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The Wedding Singer 1998 ****

Frank Coraci’s 1998 comedy looks back to the 80’s, but seems like a time-capsule of the late 90’s now. Was Adam Sandler ever so charming? Was Drew Barrymore ever so cute? Could rom-coms be so breezy and carefree, light on sex-jokes and with just a few relevant cultural references to pin the story on? Comparing The Wedding Singer with a leaden new generation project like 27 Dresses or Friends With Benefits suggests we didn’t know the good times until they were gone. Sandler plays Robbie, a wedding singer who falls for Julia (Barrymore), but they already have weddings planned to other people. Things are resolved throw a few funny songs from Sandler, great cameos from Steve Buscemi and Jon Lovitz, and a sunny disposition all round; comedy romance seems to have become somewhat sour since 1998, making The Wedding Singer something of a throw-back to a throwback.

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