after something thought evoking.