The Wedding Singer

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Silly Adam Sandler romcom has profanity, drunken antics.
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  • Review Date: February 9, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The theme of "true love wins out in the end" is explored. A character who is glorified for sleeping with lots of women reveals that, deep down, he's very lonely and would like to find the right woman to fall in love with. 

Positive role models

Robbie does his best to continue pursuing his dreams of becoming a musician who plays in a band and performs his own songs and believes in true love, despite being jilted at the altar and the sexist attitudes of those around him. 

Violence

A drunken fistfight outside a bar. The father of the bride punches the wedding singer. 

Sex

Frequent sexual innuendo. On an airplane, reference is made to the "mile-high club." An elderly woman openly discusses her sex life. A speech given by a best man references the solicitation of prostitutes. Two men talk about a cocktail server's rear end. An elderly man grabs the rear end of a young female server. During a slow dance between the female lead character and an awkward tween boy, the boy reaches down and squeezes the rear end of his dance partner, prompting the other dancers to grab their partners' rear ends as a joke. 

Language

Frequent profanity: "s--t," "piss," "a--hole." A little boy calls a woman a "bitch." Sexual innuendo. Graphic talk of a cocktail server's rear end. An elderly woman speaks graphically about sex. Middle-finger gesture.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking at wedding receptions and bars. Underage drinking at a wedding reception; a teen boy gets very drunk and ends up vomiting in a Dumpster. The best man at a wedding is extremely drunk. The lead character drinks heavily after being jilted at his own wedding, is shown vomiting. Cigarette smoking. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Wedding Singer is a 1998 romantic comedy in which Adam Sandler plays a down-on-his-luck musician who is starting to realize he has found the true love of his life after being jilted at the altar by a materialistic long-time girlfriend. Raunchiness, expletives, and occasional drunk-and-disorderly situations abound; it might be too much for some tweens. Profanity includes "s--t" and "bitch." Mentions of prostitutes and the "mile-high club"; lots of characters grab other people's rear ends. In what is now a common-enough feature in Adam Sandler movies, both the very young and the very old use profanity or talk of inappropriate subject matter for the sake of laughs. 

What's the story?

Set in 1985, THE WEDDING SINGER stars Adam Sandler as Robbie Hart, a mullet-wearing singer-songwriter in New Jersey who performs love songs at weddings with his band, which includes a cross-dressing Boy George impersonator. Robbie's great talent isn't his singing but rather his peacemaking. At receptions he smoothly defuses embarrassing, alcohol-fueled blowups between angry in-laws, and he helps bitter best men sober up. Apparently Robbie's having been orphaned at age 10 motivates his ideals of marriage and tranquility. Thus it's a shattering blow when his own fiancée is a no-show at the altar. Now it's responsible Robbie's turn to lapse into drunken bitterness. The friends he's made at the party center help him through the bad time, especially Julia (Drew Barrymore), a waitress engaged to junk-bond dealer Glenn (Matthew Glave). Robbie uses his business connections to help plan Julia's wedding, and in the process the two fall in love. Robbie sees clearly that the Miami Vice-fixated Glenn is a self-centered rat who cares more about his DeLorean than he does for Julia.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The Wedding Singer never stops reminding viewers -- mostly via pop-music references -- that it's set in 1985. Fashions are inspired by Michael Jackson, unspeakable haircuts derive from the group Flock of Seagulls, Billy Idol cameos as himself, and a new $800 tabletop device called a CD player gives great sound (only nobody knows what CDs are).

Sandler is a perennial kids' favorite, thanks to a recurring shtick as a grown man who (mis)behaves like a little boy. This comedy nicely lets Sandler mature a little on-screen, partially by surrounding him with characters significantly dumber and less upstanding than Robbie. Robbie isn't pretentious or stuck on his own gallantry. He's polite in turning down sexual overtures from a Madonna wannabe, and he even tries to convince Glenn to treat Julia better before he realizes that he and Julia are a perfect match. It's not the most original comedy, but it's cute, and Robbie's situation could inspire the start of a discussion about ethical choices.

Families can talk about...

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  • What are some of the ways in which this movie adheres to the typical structure of a romantic comedy? 

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 14, 2004
DVD release date:September 14, 2004
Cast:Adam Sandler, Christine Taylor, Drew Barrymore
Director:Frank Coraci
Studio:New Line
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Misfits and underdogs
Run time:95 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexual content and profanity

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Teen, 14 years old Written byAuboisAcadiaStudios September 5, 2011

inappropriate for children, but it's a good movie

i like this movie a lot, but it's not appropriate for kids. There's a lot of drinking, swearing and sexual talk in this movie. But there's Adam Sandler and Drew barrymore when they were younger!!! 12 and up i think is okay if they are mature
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 12 year old Written bydramaqueen@hotm... August 31, 2011

Adam Sandler at his best!

funny movie great romantic comedy rated PG-13 good rating this i would let my kids watch this movie if i had any kids not a bad movie at all very good movie!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008

ADAM SANDLER ROCKS! AND HE'S A GREAT SINGER!

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