The Wedding Singer
The Wedding Singer ★★½ 1997 (PG-13)
Despite almost nonexistent pacing and a script full of holes, “Singer” is an enjoyably goofy look at the mid ‘80s. Surprisingly toned-down and appealing Sandler is Robbie Hart, wedding singer, ultimate nice guy, and rock-star wanna-be, who's jilted at the altar. Waitress Barrymore is engaged to a skirt-chasing stock broker. It's immediately clear that they belong together, and the rest of the movie is spent on them chasing each other through various contrived obstacles, to the obvious ending. Features great cameos by punk-rocker Billy Idol, Jon Lovitz (as a rival wedding singer), and Steve Buscemi (excellent as the groom's jealous “dad always liked you best” brother). Musical highlight is Sandler's heartfelt rendition of the J. Geils Band's “Love Stinks.” Isn't it a little scary that we're already spoofing the ‘80s? 96m/C VHS, DVD . Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor, Allen Covert, Matthew Glave, Ellen A. Dow, Angela Featherstone, Alexis Arquette, Christina Pickles, Jon Lovitz, Steve Buscemi, Kevin Nealon; Cameos: Billy Idol; D: Frank Coraci; W: Tim Herlihy; C: Tim Suhrstedt; M: Teddy Castellucci. MTV Movie Awards ‘98: Kiss (Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore).