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History Film / TheWeddingSinger

13th Mar '16 9:22:48 AM Josef5678
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* KavorkaMan: Robbie is no great looker with a loser job and a HairTriggerTemper, but he manages to reel in one gorgeous woman after another.
13th Mar '16 9:03:28 AM Josef5678
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* TheEighties: Set entirely in 1985 and is jam-packed with 1980s pop culture references. That said, some of these references may come across as slightly anachronistic, e.g. a reference to ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' and the infamous "Who shot J.R.?" plotline, which in 1985 was already four-five years old, and the '88 mix of "Blue Monday" by Music/NewOrder being played at the disco. Then again, the film is a period piece.
* EightiesHair: Seen everywhere, and lampshaded with the Flock of Seagulls fan who works as a ticket clerk at the airport.



* AnachronismStew: Apparently, everything 80s happened in 1985. For instance, [[Series/{{Dallas}} JR was shot five years before the film's setting]], but it's treated as it just happened here. It's a [[FilmsUsingRuleOfFunny film using the rule of funny]] to pop off as many references as it can, so it's OK.

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* AnachronismStew: Apparently, everything 80s happened in 1985. For instance, [[Series/{{Dallas}} JR was shot five years before the film's setting]], but it's treated as it just happened here. It's a [[FilmsUsingRuleOfFunny [[AnachronismStew/FilmsUsingRuleOfFunny film using the rule of funny]] to pop off as many references as it can, so it's OK.



* AntiLoveSong / BreakUpSong: "Love Stinks", which is, believe it or not, a real song, recorded by Music/TheJGeilsBand in 1980, and is included on the film's soundtrack.

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* AntiLoveSong / BreakUpSong: AntiLoveSong: "Love Stinks", which is, believe it or not, a real song, recorded by Music/TheJGeilsBand in 1980, and is included on the film's soundtrack.



* DisposableFiance: The "evil all along" variation.
** Robbie was this to his fiancée Linda, but since he's the central character, her decision to leave him is portrayed as shallow and mean. Even so, Linda is less cartoonishly evil than Glenn, who is depicted as a being violent, lecherous liar.

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* DisposableFiance: The "evil all along" variation.
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variation. Robbie was this to his fiancée Linda, but since he's the central character, her decision to leave him is portrayed as shallow and mean. Even so, Linda is less cartoonishly evil than Glenn, who is depicted as a being violent, lecherous liar.



* TheEighties: Set entirely in 1985 and is jam-packed with 1980s pop culture references.
** That said, some of these references may come across as slightly anachronistic, e.g. a reference to ''Dallas'' and the infamous "Who shot J.R.?" plotline, which in 1985 was already four-five years old, and the '88 mix of "Blue Monday" by Music/NewOrder being played at the disco. Then again, the film is a period piece.
* EightiesHair: Seen everywhere, and lampshaded with the Flock of Seagulls fan who works as a ticket clerk at the airport.



* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Combined with AnalogyBackfire in hindsight: Sammy talks about being miserable because he never settled down, saying that he modeled his look after Vinnie Barbarino (played by John Travolta) and how "[Travolta's] show got cancelled!" because "No one wants to see a fifty-year-old guy hitting on chicks". Travolta, of course, ended up having a big comeback with ''Film/PulpFiction'' and became a sex symbol again.
** Also used in the musical during Glen's number, where he comments that "nobody would pay for a cup of coffee" and "Betamax... It's genius! Buy as much stock as you can!"
** Other versions of the song replace Beta with New Coke.

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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: ItWillNeverCatchOn:
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Combined with AnalogyBackfire in hindsight: Sammy talks about being miserable because he never settled down, saying that he modeled his look after Vinnie Barbarino (played by John Travolta) and how "[Travolta's] show got cancelled!" because "No one wants to see a fifty-year-old guy hitting on chicks". Travolta, of course, ended up having a big comeback with ''Film/PulpFiction'' and became a sex symbol again.
** Also used in In the musical during Glen's number, where he comments that "nobody would pay for a cup of coffee" and "Betamax... It's genius! Buy as much stock as you can!"
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can!". Other versions of the song replace Beta with New Coke.



* JerkAss: Glenn Gulia nicely fills the "dick boyfriend" role that many romantic comedies have.

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* JerkAss: JerkAss:
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Glenn Gulia nicely fills the "dick boyfriend" role that many romantic comedies have.



** Also Linda, the woman who left Robbie at the altar.

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** Also Linda, the woman who left Robbie at the altar.



