Who could say no to a face like this?
Father of the Bride: Hey, buddy, I'm not paying you to hear your thoughts on life. I'm paying you to sing.
Robbie Hart: Well, I have a microphone, and you don't, SO YOU WILL LISTEN TO EVERY DAMN WORD I HAVE TO SAY!
A Romantic Comedy
made in 1998, starring Adam Sandler
and Drew Barrymore
Robbie Hart is the titular wedding singer who is all set to be married to his girlfriend, Linda. 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 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?
It's a cute '90s
movie with likeable characters and a cute ending. What's not to love?
There was also a stage musical
based on the film.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Holly initially acts insulted when Glenn implies that she's easy, but then she admits that it's true.
Glenn: Who are you going out with?
Glenn: Oh good; that guy needs to get laid.
Holly: Excuse me! Just because he's going out with me doesn't mean he's going to get laid.
*Glenn and Julia stare at Holly*
Holly: *smiles* ...All right, he probably will.
- All Is Well That Ends Well: Robbie's actions at Cindy and Scott's wedding were absolutely reprehensible. Even though it was the father who threw the punch and attacked Robbie - and even if Robbie refused payment because of what he did, the father probably still would have had grounds to sue. However that's not that kind of movie, there's No Endor Holocaust here.
- Alliterative Name: Glenn Gulia
- Anachronism Stew: Apparently, everything 80s happened in 1985. For instance, JR was shot five years before the film's setting, but it's treated as it just happened here. It's a film using the rule of funny to pop off as many references as it can, so it's OK.
- Anything That Moves: The cook. He treats Holly well because she showed him her boobs, tries to get Julia to do the same, and is clearly enjoying his dance with Sammy halfway through the film (while grabbing his ass, no less; It Makes Sense in Context).
- Anti-Love Song / Break Up Song: "Love Stinks", which is, believe it or not, a real song, recorded by The J. Geils Band in 1980, and is included on the film's soundtrack.
- As Himself: Billy Idol
- Bitter Wedding Speech: Twice. Before Linda leaves Robbie, the best man at one of the weddings he performs at gives one; Robbie does his best to smooth it over. After Linda leaves Robbie, he gives one himself at another performance.
- Blackmail: Robbie gets Sammy to pay for a first-class ticket to Las Vegas by threatening to tell everyone what Sammy said at the bar the night before.
- California Doubling: The story is set in Ridgefield, Connecticut - indeed Glen works on Wall Street "In the city", presumably in Manhattan - but was filmed in California.
- The Cameo: Billy Idol helps Robbie tell Julia his true feelings on the plane. Then he offers him a record deal.
- The Casanova: Sammy admits in the opening act that he wants to be like Fonzie. Glenn is also one of these, and doesn't plan to stop even after he gets married.
- Later, however, Sammy admits to Robbie that he's not at all happy with his lifestyle.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: The old guy at the bar.
- Cool Car: Glen drives a Delorean.
- Creator Breakdown: Parodied (and expertly summarized) in-universe. Robbie's breakdown occurred while he was writing a love song for the woman who would later leave him at the altar; the lyrics and style of that song start with fluffy romance, switch suddenly to extreme rage, dissolve into shocked sadness, and finally end with despairing "kill me now" Wangst.
- Deadpan Snarker: Robbie alternates between this and Large Ham.
- Despair Speech: Robbie gets a despair song.
- Disposable Fiancé: 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 Glen, who is depicted as a being violent, lecherous liar.
- Drowning My Sorrows: When Robby believes that he's lost Julia forever, he goes to a bar and gets drunk.
- Dumb Blonde: Holly, from both the movie and musical versions, is both slutty and slightly dim. However in the original movie, Julia herself was intelligent with blond hair in contrast to Robbie's stupid brunette ex, Linda. The musical reverses Julia's and Linda's hair colors, with Julia a Brainy Brunette / Girl Next Door type and Linda an even bigger Dumb Blonde than Holly and dabbling into Blondes Are Evil.
