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Encyclopedia > The Wedding Singer
The Wedding Singer
Directed by Frank Coraci
Produced by Robert Simonds
Written by Tim Herlihy
Starring Adam Sandler
Drew Barrymore
Christine Taylor
Allen Covert
Angela Featherstone
Matthew Glave
Christina Pickles
Alexis Arquette
Billy Idol
Music by Teddy Castellucci
Cindy Wilson
Cinematography Tim Suhrstedt
Editing by Tom Lewis
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) 13 February 1998
Running time 95 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $21,000,000
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The Wedding Singer is a 1998 romantic comedy film written by Tim Herlihy and directed by Frank Coraci that stars Adam Sandler as Robbie Hart, a wedding singer, and Drew Barrymore as Julia Sullivan, the object of his affections. Image File history File links Wedding_singer. ... Frank Coraci (b. ... Robert Simonds is a producer of American comedy movies. ... Tim Herlihy is a 40 year old American screen actor, movie producer, screenplay writer, and Broadway show book writer . ... Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, producer, and musician. ... Drew Blyth Barrymore (born February 22, 1975) is an American actress and film producer. ... For the Playboy model, see Christi Taylor. ... Allen Covert is a Florida-born comedian and actor. ... Angela Featherstone (born on 3 April 1965 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian actress. ... Actor Matthew Glave has appeared in a multitude of popular television shows throughout the 90s and today. ... Christina Pickles (born on February 17, 1935 in Yorkshire, United Kingdom) is a British-born American actress. ... Alexis Arquette (born on January 1, 1969 in Los Angeles, California) is a transgendered American actress, musician, L.A. area underground cartoonist, and drag performer who is part of a family of actors including siblings Patricia, David, Richmond, and Rosanna Arquette, her father Lewis Arquette and her grandfather Cliff Arquette. ... Billy Idol (born William Michael Albert Broad, 30 November 1955 in Middlesex) is an English rock musician. ... Cindy Wilson, born Cynthia Leigh Wilson on February 28th, 1957. ... Tim Suhrstedt is a prolific cinematographer with nearly 30 years of film-making experience. ... Various people share the name Tom Lewis: Tom Lewis the Canadian folksinger/songwriter Tom Lewis the British obstetrican This is a disambiguation page — a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... New Line Cinema, founded in 1967, is one of the major American film studios. ... February 13 is the 44th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... Romantic comedy films are a sub-genre of comedy films as well as of romance films. ... Tim Herlihy is a 40 year old American screen actor, movie producer, screenplay writer, and Broadway show book writer . ... Frank Coraci (b. ... Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, producer, and musician. ... Nubian wedding with some international modern touches, near Aswan, Egypt Preparing for the photographs, at a wedding in Thornbury Castle, England A traditional Japanese wedding ceremony A wedding is a ceremony which celebrates the beginning of a marriage. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... Drew Blyth Barrymore (born February 22, 1975) is an American actress and film producer. ...


The Wedding Singer was also adapted into a stage musical, debuting on Broadway in early 2006 and closing on New Year's Eve. Information on the musical version can be found here: The Wedding Singer (musical). The Fantasticks was the longest-running musical in history. ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The Wedding Singer has been adapted into a Broadway musical. ...

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Plot

Robbie Hart (Sandler), a wedding singer, is looking forward to his own upcoming wedding to his long-time girlfriend, Linda (Featherstone). He's singing at the last gig he has before his own nuptials when he meets the reception hall's new waitress, Julia (Barrymore). She is engaged, too, to a man named Glenn Gulia.


The day of Robbie's wedding arrives and when the bride is supposed to come down the aisle, Robbie instead sees his own sister, who has a note. Apparently Linda "isn't coming." Robbie is deated. His friends and family try to cheer him up, but he's a wreck. Linda finally arrives at Robbie's house and explains that she is not in love with the way he is now -- that she only loves the way he used to be, when he was in a "real" band, not a wedding cover band. A cover band (or covers band) is a band that plays only cover songs. ...


Robbie tries to go back to his work, but it does not go well. His miserable situation gets in the way of his ability to entertain guests at weddings. Julia, the waitress, tries to cheer him up, and asks him for a favor. She asks him to help her plan her wedding, because of his experience with weddings. He's reluctant to, at first, but eventually agrees.


As Robbie and Julia begin to spend more time together, they start to become closer. Julia asks Robbie what went wrong with Linda, and Robbie admits that he should have known that Linda wasn't the one, because once, when they were flying over the Grand Canyon, Linda wouldn't change places with him to let him look out the window, even though she had seen it before. Robbie asks how she knew that Glenn was the one, and Julia says that she knew she wanted someone she could grow old with -- "and Glenn will make a really good-looking older man." The Grand Canyon is a very colorful, steep-sided gorge, carved by the Colorado River, in the U.S. state of Arizona. ...


