The Wedding Singer


The Wedding Singer Information

The Wedding Singer is a 1998 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. The film was produced by Robert Simonds for $18 million and grossed $80.2 million in the United States and $123.3 million worldwide.

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

Plot

In 1985, Robbie Hart (Sandler) is a wedding singer from Ridgefield, New Jersey. He is engaged to his long-time girlfriend, Linda (Angela Featherstone), who was attracted to him at a time when he dreamed of becoming a rock star. He meets and befriends a waitress, Julia Sullivan (Barrymore), at the reception hall where he regularly performs. Julia is also engaged, to businessman Glenn Gulia (Matthew Glave).

Disappointed over Robbie's loss of ambition, Linda changes her mind on their wedding day and leaves Robbie standing at the altar, emotionally devastated. Robbie tries to move forward 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. Robbie eventually agrees, and their friendship blossoms. During a double date between Julia and Glenn, and Robbie and Julia's cousin, Holly (Christine Taylor), Robbie learns that Glenn is frequently cheating on Julia and doesn't plan to stop after being married.

Julia and Robbie are increasingly confused by their deepening feelings for each other, and Robbie mistakenly believes that he can impress Julia by getting a more conventional job. She becomes angry with him for assuming that she is marrying Glenn for his money. After confiding in his best friend, Sammy (Allen Covert), Robbie finally decides to confess his true feelings and goes to Julia's house. When he arrives, he sees her through her bedroom window. She is wearing her wedding dress and happily imagining herself as Robbie's wife, but Robbie mistakenly concludes that she is looking forward to marrying Glenn.

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

Robbie awakens and promptly breaks it off with Linda for good. Inspired by the 50th wedding anniversary of his friend Rosie, to whom he has been giving singing lessons, Robbie decides to pursue Julia. Just then, Holly arrives, telling him of Julia's plans. Robbie, Sammy, and Holly rush to the airport, where Robbie books a flight to Las Vegas. He gets a first class ticket because all coach seats are sold out. After telling his story to a sympathetic audience in first class which includes Billy Idol (playing himself, sporting his '80s trademark spiked hairdo and biker attire), Robbie learns that Glenn and Julia are on the same flight as he peeps through the curtain separating first class and coach. Over the loudspeaker, and with the help of Idol and the flight crew, Robbie sings a song he has written called "Grow Old With You," which he has dedicated to Julia. When he enters the coach area, Glenn tries to attack him, only for his path to be blocked by a male flight attendant and Idol both pushing refreshment carts. When Glenn threatens Idol, a burly Idol fan also wearing biker attire forces Glenn down the aisle, and a female flight attendant he tried seducing earlier pushes him into the cabin toilet. Robbie and Julia admit their love for each other, and, after Idol briefly interrupts them to offer Robbie support in fulfilling his dream of being a songwriter, they share a kiss. The film ends as the scene fades to a similar kiss, this time at their wedding and Dave Veltri becomes the new Wedding Singer.

Cast and characters

Reception

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

The film received generally positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 67% based on reviews from 60 critics, with an average rating of 6.1/10 while audiences have currently given the film a 76% approval.

Soundtrack

Two soundtrack albums for The Wedding Singer, called The Wedding Singer and The Wedding Singer Volume 2, were released, both in 1998. The film contained many scenes of singing at weddings, with songs performed by the film's 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 the film, and original songs and dialogue from the film. Only for "Rapper's Delight" was the film's 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:

  • "Der Kommissar", performed by After the Fire
  • "99 Luftballons", performed by Nena
  • "Till There Was You", written by Meredith Willson, performed by Ellen Dow
  • "Don't Stop Believin'" (originally performed by Journey)
  • "Boys Don't Cry", performed by The Cure
  • "All Night Long (All Night)", performed by Lionel Richie
  • "That's All", written by Alan Brandt & Bob Haymes, performed by Adam Sandler
  • "Ladies' Night" (originally performed by Kool & the Gang), performed by Jon Lovitz
  • "True" (originally performed by Spandau Ballet ), performed by Steve Buscemi
  • "Do You Believe in Love", performed by Huey Lewis and the News
  • "Jam on It", Newcleus
  • "Miami Vice Theme", performed by Jan Hammer
  • "Hungry Heart", performed by Bruce Springsteen
  • "The Goofball Brothers Show", written and performed by Sourcerer
  • "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go", performed by Wham!

Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1998 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1



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