The Wedding Singer

Movie review by
Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Silly Adam Sandler romcom has profanity, drunken antics.
  • PG-13
  • 2004
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 31 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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
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. 

What 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. 

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Adult Written by[email protected] July 21, 2018

Movie was 1998 not 2004...

It's one of the better peak Adam Sandler movies and was followed up by Big Daddy.
Waterboy made the most money but largely off the back of the two movies t... Continue reading
Adult Written bygoodgirl June 25, 2015

Cute movie .

funny cute and puts me in a good mood. although there is language and Robbie singing drunk at a wedding but he's the good guy that gets the girl and marrie... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 22, 2020

Pretty good funny and not over the top romantic

Pretty good Adam Sandler comedy I would definitely watch it there is some swearing but nothing to bad has some positive messages and also at the end there’s tea... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byRichGirl1245 August 13, 2020

THEY GOT THE RELEASE DATE WRONG AGAIN!!!!!!!!

Hi everyone, just letting you know that CSM got the release date on this movie WRONG again!!!! It was actually released in 1998, not 2004. Funny, very funny. Ot... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

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  • How is this movie similar to and different from other movies starring Adam Sandler? 

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

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