The Sandler Slog: The Wedding Singer (1998)

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The Wedding Singer (1998)

Released: February 13th, 1998

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Director: Frank Coraci

Writer: Tim Herilhy

Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore

Opening Thoughts:

At the height of Adam Sandler’s popularity (he still draws a crowd, but it is definitely different now.) The Wedding Singer is released.  I remembered it as a decent comedy, but not Sandler’s best work. It’s been about ten years maybe longer since I watched it. So, much to my surprise I found myself rather miserable in this rewatch.

Plot:

A heartbroken wedding singer seeks new love, but obstacles get in the way.

Dislikes:

I’ve recently watched other Adam Sandler movies (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy) and I still enjoyed them.  However, this was not the case with The Wedding Singer. I found Sandler’s character to be whiny and annoying. It made it a miserable experience to watch.

When you hate the central character, it is hard to enjoy the pace of this film. it feels endless and worse still is that it is largely unfunny.  Again, all the complaining and yelling and mopey nature of the film really irked me. I couldn’t wait for it to end.

Of course, it doesn’t help that you already know how this is going to end.  Yes, I’ve seen it multiple times before, but you realize the pattern in Sandler’s movies and they become really boring. Semi-douchebag Character meets a lovely girl, but there is an obstacle (usually another well-groomed upper-class man with a cruel demeanor). Through a great romantic gesture or major event, the central character defeats the rude rich man and wins the girl! The end!

The acting is mediocre at best throughout this movie, the jokes fall flat, and the pacing is painful!

Likes:

I have two positives to note about this film. The first is Drew Barrymore! She had a difficult struggle in her youth. She battled back against her worst demons and to see her triumph on the other side is fantastic!  Plus, she plays such a genuinely congenial.

Finally, while her role in the movie is very limited, any scene with the rapping elderly woman remains a treasure to this day.  Thank you, Ellen Albertini Dow, for this wonderful moment!

Conclusion:

I remember a time where I didn’t hate this movie, and unlike other Adam Sandler movies of the 1990s, it has lost its joy. Boring and whiny just like my review! With little upside to mention. Sadly, this was no anomaly for Sandler and would become a trend shortly.

 

 

Adam Sandler Movie Ladder (Yes, I’m working on this! Pray for me!)

Happy Gilmore (1996)

The Waterboy (1998)

Billy Madison (1995)

Airheads (1994)

Coneheads (1993)

The Wedding Singer (1998)

Eight Crazy Nights (2002)

Big Daddy (1999)

Bulletproof (1996)

Mixed Nuts (1994)

Shakes the Clown (1991)

The Animal (2001)

Going Overboard (1989)

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