The Wedding Singer

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This article is about the 1998 film. For the 2006 musical, see The Wedding Singer (musical).
The Wedding Singer
The Wedding Singer film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Frank Coraci
Produced by Robert Simonds
Jack Giarraputo
Written by Tim Herlihy
Starring Adam Sandler
Drew Barrymore
Christine Taylor
Music by Teddy Castellucci
Cinematography Tim Suhrstedt
Edited by Tom Lewis
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release dates
  • February 13, 1998 (1998-02-13)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $18 million
Box office $123.3 million

The Wedding Singer is a 1998 American romantic comedy film written by Tim Herlihy and directed by Frank Coraci. It stars Adam Sandler as a wedding singer in the 1980s and Drew Barrymore as a waitress with whom he falls in love. The film was produced by Robert Simonds for $18 million and grossed $80.2 million in the United States and $123.3 million worldwide.[1] The Wedding Singer was a box office hit and critically acclaimed with many calling it Sandler's best movie.[citation needed] Many have praised the chemistry of Sandler and Barrymore.[citation needed]

The film was later adapted into a musical stage musical with the same title, debuting on Broadway in April 2006 and closing on New Year's Eve of that same year.


In 1985, Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler) is an engaging and entertaining wedding singer from Ridgefield, New Jersey. He is engaged to his long-time girlfriend, Linda (Angela Featherstone), who was attracted to him at a time when he dreamed of becoming a rock star. Robbie meets and befriends a waitress, Julia Sullivan (Drew Barrymore), at the reception hall where he regularly performs. Julia is also engaged to businessman Glenn Guglia (Matthew Glave) and he promises to sing at their wedding.

On their wedding day, Robbie's sister Kate informs him about Linda changing her mind about the wedding, leaving Robbie emotionally devastated and humiliated. Later that day, Linda visits Robbie and he confronts her for leaving him at the altar, rather than tell him the truth so they can cancel the wedding. She reveals that she stopped loving him when she found out that he lost his ambitions of being a rock star and instead became a wedding singer. Linda tells Robbie that after talking to her friends, she realizes she cannot continue lying to herself and ends their relationship. He tries to move forward with his life, but despair hinders his performances. Julia tries to cheer him up and later asks him to help her plan her own wedding. Robbie eventually agrees and their friendship blossoms. Meanwhile, as he spends more time with Julia, Robbie begins to realize how shallow Linda is. During a double date between Julia and Glenn, and Julia's cousin, Holly (Christine Taylor), Robbie learns that Glenn frequently cheats on Julia and does not plan to stop after being married.

Julia and Robbie are increasingly confused by their deepening feelings for each other. Robbie tells Julia he has plans to retire from singing and pursue a more conventional career, thinking that will impress Julia. She becomes angry with him for assuming that she is marrying Glenn for his money (although she is under pressure from her worried parents to do just that so she will not tread water as they have). Dismayed, Robbie goes to a bar where his friend Sammy (Allen Covert) says that guys who refuse to settle down get forgotten, using the example of once-popular TV shows featuring single swinging guys that got cancelled due to the same old schtick, which inspires Robbie to proceed to the Sullivan house to tell Julia how he feels. When he arrives, he sees her through her bedroom window. She is wearing her wedding dress, to which Robbie mistakenly concludes that she is looking forward to marrying Glenn. In actuality, she is expressing doubts about Glenn, particularly her new name of Julia Gulia and imagines herself as Robbie's bride would be nice, hence her imagined glee.

Heartbroken, Robbie leaves to get drunk and finds Glenn in the midst of his pre-bachelor party party. After a heated exchange, Glenn punches Robbie and proceeds to mock him. An intoxicated Robbie goes home and finds Linda waiting for him and wanting to reconcile. Robbie passes out, but the following morning, Linda answers the door and introduces herself as Robbie's fiancée to a crestfallen Julia. Julia runs to Glenn, wanting to be married immediately. Glenn happily offers to take her to Las Vegas. Before getting on the plane and during the flight, Julia begins to show regret for planning to marry Glenn.

