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The Wedding Singer
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Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor, Allen Covert, Matthew Glave
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: New Line Cinema
Web Site: www.weddingsinger.com
Kiddie Movie: Some language, and they might not get some of the jokes, but not that bad.
Date Movie: She might get all romantic and get that itch to get married. Be careful!
Gratuitous Sex: Nope.
Gratuitous Violence: A couple of innocent fist-fights.
Action: Nope.
Laughs: Lots of 'em, especially if you can relate to 1985!
Memorable Scene: Anytime Robbie is singing in front of people, especially the reception after Linda leaves him at the altar where he is singing The J. Geils classic "Love Stinks."
Memorable Quote: Tons. Some that come to mind kinda go: Robbie to Julia - "Alcohol equals puke equals a smelly mess equals nobody likes you."; Sammy tells Robbie "Marry you, I'm just trying to get someone to play with your ding-dong."
Directed By: Frank Coraci
Produced By: Robert Simonds and Jack Giarraputo

The Wedding Singer
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:36 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
A little strange for me, but when I saw the trailer for "The Wedding Singer" I felt it was a must see, and you know, I didn't really know why. The music sounded cool, the premise sounded funny, and it had Adam Sandler. It's that last part that had me confused because in going into "The Wedding Singer" I was a virgin in seeing Sandler in a lead role. Yes, it's true, of all of his films that have become cult-classics, "Happy Gilmore" and "Billy Madison" to name a few, I realized that the only one I sort of saw was "Airheads," and that was while I was flipping channels on cable. I knew I enjoyed him when he was on "Saturday Night Live," and "Lunchlady Land" is still one of my favorite Sandler songs, but as an actor in a leading role I had no idea what to expect other than what my buddy Stu had told me. Was I disappointed after watching "The Wedding Singer?" Hell no!

"The Wedding Singer" tells the story of Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler). Back in high school he was the shit, singing in a rock band and getting the hot babes. But, welcome to the real world, and reaching that dream of being a songwriter with a cool band dwindles to, well, being a wedding singer. But, he was a good wedding singer, he did enjoy it, and was slated to get married to Linda (Angela Featherstone). Well, Linda all of a sudden had this realization that Robbie wasn't that cool guy wearing spandex and licking microphones like David Lee Roth anymore, and calls off the wedding. Unfortunately for Robbie, he finds this out while standing at the altar, and like most incurable romantics, has a breakdown and his life heads for the gutter. Enter Julia (Drew Barrymore).

Julia is this sweet girl, engaged to an asshole named Glenn (Matthew Glave), and like most sweet girls, really can't see that she should dump the jerk and head for the guy she loves. In any case, she has to plan her wedding, and who better to ask for assistance than a wedding professional - a wedding singer, in this case, our buddy Robbie. Well, no surprises here, they fall in love, and just can't seem to tell each other, but, in the end, with some help from Billy Idol, they wind up happily ever after.

"The Wedding Singer" doesn't have any real surprises as a romantic comedy, not that I expected any. I was looking for a movie that had a lot of laughs intermixed with a love story and that is just what I got. So, for me, I was happy. I wanted Robbie and Julia to get together, I wanted Glenn to get beat up, and I wanted soda to come out of my nose from laughing so hard. I got all three. The only problem I can see with "The Wedding Singer" is that if your formative years weren't during the mid-eighties than you probably won't get a lot of the jokes in this film. The movie is no technical masterpiece, not grand on the whole cinematography thing, and might have the "reading a book while sipping a cappuccino" crowd wishing they had bought an overpriced bagel rather than spending it on seeing "The Wedding Singer." And, as for the hard-core Adam Sandler fans, I don't know if they'll like it either, because as much as he works to make the comical scenes a laugh riot, Adam also works to make you like Robbie for being the romantic he is. But, for me, a pizza and beer kind of guy, who remembers the words to all of the songs they played in the film, I really enjoyed it.

I found "The Wedding Singer" a nice and simple love story with lots of hilarious scenes, while conjuring up all sorts of bad flashbacks to high school and college as the music played, and I think it was that "able to relate" thing that enabled me to enjoy this film. As I sat there laughing my ass off to a lot of the jokes, I noticed, at times, I was in small company, and you could really separate that by age. The youngins seemed to laugh because they were supposed to, while the oldins sometimes just didn't seem to get it. I'm glad I was in the middle.

So, for "The Wedding Singer," I'm giving it 4 stars out of 5. I really enjoyed it, and realize that you might not, especially if you don't remember when MTV only played music videos, or you refuse to get a CD player because you have too many albums that you'd have to replace!

That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right! L8R!!

 

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