An Adam Sandler film made since 2000 that’s actually funny is something of a rarity. Delve back to before then, when he wasn’t a huge star and they’re slightly more common. The Wedding Singer is one such film. It shows Sandler at his best – slightly goofy but ultimately charming.
I keep saying that I don’t like Adam Sandler, yet whenever I’ve had a few beers I find myself drawn to his films. I don’t know if this is because I know it will be easy to watch or if my drunk self is secretly attracted to him, but it keeps happening. It could also be the effects of ‘The Sandler Potential’ that I’ve previously written about.
But the reasons why I watched The Wedding Singer aren’t important. What is important is that the film is actually quite decent. I wouldn’t say it was great but if you’re after a nostalgia-loaded trip to the 80’s you probably won’t find a better example (except any film made in the 80’s).
With terrible haircuts, a cameo from Billy Idol and a soundtrack featuring almost 80’s song you can name – I seriously think they must have used a “Now 80’s” album for music rights or something – it is a film which wholeheartedly embraces the era it’s set in.
Sandler playing the titular wedding singer also creates a character that’s believable and who you want to succeed. Yes, it is a similar character to what he is known to play; but in this film, you feel that he actually invested in the character and found something unique. It’s actually charming and shows he can act (although all those films with Kevin James might have sapped his ability).
The Wedding Singer is not a great film and it doesn’t try to be. It simply a trip back to the 80’s with music jokes and a tender love story.
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