Julia's cousin, Holly, asks to be set up on a double date with Robbie and Glenn. Julia gets jealous and ends up drinking until she gets sick. While the girls are in the bathroom, Robbie has a chance to see Glenn in action. It turns out Glenn is a womanizer who has been cheating on Julia frequently for some time and doesn't intend to stop after marrying her. Meanwhile, Holly is confused when Robbie turns down her advances -- until she realizes that Robbie has a crush on Julia. In an attempt to win Julia, Robbie goes to get a job downtown, one with "security", why Julia is marrying Glenn according to Holly. He ends up embarrassing himself, however, with his lack of real world knowledge. This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Julia and Robbie both grow more confused as their feelings grow stronger. Robbie finally decides to tell Julia how he feels, but mistakenly gets the impression that she is happy to be marrying Glenn and changes his mind. Heartbroken, he gets very drunk and stumbled home, to find Linda, his ex-fiance, waiting for him by his house. She tells him she wants to get back together, and Robbie reels and passes out. In the morning, Julia decides to tell Robbie how she feels, but she is astonished when Linda answers Robbie's door, wearing only a Van Halen t-shirt. Julia says, "You must be Linda," and Linda says, "Yeah, that's me, Robbie's fiancee." Julia is gone by the time Robbie wakes up and kicks Linda out. Meanwhile, Julia, now hopeless, wakes Glenn up and tells him she wants to get married right away, and he happily offers to go to Las Vegas with her. Van Halen is an American hard rock band. ... This article is about the city of Las Vegas in Nevada. ...


Back at home, Robbie is inspired by a 50th wedding anniversary celebration to go after Julia. Julia's cousin Holly arrives just in time to let him know that Julia has gone off to Vegas to marry Glenn. Robbie, Holly, and Robbie's friend Sammy go off to the airport and Robbie gets on the next plane to Vegas. He has to buy a first class ticket, since the coach tickets are sold out. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Julia and Glenn are on a plane already, and it becomes even more obvious how wrong Glenn is for Julia. "Do you want to have some fun and gamble, or do you just want to get married?" asks Glenn. "I just want to get married," answers Julia. When Julia asks if she can switch seats so she can see the "lights of Vegas," Glenn will not switch, further showing how wrong Glenn is for Julia. He also rudely ignores Julia when her arm gets bumped by the drinks cart that is being pushed up the aisle, yet asks her for a beer when it comes back. Gambling (or betting) is any behavior involving the risk of money or valuables on the outcome of a game, contest, or other event in which the outcome of that activity is partially or totally dependent upon chance. ...


Robbie makes some friends in first class, including Billy Idol (playing himself). He finds himself telling his whole story to the enthralled fellow passengers on the plane. When a flight attendant (Shanna Moakler) comes in complaining about a rude man in coach, Robbie figures out that Glenn is on the plane -- and that Julia must be on the plane with him! With the help of Billy Idol and the plane's staff, Robbie sings over the loudspeaker a song he has just written about his love for Julia, "Grow Old With You". He emerges from behind a curtain and sings to an ecstatic Julia. Billy Idol and other passengers and crew team up to shove Glenn into a lavatory, and Julia and Robbie confess their mutual love. Billy Idol (born William Michael Albert Broad, 30 November 1955 in Middlesex) is an English rock musician. ... Shanna Lynn Moakler (born March 28, 1975 in Barrington, Rhode Island) is an American model, actor and reality television star. ...


The movie closes as Julia and Robbie get married, as the band, with Steve Buscemi on guitar and vocals, plays the song "True". Steven Vincent Buscemi (born December 13, 1957) is an American actor and film director. ... True is a song by the band Spandau Ballet. ...


Trivia

  • Robbie tells Linda at one point to "Get out of my Van Halen T-shirt before you jinx the band and they break up". David Lee Roth did leave Van Halen in 1985, the year in which the film is set.
  • The character George is a spoof of Boy George.
  • In the episode of The Simpsons titled "Kill the Alligator and Run", Homer makes a reference to this film with his line "Bring on the rappin' Granny!", though this could also be a reference to Howard Stern Show regular "Rapping Granny".
  • In the scene in which Robbie is left at the altar, a string version of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" is played. At the end when Robbie and Julia get married, Spandau Ballet's "True" is sung by Steve Buscemi's character, the drunk best man from the first wedding, now this wedding's band leader.
  • The wedding Photographer who thinks Robbie and Julia are a couple mentions they are meant to be together forever like Woody Allen & Mia Farrow, Donald Trump & Ivana Trump and Burt Reynolds & Loni Anderson. While married through the 1980's, all these couples were divorced by the 1990's (Allen and Farrow were never actually married).
  • The film is set in Ridgefield, New Jersey in 1985, yet the fashions and music styles featured was a mix from 1980-1985.
  • The Canadian band Boys Night Out have a song called "I Got Punched In the Nose For Sticking My Face In Other People's Business," based upon the quote made by the character Glen Gulia.
  • Set in 1985, the film prominently features New Wave style music, as well as various others from that era.
  • In 2000, readers of Total Film magazine voted The Wedding Singer the 43rd greatest comedy film of all time.
  • The film's two stars, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, re-teamed in the 2004 romantic comedy 50 First Dates.
  • This film is number 7 on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies."
  • The DeLorean used in the film is missing the DMC logo on the front grille.

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Wedding Singer (304 words)
In The Wedding Singer, this comedian &emdash; whose leading roles have ranged from the infantile Billy Madison to the puerile Happy Gilmore &emdash; is playing, of all things, a grown-up, down-to-earth and basically really nice guy.
The singer in a popular wedding band, he can charm a roomful of reception guests, diffuse awkward family situations with ease, and make the bride and groom feel like they actually are the perfect little figures on top of the multi-tiered cake.
The Wedding Singer is set in 1985 and writer Tim Herlihy ("Saturday Night Live") and director Frank Coraci milk the fashion and music of the era for all its worth.
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