The Wedding Singer (1998)

The Wedding SingerReleased: February 13, 1998. Directed by: Frank Coraci. Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor. Runtime: 95 min.

Apparently, more mediocre comedians should release their movies on the unlucky Friday the 13th, when they’re down on their luck. Maybe they’ll have a decent hit on their hands. That’s the truth with Sandler’s “The Wedding Singer,” an entertaining and predictable romp from beginning to end.

The story follows wedding singer Robbie Hart who enters a deep depression after he’s dumped at the alter by his bitch of a girlfriend Linda (Angela Featherstone). Then he meets the stunning waitress Julia (Drew Barrymore). She is about to be married to a total idiot Glen Gulia (Matthew Glave), who is so dumb, he doesn’t see what’s funny about the fact that Julia will know be Julia Gulia. Robbie thinks she deserves more, and, well, you know the rest.

This movie teaches that the only person you should plan a wedding with is the person you’re getting married to, otherwise, you’ll probably fall in love with the person you’re planning it with. It’s a traditional romantic comedy, with Sandler’s antics and a lot of angry and/or depressed singing.

The characters are funny. That’s mostly Robbie Hart and the nympho best friend of Julia, Holly (Christine Taylor). Allen Covert’s pretty good, too. There are some characters that are both creepy and funny. That’s most notably George (Alexis Arquette), the back-up wedding singer who only sings “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” It’s funny because the crowd turns on him every time.

These performers aren’t phoning in performances – you’re probably going to root for Robbie and Julia the whole way through. No one deserves to be married to a jerk right?

The movie’s really just a predictable ’80s styled movie. It’s entertaining, sometimes hilarious and always chuckle-worthy. Even though you’ll be rooting for Julia and Robbie, they don’t pass the Character Name Test; since Sandler’s characters seem to be all the same. You’ll forget half of the characters’ names within minutes. This is a movie where I’d rather refer to the characters by the person who’s portraying them. Even though Sandler has big hair in this movie, it doesn’t mean this character will be distinctive or stand out in any way.



Announcement for Sandlerthon

Adam Sandler 11I’ve decided to have an Adam Sandler marathon. I think I’ve been a little harsh on the guy lately (but he deserves it, amirite?), so I’ve decided to go through his whole filmography to show that I do like some of his movies. I’ll be watching twenty-nine of his movies throughout the first two weeks of August, and posting the reviews throughout the second half of August. (Maybe earlier.) I am going to still be wathcing as many other movies as I can muster, but I’ll get through the twenty-eight. The eight movies I’ve reviewed out of his filmography, I won’t be reviewing again. Out of those eight movies, I like four of them (“50 First Dates,” “Billy Madison,” “Grown Ups,”   “The Hot Chick“). And I can’t stand to watch the other four ever again (“Airheads,” “Grown Ups 2,” “Jack and Jill” and “That’s My Boy“). A good amount of the movies I’ll be reviewing I’ve seen before (20 out of 29, but I only remember 14 out of those), so that might seem a little strange, but I’ll review it as both a re-watch and a new experience, if that makes sense. I just want to watch all of his movies so I can say I’ve made it through his torturous flicks and his best. Hopefully I don’t get too tired of the egg-headed comedian! I’m also a fan of his early career. So here’s what I’ll be watching on each day:

Day 1: The Wedding Singer, Just Go With It. (Romantic Sandler.)
Day 2: Going Overboard, Shakes the Clown. (Early Career.)
Day 3: The Animal, Pauly Shore is Dead, Dirty Work. (Non-starring roles.)
Day 4: Little Nicky, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. (Distinctive Characters.)
Day 5: Deuce Bigalow: European Gigalo, Zookeeper. (Non-starring roles.)
Day 6: The Longest Yard, Mr. Deeds. (Inferior Remakes.)
Day 7: Click, Bedtime Stories. (Family-friendly Sandler.)
Day 8: Happy Gilmore, Anger Management. (Angry Sandler.)
Day 9: Coneheads, Mixed Nuts. (Non-starring roles.)
Day 10: Bulletproof, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry. (Random.)
Day 11: Eight Crazy Nights, Hotel Transylvania. (Animated Sandler.)
Day 12: Spanglish, Funny People. (Non-Happy Madison Productions.)
Day 13: Punch-Drunk Love, Reign Over Me. (Critically Acclaimed Sandler.)
Day 14: Big Daddy, The Waterboy. (Legitimately Funny Sandler.)

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Billy Madison – A film review by Daniel Prinn – One of Sandler’s most endurable films.

Billy Madison

Release Date: February 10, 1995

Director: Tamra Davis

Stars: Adam Sandler, Darren McGavin, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras

Runtime: 89 min

Tagline: Billy Madison’s going back to school… Way back.


Adam Sandler started his career impressing audiences with such mindless comedies as this film, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy and The Wedding Singer; and then he sort of went downhill eventually(well, around 2010 at least), but I do find comedy in most of his work. Not a lot of his films have a substantial plot, but a lot are quite guilty pleasure. The only films on Rotten Tomatoes that have a ‘certified fresh’ label, are ones that are not of his Happy Madison production company (have you gotten the hint yet, Sandler?) – Reign Over Me, Punch-Drunk Love and Funny People. This one, is my second favourite mindless Adam Sandler comedy.

Billy Madison is a idiotic man-child who thinks he is getting the family hotel company. When Billy finds out that a cruel, unfunny person high up in the corporation, Eric, is going to get the company –and Billy has something to say about that. Billy comes up with this deal with his father; that if he redoes Grades 1 through 12 (two weeks for each grade) in a 24-week period, the family business will be handed down to him. He attempts this with all of his funny shenanigans like putting dog shit in a paper bag and setting it on fire and putting it on Old Man Ted’s porch, and making new relationships in the running.

I’m writing this review after multiple viewings. It is one of the most watchable films on Sandler’s filmography; as it is quite funny, but a little bit of plot would help here too. The ‘Back to school’ song is just always funny, and it’s a pretty good comedy – as some jokes still made me really laugh even after multiple viewings, and a lot of the jokes made me laugh a whole lot when I first watched it.

The story is very, very predictable – but a lot of the material here is memorable. A lot of the characters are hit and miss, as Billy and his two man-child friends are the most likeable, and Chris Farley’s character is fairly funny, also. Some of it feels like it tries a bit too hard to be funny, but a lot of it really is. The jokes are good, as the hits definitely outweigh the misses.

The film most definitely doesn’t deserve its standing harsh status of a mere 16/100 on MetaCritic, though, as it attempts to have a heart – but not an efficient plot, for that matter.

Sandler fans would love this, and maybe more recent fans trying to give him a chance, stick with this one or Happy Gilmore, those are his two finest, as they are films that offer substantial entertainment and that’s why I appreciate them.  It’s a good comedy that can make me laugh a lot, but I may have worn it out a bit too much. Watch it if you want to watch a comedy with no substantial plot and a rather predictable story that you could predict how the whole thing plays out from reading its plot on IMDb; but skip it if Sandler rambling in gibberish is not your idea of a good time.