A classic romantic comedy and without question one of the best films in both Adam Sandler’s and Drew Barrymore’s careers. I would not go so far as to say classic but it is definitely a great pick for a girl’s night or romantic evening on the couch. If you haven’t seen this 1998 film spoiler alert as always. I DO NOT OWN THE PICTURE.
Taking place in the 1980’s Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler) is a nice, charming wedding singer from Ridgefield New Jersey who always tries to make sure the guests have a great time at the reception. At one of the wedding he is singing at he meets Julia Sullivan (Drew Barrymore), a waitress. Both of them are engaged to longtime partners; Robbie to a woman named Linda (Angela Featherstone) and Julie to businessman Glenn Gulia (Matthew Glave). The next day Robbie is supposed to get married to Linda, but she is not there. Linda later arrives that day saying she fell out of love with Robbie when he was OK with being a wedding singer and not a rock star. Robbie becomes depressed and it soon affects him at work. Julia tries to help Robbie in his time of need by asking him to help plan her own wedding. After some time Robbie comes to realize a few things: Linda was very shallow and Glenn is a jerk to Julia frequently cheating on her and with no plans to stop after the marriage. However the most important thing Robbie and Julia realize: they have fallen for each other. I probably shouldn’t go into too much more for those who haven’t seen the movie, but I will say the ending is downright adorable and keep an eye out for Billy Idol.
As far as romantic comedies go this is one of the most frequently listed as one of the best (not high but at least top 10). This was the first of I believe three films with Sandler and Barrymore did and I think it’s their best. Their chemistry is off the charts and I think it’s great how they are good friends in real life. The writing is fantastic as well, my opinion one of the best written romantic comedies I’ve seen. The movie was adapted into a Broadway musical in 2006 and ran for a few months; this was actually the musical my high school did in my senior year and maybe I’m biased but I thought they did great. However as far as the movie goes I highly recommend The Wedding Singer for any night of the week, not just romantic or girls night.