* LoveEpiphany: This happens to both Robbie and Julia. Debatable as to where it does happen. However Julia's is more clear, I would argue it happens when her friend asks why she wants to marry Glen anyway; to which she collapses on the table - realising she actually loves Robbie
* AManIsAlwaysEager: Subverted. After their date, Holly flat-out tells Robbie that she's willing and eager to have sex with him. He turns her down because he's in love with Julia.

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* LoveEpiphany: This happens to both Robbie and Julia. Debatable as to where it does happen. However Julia's is more clear, I would argue clear; it happens when her friend asks why she wants to marry Glen anyway; anyway, to which she collapses on the table - realising realizing she actually loves Robbie
Robbie.
* AManIsAlwaysEager: Subverted.{{Inverted|Trope}}. After their date, Holly flat-out tells Robbie that she's willing and eager to have sex with him. He turns her down because he's in love with Julia.



* MusicalWorldHypotheses: Diegetic type.

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* MusicalWorldHypotheses: Diegetic type. The titular wedding singer performs the musical numbers for the characters InUniverse.



* PissTakeRap: The Rappin' Granny, who, at her 50th wedding anniversary, belts out "Rappers Delight" ''flawlessly''.

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* PissTakeRap: {{Averted|Trope}} for The Rappin' Granny, who, at her 50th wedding anniversary, belts out "Rappers Delight" ''flawlessly''.
23rd Feb '16 8:32:17 PM Bdem
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* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Robbie can't bring himself to tell Julia how he feels when he sees how happy she looks in her window (despite it not being for the reason he thinks).
3rd Jan '16 6:44:31 AM tvinsomne
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* MoodWhiplash: For comedic purposes. An emotive song about everlasting love is followed by... ''The Rapping Grandma!''.
23rd Dec '15 11:31:42 PM spirasen
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** The clerk at the airport has a Flock of Seagulls-style haircut (which is immediately pointed out).
** George is an impersonator of Boy George from Culture Club.

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** The clerk at the airport has a Flock of Seagulls-style Music/AFlockOfSeagulls-style haircut (which is immediately pointed out).
** George is an impersonator of Boy George from Culture Club.Music/CultureClub.



* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: [[spoiler:Robbie figures out that Glenn and Julia are on the same plane because one of the stewardesses said that a coach passenger told her she was "grade-A, top-choice meat." Glenn had said the same thing about a waitress halfway through the movie.]]
* TakeThat: Robbie saying, "Get out of my Music/VanHalen T-shirt before you jinx the band and they break up."
** A CallBack of sorts to the scene in ''Film/{{Airheads}}'' when the Lone Rangers try to determine if someone is a policeman by asking who he sided with in the Van [=Halen=] vs. Music/DavidLeeRoth split. The guy says "Van Halen," and they say, "He's a cop."[[note]]Message: a true fan would have said Roth.[[/note]]
* TwentyMinutesIntoThePast: Released in 1998, takes place in 1985.
* WeddingDeadline: Played straight in the musical, but averted in the film; the break-up happens on the plane to Las Vegas.

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* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: [[spoiler:Robbie [[spoiler: Robbie figures out that Glenn and Julia are on the same plane because one of the stewardesses said that a coach passenger told her she was "grade-A, top-choice meat." Glenn had said the same thing about a waitress halfway through the movie.]]
* TakeThat: Robbie saying, saying: "Get out of my Music/VanHalen T-shirt before you jinx the band and they break up."
** A CallBack of sorts to the scene in ''Film/{{Airheads}}'' when the Lone Rangers try to determine if someone is a policeman by asking who he sided with in the Van [=Halen=] Music/VanHalen vs. Music/DavidLeeRoth split. The guy says "Van Halen," and they say, "He's a cop."[[note]]Message: a " [[note]]Message: A true fan would have said Roth.[[/note]]
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* TwentyMinutesIntoThePast: Released in 1998, takes place in 1985.
1985.
* WeddingDeadline: Played straight in the musical, but averted in the film; the break-up happens on the plane to Las Vegas.
25th Oct '15 6:50:09 AM spookyUser
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** Also used in the musical during Glen's number, where he comments that "nobody would pay $3 for a cup of coffee" and "Betamax... It's genius! Buy as much stock as you can!"

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** Also used in the musical during Glen's number, where he comments that "nobody would pay $3 pay for a cup of coffee" and "Betamax... It's genius! Buy as much stock as you can!"



