The Wedding Singer

Year: 1998
Studio: New Line Cinema
Director: Frank Coraci
Writer: Tim Herlihy
Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Alan Covert, Christine Taylor

Adam Sandler was just conquering the world and this film was a masterstroke to cement his reputation. It was the cinematic equivalent of an 80s revival radio station and it understood there's we like more than to look back on our formative years with both fondness and the ability to laugh at how ridiculous some of the fashion and attitudes were. In that respect, it's actually a close cousin to the stage show (and movie) Mamma Mia – a singalong of a time we all know.

It's the 1980s and good-natured Robbie Hart (Sandler) wants nothing more than to marry his girlfriend Linda and make a living singing at weddings around town. But Linda wants him the way he was, dressed in spandex and licking the microphone like David Lee Roth, and leaves him stranded at the altar.

Robbie's heartbroken and wants nothing to do with the world or his Michael Jackson-afflicted friend Sammy (Covert), but when pretty wedding waitress Julia (Barrymore) catches his eye Robbie starts to come back to life. The only problem is that Julia's engaged to the brutish Glen, a bond trader who has money, a De Lorean with the theme from Miami Vice turned up to full volume and one of those new CD players.

It's another rendition of the classic boy-gets-girl tale, but the window dressing of endless 80s gags make it all the more fun.

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