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The Wedding Singer
The Wedding Singer film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Frank Coraci
Produced by Robert Simonds
Jack Giarraputo
Written by Tim Herlihy
Starring
Music by Teddy Castellucci
Cinematography Tim Suhrstedt
Edited by Tom Lewis
Production
company
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date
  • February 13, 1998 (1998-02-13)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $18 million
Box office $123.3 million

The Wedding Singer is a 1998 American romantic comedy film written by Tim Herlihy and directed by Frank Coraci. It stars Adam Sandler as a wedding singer in the 1980s and Drew Barrymore as a waitress with whom he falls in love. It was produced by Robert Simonds for US$18 million and grossed $80.2 million in the United States and $123.3 million worldwide.[1] It was a box office hit and critically acclaimed with many calling it Sandler's best movie.[citation needed] Many have praised the chemistry of him and Barrymore.[citation needed]

The film was later adapted into a stage musical of the same name, debuting on Broadway in April 2006 and closing on New Year's Eve of that same year.

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PlotEdit

In 1985, Robbie Hart is a nice, charming and entertaining wedding singer from Ridgefield, New Jersey. He is engaged to his long-time girlfriend, Linda, who fell in love with him when he dreamed of becoming a rock star. He meets and befriends a waitress, Julia Sullivan, at the reception hall where she is newly employed. She is engaged to businessman Glenn Gulia and he promises to sing at their wedding.

On Robbie's wedding day, his sister Kate tells him that Linda has changed her mind about the wedding, leaving him emotionally devastated and humiliated. Later that day, Linda visits Robbie and she reveals that she stopped loving him when she found out that he lost his ambitions of being a rock star and instead became a wedding singer. She tells him that after talking to her friends, she realizes she can't continue lying to herself and ends their relationship. He tries to move on with his life, but despair hinders his performances. Julia tries to cheer him up and later asks him to help her plan her own wedding. He eventually agrees and their friendship blossoms. While Robbie spends more time with Julia, he begins to realize just how shallow Linda is. During a double date between Julia and Glenn, and Julia's cousin, Holly, Robbie learns that Glenn frequently cheats on Julia and does not plan to stop after they get married.

Julia and Robbie are increasingly confused by their deepening feelings for each other. He tells her he has plans to retire from singing and pursue a more conventional career, thinking that will impress her. She becomes angry with him when he accuses her of marrying Glenn for his money. Dismayed, he meets his friend Sammy at a bar and says he's just going to have fun with women from now on, but Sammy says he's not really happy and those kinds of guys are doomed, so Robbie goes to tell Julia how he feels. When he sees her through her bedroom window in her wedding dress, she is happily looking in a mirror and pretending she has just married Robbie, but he assumes she is thinking of Glenn.

Heartbroken, Robbie leaves to get drunk and finds Glenn in the midst of his pre-bachelor party. After a heated exchange, he punches Robbie and proceeds to mock him. An intoxicated Robbie goes home and finds Linda waiting for him and wanting to reconcile. He passes out, but the following morning, she answers the door and introduces herself as his fiancée to a crestfallen Julia. She runs to Glenn, wanting to be married immediately. He happily offers to take her to Las Vegas.

Robbie awakens and after shaking off his hangover from the previous night, tells Linda that it's over and kicks her out. Then he attends the 50th wedding anniversary party of his neighbor Rosie (to whom he has been giving singing lessons). Realizing he wants to grow old with Julia, with Rosie's encouragement, he decides to pursue Julia. Just then, Holly arrives and asks him if he is still with Linda. He reveals he ended it with her and learns of Julia's plans to marry Glenn. He, Sammy, and Holly rush to the airport, where he gets a first class ticket to Las Vegas. After telling his story to an empathetic audience in first class, which includes Billy Idol, he learns that Glenn and Julia are on the same flight after a female flight attendant informs everyone that Glenn said the same terms he said about Julia while trying to seduce her. With the help of Billy and the flight crew, over the loudspeaker, he sings a song he has written called "Grow Old With You," dedicated to Julia. As Robbie approaches Julia singing, Glenn tries to attack him only to be blocked by Billy Idol and a flight attendant. When Glenn threatens Billy, a burly Billy Idol fan forces Glenn down the aisle while the same female flight attendant he tried seducing earlier shoves him into the lavatory. Robbie and Julia admit their love for each other, and share a kiss after Billy informs him that he liked the song and plans to tell his record company executives about him.

The film ends as the scene fades to Robbie and Julia kissing at their wedding.

