I love the Wedding Singer for many reasons. It’s funny, great soundtrack and I think it’s the first time we got to see some depth in Sandler. Up until now we have had Billy Madison (Classic!), Happy Gilmore (classic) but with the Wedding Singer this was the first time that Sandler broke away from the frat boy comedy for the entire movie and showed that underneath he is a romantic. It was also genius for being the first movie to really tap into the 80’s nostalgia. It not only paid off in the film but also the box office. The Wedding Singer became his biggest hit up to that point in his career.
The wedding singer follows Sandler who starts as, well, a wedding singer. His character is a romantic and after singing at weddings for years he finally gets his own wedding. But he gets left at the altar and becomes a cynic (LOVE STINKS!). This is also the first pairing for Sandler and Drew Barrymore who I think is the closest thing my generation has to the same magic that Hanks/Ryan have. Barrymore plays Julia, soon to be married and become Julia Gulia.
Sandler falls for Barrymore but Barrymore is stuck with Glenn. A jerk that says he wants to marry Julia but still cheats around on her. Sandler finally realizes his love for Julia and things culminate with an awesome song that Sandler sings to Barrymore on a plane right before she takes off to Vegas to marry the before mentioned jerk. Oh and Billy Idol is there too. I’m telling you this is a great movie.
Final Verdict: Worth owning.