Volume 91, Issue 77

Tuesday, February 17, 1998

sugar daddy


Nice day for a white wedding

By Lisa Weaver
Gazette Staff

Welcome to 1985. A time of parachute pants, neon colours, big hair – and sappy movies about teenage love. The Wedding Singer is the latest film to capitalize on the retro trend, but it does so in an entertaining and lighthearted way, thus presenting an interesting story amid an '80s backdrop.

Adam Sandler stars as Robbie Hart, a romantic, lovable guy who happens to have a mediocre but enjoyable job as a wedding singer. This doesn't appeal to the material girls of the '80s, so Hart is left a lonely bachelor. That is, until he meets Julia, (Drew Barrymore), a bride-to-be who asks him for help in planning her wedding. Robbie can't help but fall in love with Julia and will do anything necessary to make her his wife.

Sandler is perfect in his first role as a lead in a romantic comedy. It is definitely a different concept for him, as fans of his previous films will be surprised that it lacks much of the typical brand of humour that has made him so popular. Fans shouldn't be dismayed, however, because as sappy as Sandler is in The Wedding Singer, he's still a truly funny guy – which is accentuated well by the '80s wig he wears throughout the film. Barrymore is also great in her performance as the love interest. Her innocent persona and sunny smile add a sense of total believability to her role, as though she is simply acting as herself.

The supporting actors of The Wedding Singer provide most of the laugh-out-loud humour. Billy Idol, John Lovitz and Steve Buscemi have surprising roles throughout the film. Alexis Arquette plays George, a member of Robbie's band, who does a hilarious job of impersonating Boy George. Ellen Albertini Dow is also notable as the happily married (yet very senile) woman that Robbie teaches to sing to her husband at their 50th wedding anniversary.

This film definitely had intelligent marketing personnel, as its release the day before Valentine's Day was right on the mark. How could anyone resist the mushy lines and romantic chemistry between Sandler and Barrymore? The couple is just too cute.

The soundtrack to The Wedding Singer is also purely enjoyable. It is similar to Grosse Pointe Blank, filled with memorable '80s tracks. In this film, however, the music complements and interacts with the plot. One good example is when Robbie is at his lowest, broken-hearted moment, wallowing in self pity – and the Cure's "Boys Don't Cry" is heard in the background. Sandler's performance as the wedding singer is also well done and the film allows his to showcase his other great talent – singing.

Admittedly, The Wedding Singer is not for everyone. It is incredibly romantic, exploits the '80s theme way too much and confirms heterosexual marital social ideals. If you look past all that – which is usually the best thing to do with Hollywood films – you are left with a simple love story, so for a least 95 minutes we can all believe that the boy always gets the girl.

©Kimberly Wright

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