Cast and charactersEdit

Differences between Film and MusicalEdit

  • The film establishes that Robbie lives with his sister, Kate, and her family. In the musical, none of those characters exist and he lives with his grandmother, Rosie.
  • In the film, Robbie meets Julia while escorting a drunk kid outside to throw up in the dumpster and later warning him of the dangers of alcohol consumption. In the musical, he meets Julia while trying to write a corny love song for Linda.
  • Unlike in the musical, Glenn and Julia have been engaged for two years before Glenn finally set the date for the wedding.
  • Unlike in the musical, Rosie is just an old friend of Robbie's whose 50th anniversary convinces him to pursue Julia.
  • In the film, Linda doesn't appear in the wedding and later visits Robbie to break up with him for his lost ambition. In the musical, she dumps him over his lost ambition via a Dear John.
  • In the film, it's the bride's enraged family who throws Robbie in the dumpster after offending everyone with his thoughts and singing Love Stinks. In the musical, it's the enraged groom and guests that throw him out.
  • Unlike in the musical, Robbie seeks employment from an unrelated bank and gets reprimanded by Julia who gives him a blank sheet notebook to write music in.
  • In the film, Robbie's older nephew makes him see how much he's throwing away his musical talent. In the musical, it's Julia who calls him out and wanted him to continue singing at weddings.
  • Unlike the musical in which he is part of Robbie's band and has a white trash personality, Sammy is portrayed in a more positive light. Although he's a limousine driver, Sammy is quite lonely for female companionship.
  • In the film, Sammy stops Robbie from pursuing the single life by revealing it's not a great as it looks and convinces him to tell Julia right away. In the musical, he and George tries to convince Robbie to remain single before doing the right thing and tell Julia.
  • Unlike in the musical, Robbie intercepts Julia and Glenn upon learning they're on the same flight to Las Vegas.
  • In the film after a heated confrontation with Glenn over his cheating on Julia, a drunk Robbie comes home to find Linda outside his sister's lawn wanting to reconcile with him. In the musical, it's in his bed that he finds her.
  • In the film, Billy Idol, is the real Billy Idol who helps Robbie subdue Glenn with the help of a male steward and a burly fan of his. In the musical, "Billy Idol" is an impersonator who along with his other impersonators helps Robbie break up Glenn and Julia's wedding.
  • Unlike in the musical's end, Dave Veltri is the new wedding singer who performs at Robbie and Julia's wedding.
  • In the film, Sammy and Holly realize their feelings for each other. In the musical, they're seen as broken up and still care for each other.

ReceptionEdit

The film had a budget of $18 million and received $123,306,987 worldwide[1] in ticket sales. It opened at the #2 spot in the US with $18,865,080[2] in the United States, behind Titanic.

The film received generally positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 71% based on reviews from 61 critics, with an average rating of 6.1/10, saying that "It's decidedly uneven -- and surprisingly sappy for an early Adam Sandler comedy -- but The Wedding Singer is also sweet, funny, and beguiling. [3]

SoundtrackEdit

Two soundtrack albums for the film, called The Wedding Singer and The Wedding Singer Volume 2, were released, both in 1998. It contained many scenes of singing at weddings, with songs performed by its cast. The soundtrack albums, for the most part, contained the original versions of these songs instead, as well as songs that were in the background during it and original songs and dialogue from it. Only for "Rapper's Delight" was its rendition (by Ellen Dow), used, in combination with the original recording.

The track listing of the first album is:

  1. "Video Killed the Radio Star" (originally performed by The Buggles), performed by The Presidents of the United States of America
  2. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", performed by Culture Club
  3. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic", performed by The Police
  4. "How Soon Is Now?", performed by The Smiths
  5. "Love My Way", performed by The Psychedelic Furs
  6. "Hold Me Now", performed by Thompson Twins
  7. "Everyday I Write the Book", performed by Elvis Costello
  8. "White Wedding", performed by Billy Idol
  9. "China Girl", performed by David Bowie
  10. "Blue Monday", performed by New Order
  11. "Pass the Dutchie", performed by Musical Youth
  12. "Have You Written Anything Lately?"
  13. "Somebody Kill Me", written by Adam Sandler and Tim Herlihy, performed by Adam Sandler
  14. "Rapper's Delight" (medley), performed by Sugarhill Gang and Ellen Dow

The track listing of the second album is:

  1. "Too Shy", performed by Kajagoogoo
  2. "It's All I Can Do", performed by The Cars
  3. "True", performed by Spandau Ballet
  4. "Space Age Love Song", performed by A Flock of Seagulls
  5. "Private Idaho", performed by The B-52's
  6. "Money (That's What I Want)", performed by Flying Lizards
  7. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)", performed by Dead or Alive
  8. "Just Can't Get Enough", performed by Depeche Mode
  9. "Love Stinks", performed by The J. Geils Band
  10. "You Make My Dreams", performed by Hall & Oates
  11. "Holiday", performed by Madonna
  12. "Grow Old With You", written by Adam Sandler and Tim Herlihy, performed by Adam Sandler

Songs and renditions that appeared in the movie, but were not included in the soundtrack albums, were:

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