* LoveEpiphany

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* LoveEpiphanyLoveEpiphany: This happens to both Robbie and Julia. Debatable as to where it does happen. However Julia's is more clear, I would argue it happens when her friend asks why she wants to marry Glen anyway; to which she collapses on the table - realising she actually loves Robbie
22nd Oct '15 9:23:58 PM SirVancelot131
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* InLoveWithLove: Applies somewhat to Robbie, who has dreamed of falling in love and getting married since he was little.

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* InLoveWithLove: Applies somewhat to Robbie, who has dreamed of falling in love and getting married since he was little. Linda used it as part of her excuse to not show up to the wedding.
22nd Oct '15 9:16:51 PM SirVancelot131
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** In one scene, Glenn is dressed similarly to Don Johnson from ''Series/MiamiVice''

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** In one scene, Glenn is dressed similarly to Don Johnson from ''Series/MiamiVice''''Series/MiamiVice.'' When he pulls up in his Delorean, the theme for Miami Vice can be heard as well.
22nd Oct '15 7:21:52 AM SirVancelot131
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** Robbie was this to his fiancée Linda, but since he's the central character, her decision to leave him is portrayed as shallow and mean. Even so, Linda is less cartoonishly evil than Glen, who is depicted as a being violent, lecherous liar.

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** Robbie was this to his fiancée Linda, but since he's the central character, her decision to leave him is portrayed as shallow and mean. Even so, Linda is less cartoonishly evil than Glen, Glenn, who is depicted as a being violent, lecherous liar.



* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Combined with AnalogyBackfire in hindsight: Sammy talks about being miserable because he never settled down, saying that he modelled his look after Vinnie Barbarino (played by John Travolta) and how "[Travolta's] show got cancelled!" because "No one wants to see a fifty-year-old guy hitting on chicks". Travolta, of course, ended up having a big comeback with ''Film/PulpFiction'' and became a sex symbol again.

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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Combined with AnalogyBackfire in hindsight: Sammy talks about being miserable because he never settled down, saying that he modelled modeled his look after Vinnie Barbarino (played by John Travolta) and how "[Travolta's] show got cancelled!" because "No one wants to see a fifty-year-old guy hitting on chicks". Travolta, of course, ended up having a big comeback with ''Film/PulpFiction'' and became a sex symbol again.



* NiceGuy: Robbie.

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* NiceGuy: Robbie.Robbie is definitely this without question. Between singing at weddings for cheap to see the smiles on everyone's faces, to giving an elderly lady voice lessons while accepting meatballs as payment, and selflessly agreeing to help Julia plan her wedding before he falls for her.



* ReallyGetsAround: Holly, by her own admission. "If you come upstairs, you're gonna get laid." leaves little to the imagination.
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: Glenn vs Robby.

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* ReallyGetsAround: Holly, by her own admission.admission after Glenn makes an off-handed remark, gets stared at when claiming that it's untrue, and then simply admits that it is true. "If you come upstairs, you're gonna get laid." leaves little to the imagination.
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: Glenn vs Robby.Robbie.



* RunawayBride: A rare unsympathetic view. Linda leaving Robbie at the altar makes her look like a shallow, self-centered bitch while Robbie is left heartbroken and humiliated.

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* RunawayBride: A rare unsympathetic view. Linda leaving Robbie at the altar makes her look like a shallow, self-centered bitch while Robbie is left heartbroken and humiliated. Her claims that Robbie was more in love with the idea of being in love would probably cast her in a more sympathetic light if Robbie wasn't such a NiceGuy.
6th Oct '15 4:00:08 PM leathernroses
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Robbie Hart is the titular wedding singer who is all set to be married to his girlfriend, Linda. [[RunawayBride She leaves him at the altar.]] His friend Julia tries to cheer him up, and asks him to help her with her wedding. He agrees, and the two begin to fall in love. There is a problem, however- Julia is engaged to [[{{Jerkass}} Glenn.]] And this we mention this story is set in 1985, just so they can make a bunch of jokes about CD players, Van Halen, and the like?

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Robbie Hart is the titular wedding singer who is all set to be married to his girlfriend, Linda. [[RunawayBride She leaves him at the altar.]] His friend Julia tries to cheer him up, and asks him to help her with her wedding. He agrees, and the two begin to fall in love. There is a problem, however- Julia is engaged to [[{{Jerkass}} Glenn.]] And this did we mention this story is set in 1985, just so they can make a bunch of jokes about CD players, Van Halen, and the like?
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