Owen Gleiberman
March 05, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Wedding Singer

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
97 minutes
performer
Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Allen Covert, Ellen Albertini Dow, Christine Taylor
director
Frank Coraci
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Tim Herlihy
genre
Comedy, Romance

We gave it a B-

Adam Sandler, looking like the offspring of Bob Dylan and Rick Springfield, plays Robbie, a once-aspiring rock star who ekes out a living as a wedding singer. The year is 1985, and Robbie, ditched at the altar, meets Julia (Drew Barrymore), a beautiful waitress. Will Julia figure out that her smarmy, Miami Vice-jacketed, compulsively unfaithful jerk of a fiancé is unworthy of her affections? What starts out as a funky Adam Sandler karaoke show, complete with a K-Tel array of new-wave singles, turns into the most trifling of love stories. They should have stuck with Sandler puttin? on the hits, paying homage to what you didn?t know until now were the good old days.

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