- The Eighties: 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 New Order being played at the disco. Then again, the film is a period piece.
- '80s Hair: Seen everywhere, and lampshaded with the Flock of Seagulls fan who works as a ticket clerk at the airport.
- Embarassing Last Name: If she marries Glenn and takes his name, her new name will be "Julia Gulia" (pronounced Goo-lia).
- Final Love Duet: The Musical has three for Robbie and Julia. "If I Told You", "If I Told You (Reprise)", and the final final duet, "Grow Old With You" (which, by the way, is now a duet).
- In Love with Love: Applies somewhat to Robbie, who has dreamed of falling in love and getting married since he was little.
- It Will Never Catch On: Combined with Analogy Backfire 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 Pulp Fiction and became a sex symbol again.
- 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!"
- Other versions of the song replace Beta with New Coke.
- Holly's frustrated opinion of the Rubik's Cube.
- Jerk Ass: Glenn Gulia nicely fills the "dick boyfriend" role that many romantic comedies have.
"He's losing his mind...and I'm reaping all the benefits!"
- Julia's shallow Rich Bitch mother.
- Also Linda, the woman who left Robbie at the altar.
- Heel Realization: Robby has one after he drives Julia away by implying that she's only marrying Glenn because he's rich.
Robbie: I am an asshole!
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sammy.
- Love Epiphany
- A Man Is Always Eager: 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.
- "Mister Sandman" Sequence: How the Film opens.
- My Parents Are Dead: Robbie.
- The Musical
- Musical World Hypotheses: Diegetic type.
- Nice Guy: Robbie.
- Period Piece: A rather unusual one. There's really no reason why this story had to be set in 1985, thirteen years before the film's release, but it sure gives a ton of great joke opportunities.
- Piss-Take Rap: The Rappin' Granny, who, at her 50th wedding anniversary, belts out "Rappers Delight" flawlessly.
- Poor Communication Kills: Linda had been thinking, and talking to her friends about not going through with the wedding for several days but still did not do anything about it until not showing up. Lampshaded by Robbie:
Linda: Oh, yeah - sure! Living in your sister's basement with five kids while you're off every weekends doing wedding gigs at a whoppin' sixty bucks a pop?
Robbie: Once again, things that could've been brought to my attention YESTERDAY!
- Popular History
- Practice Kiss: Robbie and Julia practice how Julia should kiss her soon-to-be husband, with the appropriate amount of "church tongue". Needless to say, the kiss is extremely passionate.
- Precision F-Strike: "I hope you fucking choke!"
- Race for Your Love: The film climaxes with Robby chasing Julia through an airport in order to stop her from marrying Glenn.
- Really Gets Around: Holly, by her own admission. "If you come upstairs, you're gonna get laid." leaves little to the imagination.
- Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: Glenn vs Robby.
- Romantic Comedy
- Runaway Bride: A rare unsympathetic view. Linda leaving Robbie at the alter makes her look like a shallow, self-centered bitch while Robbie is left heartbroken and humiliated.
- Running Gag: George singing "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" whenever left alone on stage.
- Screen-to-Stage Adaptation
- Shout-Out: This movie includes a boatload of references to 1980s pop culture. A few include:
- In one scene, Glenn is dressed similarly to Don Johnson from Miami Vice
- At the bar, Sammy wears a red leather jacket exactly like the one Michael Jackson wore in the music video for "Thriller."
- 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.
- Smug Snake: Glenn.
- Something Only They Would Say: 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.
- Take That: Robbie saying, "Get out of my Van Halen T-shirt before you jinx the band and they break up."
- A Call Back of sorts to the scene in Airheads when the Lone Rangers try to determine if someone is a policeman by asking who he sided with in the Van Halen vs. David Lee Roth split. The guy says "Van Halen," and they say, "He's a cop."note
- Twenty Minutes into the Past: Released in 1998, takes place in 1985.
- Wedding Deadline: Played straight in the musical, but averted in the film; the break-up happens on the plane to Las Vegas.