A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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 & Scariness
A drunken fistfight outside a bar. The father of the bride punches the wedding singer.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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.
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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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The Wedding Singer is not the most original comedy, but it's cute, and Robbie's situation could inspire the start of a discussion about ethical choices. The movie 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.
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