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I recently saw the Broadway version of “The Wedding Singer,” one of the few Adam Sandler films that I like. The production in question was not the cool one on Broadway that features one of my favorite performers, Stephen Lynch, in the title role, but a touring version at Harrahs in Atlantic City. I wasn’t really expecting much but was very pleasantly surprised.
The show is actually a fun time trip back to the 1980s, specifically 1985, but the in-jokes and references span the whole decade. The original songs are energetic and fun, some bearing a neat resemblance to the actual 80s songs from the Sandler flick. Of note are “Come Out of the Dumpster” and “Casualty of Love.”
The thing that struck me the most odd, and I had to wonder how many of the audience got the jokes and references in the show because of their age. You could tell how many people had lived through the 1980s at a relevant age by the laughs, but for the most part – this being a show at a casino – the audience was full of blue hairs, walkers and canes. I can’t for the life of me believe they enjoyed, or understood “The Wedding Singer” even a little bit.
For me however, it was a surprising and entertaining time. Recommended, even at a casino.
ONLY FOR DREW
A Video Review of The Wedding Singer
Copyright 2002 Glenn Walker
This one has got so many things that should make me hate it. It’s got karaoke, it’s a sappy love story and most of all it’s got Adam Sandler – the kiss of death. But, I do kinda like it, if only for Drew Barrymore.
I think I might actually even pay to see Ms. Barrymore read the phone book in a muumuu. Even though Adam Sandler is in this, it is better than the phone book muumuu thing.
I love 1980s music, not enough to listen to radio stations that program eighties music (sorry, there’s only so many times a sane mind can hear “Hey Mickey” and “Safety Dance” in one day before going on a shooting spree) but I did grow up in the time so it holds a warm spot in my heart.
Sandler doesn’t use any stupid voices or act mentally retarded and is tolerable as The Wedding Singer who falls for a waitress (the irrepressible Drew) about to get married. Everything works out for the best (duh) and we get a lovely cameo by Billy Idol (my god, that must be one hell of a painting he’s got in his attic) who helps Sandler court Drew and a whole lot of eighties music. This soundtrack is like a K-Tel album from hell.
Christine Taylor (Marcia of The Brady Bunch) is sexy as ever and Steve Buscemi (as always) steals the movie by being the Steve Buscemi-est. And don’t miss the old lady doing karaoke of “Rappers Delight.” Get the DVD, corny as it sounds, the DVD has karaoke and it’s funny.
Come for the music, stay for the Drew, you won’t regret it.
The above previously published at Project: Popcorn
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“SEE? I DON’T HATE EVERY ADAM SANDLER MOVIE”
A Video Review of Happy Gilmore
Copyright 2003 Glenn Walker
Anyone who read more than a few of my movie reviews will tell you I have a problem with Adam Sandler. That’s really not true. My opinion has nothing to do with how untalented, unfunny or ultimately how freaking annoying Mr. Sandler is. It’s just fact.
There are one or two Adam Sandler films that I actually like (The Wedding Singer, for instance) and can watch without retching (although it should be noted I have not seen every Adam Sandler film (there is a God) so I might be missing some hidden treasure but I doubt it).
Happy Gilmore is one I can stand. Just when you thought the Caddyshack movies (my god, it hurts that there were more than one, doesn’t it?) had used up all the golf jokes, you get this flick.
It’s an amusing premise; Sandler is an ex-hockey player with an uncanny golf ability who tries to play the game to make money for his grandmother. He doesn’t do any stupid voices. The story is predictable but funny. The fight with Bob Barker is classic. “The price is wrong, bitch!”
See? I don’t hate every Adam Sandler film.