The Wedding Singer - An All Time Favorite Movie
"The Wedding Singer" was released to theaters in February, 1998. However, the timeline of the movie had it taking place in 1985 -- yup, the beloved 80's.
From the beginning of the film, you can see they had a lot of fun making a parody of that strange and wonderful decade. For those of us that lived in it as teenagers, it was like going home again.
I sang, I cried, I laughed so hard -- alternately -- throughout this movie, it has become one of my absolute favorites. It's not deep, dramatic or life changing but it's just what the doctor ordered on a lazy Sunday.
I pop some corn and load the DVD. I'm instantly ready to revisit the feel of the world during my teen years. "The Wedding Singer" is a walk down memory lane -- I'm just watching someone else's ups and downs instead of my own.
I always, always cry at the end. The song Robbie sings to Julia is no Oscar contender but it's from his heart and so very true! After having been married 27 years, I can say that song definitely holds some truths in its lyrics. (See the video below for a look at the scene.)
The Story Line Summary
The story follows the life and times of a rockstar wanna-be turned wedding singer, Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler) and a part-time waitress planning her own wedding, Julia Sullivan (Drew Barrymore). They meet at a wedding where Robbie is singing and saves the event from spiraling out of control when the alcoholic best man gives his toast. Julia is impressed with how he handled the potential disaster and wants him to sing at her wedding.
She finds out Robbie is also engaged and marrying soon. The inevitable happens when Robbie is jilted at the alter -- depression, self pity and despondency. Julia tries hard to help cheer him. She even talks him into helping her plan her own wedding.
Soon, it is clear to everyone, except the two of them -- that Julia is marrying the wrong guy.
Through comedic incidents and, finally, an epiphany, Robbie sees the light. More antics ensue as he chases down Julia to tell her he loves her and wants to marry her.
It's an age old, heartwarming story told with the 80's twist. There is some great music to go along with it as well! It's a movie you will watch over and over again. I do!
It's a feel good movie that allows you -- nay, insists -- you laugh at your young self. Life changes so fast. I love that I can watch this movie any time I need to slow the clock down a bit. I smile through my tears as the credits roll each and every time. That's a feel good movie to me.
Possibly my favorite scene of the film (though the whole thing is awesome!)
What do you think of The Wedding Singer?
A couple of more movies I love with Adam Sandler and/or Drew Barrymore!