Robbie awakens and after shaking off his hangover from the previous night, tells Linda that it's over and kicks her out. Then Robbie attends the 50th wedding anniversary party of his friend Rosie (to whom he has been giving singing lessons). Inspired by this and with Rosie's encouragement, he decides to pursue Julia. Just then, Holly arrives and asks Robbie if he is still with Linda. He reveals he ended it with Linda and learns of Julia's plans to marry Glenn. Robbie, Sammy and Holly rush to the airport, where Robbie books a flight to Las Vegas. He gets a first class ticket because all coach seats are sold out. After telling his story to an empathetic audience in first class, which includes Billy Idol (playing himself, sporting his 1980s trademark spiked hairdo and biker attire), Robbie learns that Glenn and Julia are on the same flight as he peeps through the curtain separating first class and coach. Over the loudspeaker and with the help of Idol and the flight crew, Robbie sings a song he has written called "Grow Old With You," which he has dedicated to Julia. When he enters the coach area, Glenn tries to attack him, only for his path to be blocked by a male flight attendant and Idol both pushing refreshment carts. When Glenn threatens Idol, a burly Idol fan also wearing biker attire forces Glenn down the aisle and a female flight attendant he tried seducing earlier pushes him into the cabin bathroom. Robbie and Julia admit their love for each other and after Idol briefly interrupts them to offer Robbie support in fulfilling his dream of being a songwriter, they share a kiss. The film ends as the scene fades to a similar kiss, this time at their wedding.

Cast and characters[edit]


The film had a budget of $18 million and received $123,306,987 worldwide[2] in ticket sales. It opened at the number 2 spot in the US with $18,865,080[3] in the United States, behind Titanic.

The film received generally positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 67% based on reviews from 61 critics, with an average rating of 6.1/10.[4]

The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:


Two soundtrack albums for The Wedding Singer, called The Wedding Singer and The Wedding Singer Volume 2, were released, both in 1998. The film contained many scenes of singing at weddings, with songs performed by the film's cast. The soundtrack albums, for the most part, contained the original versions of these songs instead, as well as songs that were in the background during the film and original songs and dialogue from the film. Only for "Rapper's Delight" was the film's rendition (by Ellen Dow), used, in combination with the original recording.

The track listing of the first album is:

  1. "Video Killed the Radio Star" (originally performed by The Buggles), performed by The Presidents of the United States of America
  2. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", performed by Culture Club
  3. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic", performed by The Police
  4. "How Soon Is Now?", performed by The Smiths
  5. "Love My Way", performed by The Psychedelic Furs
  6. "Hold Me Now", performed by Thompson Twins
  7. "Everyday I Write the Book", performed by Elvis Costello
  8. "White Wedding", performed by Billy Idol
  9. "China Girl", performed by David Bowie
  10. "Blue Monday", performed by New Order
  11. "Pass the Dutchie", performed by Musical Youth
  12. "Have You Written Anything Lately?"
  13. "Somebody Kill Me", written by Adam Sandler and Tim Herlihy, performed by Adam Sandler
  14. "Rapper's Delight" (medley), performed by Sugarhill Gang and Ellen Dow

The track listing of the second album is:

  1. "Too Shy", performed by Kajagoogoo
  2. "It's All I Can Do", performed by The Cars
  3. "True", performed by Spandau Ballet
  4. "Space Age Love Song", performed by A Flock of Seagulls
  5. "Private Idaho", performed by The B-52's
  6. "Money (That's What I Want)", performed by Flying Lizards
  7. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)", performed by Dead or Alive
  8. "Just Can't Get Enough", performed by Depeche Mode
  9. "Love Stinks", performed by The J. Geils Band
  10. "You Make My Dreams", performed by Hall & Oates
  11. "Holiday", performed by Madonna
  12. "Grow Old With You", written by Adam Sandler and Tim Herlihy, performed by Adam Sandler

Songs and renditions that appeared in the movie, but were not included in the soundtrack albums, were:

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1998 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
Preceded by
Mezzanine by Massive Attack
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
May 10–16, 1998
Succeeded by
Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk
by Jeff Buckley


  1. ^ "The Wedding Singer". Box Office Mojo. 
  2. ^ "The Wedding Singer (1998)". Box Office Mojo. IMDB. 2012-12-06. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  3. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for February 13-15, 1998". Box Office Mojo. IMBD. Retrieved 2011-03-11. 
  4. ^ "The Wedding Singer". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  5. ^ "AFI's 10 Top 10 Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-19. 

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