"The Wedding Singer" is a formulaic romantic comedy salvaged by a winning, underdog spirit. Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore go through all the paces, but the the film is infused with so much joy and energy that it all seems fresh again. Plus, Billy Idol's in it!My main beef with young Mr. Sandler's films is that he always gets the girl, no matter what an obnoxious dick he is. Whether it's the clownish goon of "Billy Madison" or the...um, goonish clown of "Happy Gilmore," chicks always give in to his juvenile charms.
"The Wedding Singer" rights that wrong by making Sandler funny and sweet--it's the first time I could actually imagine a good looking girl taking a chance on him. It helps that Barrymore is just as goofy and romantic--the two feel so right together that the ending barely even feels contrived.
This is romantic chemistry, right here--not that Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan shit. The movie will obviously end with these two finding each other, and dumping their respective fiancees in the process, but there's actually a spark behind the romantic comedy mechanics. For some strange reason, it all rings true.
Add to the generally good cast a sweet eighties soundtrack (if you don't know at least 75% of the songs played, you need to come out from under your rock and live a little) and energetic direction by Frank Coraci (who also helmed "The Waterboy," Sandler's utterly shitty follow up) and you've got a movie that is sure to please all those ready to check their brains at the door and think with their hearts.Damn, dog--did I mention Billy Idol was in this movie?