The Wedding Singer (1998) 3/5 (1)


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Rating: The Good – 67.8
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Duration: 95 mins
Director: Frank Coraci
Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor

Down and out and recently left at the altar 1980’s wedding singer, Adam Sandler, befriends a sweet co-worker in the form of Drew Barrymore as she herself prepares for her wedding. Naturally, a guilty love blossoms as the jilted crooner attempts to pick up his life and nab the girl from her ridiculous Miami Vice obsessed fiancé. Rom-coms may be the most feebly represented of US movies, 80’s retrospectives may fall flat on their face more than any other nostalgia comedies, and Adam Sandler tends to hit or miss at a ratio of 1:4 but this one manages to defy all three trends. The low key self-deprecating humour of Sandler’s character seems to suit his screen presence better than most of his roles and he very much drives the comedy from every angle with boyish charm and bone-dry delivery. Barrymore too is perfectly cast as the girl of his dreams, in who’s mouth, butter wouldn’t melt and the chemistry between the two leads is palpable. The 80’s gags are gentle but for the most part will bring a smirk to your face, there are a few hilarious musical contributions from Sandler, and the soundtrack nails the era with affectionate humour. All that and a couple of show stopping cameos from Steve Buscemi and Jon Lovitz as a miffed best man and rival wedding singer respectively render The Wedding Singer a thoroughly satisfying 90 minutes.

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