* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Film/{{Matilda}} Bruce Bogtrotter]] is grabbing a totally different kind of cake in this movie.
* PlayingAgainstType: Up to ''The Wedding Singer'', most of Sandler's roles had been [[ManChild immature guys]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold who eventually revealed a more sensitive side]]. This was the first role of his to be a fairly straightforward nice-guy-with-underdog-tones, and that eventually became his new type.