YMMV / The Wedding Singer

  • Genius Bonus:
    • At one point Robby tells Linda "Take off my Van Halen t-shirt before you jinx the band and they break up". The film is set in 1985, the year that singer David Lee Roth left Van Halen.
    • When the wedding photographer rattles off several celebrity couples, younger viewers may not realize all of them ended in rather public and acrimonious divorces after the time the movie was set in.
    "Well, you know, you can just look at a couple and, uh, you can tell right away that they're gonna stay together forever. Like, uh, Donald and Ivana; and Woody and Mia; and Burt and Loni..."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Alexis Arquette as a Boy George impersonator.
  • Memetic Mutation: Woe to any poor girls names Julia who were alive when this film came out and had to endure the hundreds of times they'd be called "Julia Gulia."
  • Moral Event Horizon: When Glenn reveals that he plans to cheat on Julia when they're married.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Jon Lovitz as another wedding singer, who revels in his new business after Robbie quits.
    "He's losing his mind ... and I'm reaping all the benefits." [Creepy grin]
    • Billy Idol as, well... Billy Idol.
      Billy Idol: Ah, Glenn doesn't deserve her. All he cares about are possessions. Fancy cars, CD players. Even women are possessions to him.
      Robbie: See? Billy Idol gets it. I don't know why she doesn't get it.
    • The Old Guy at the bar. Gets some of the best lines in his scenes.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Subverted with Linda. While she did have some admittedly valid reasons for not marrying Robbie (he had very little money, his singing career never really took off, she wanted to have children - which would've been hugely impractical given Robbie's financial situation, etc.), any understanding we might have had for her position is shattered when Julia acknowledges the exact problems Linda cited but willingly helps Robbie to overcome them. (And, as Robbie points out, Linda could have brought her concerns up the day before the wedding, rather than completely humiliating him at the altar. Making it even worse is the fact that Robbie is financially strained and all the money for the wedding just got wasted.) As Robbie spends more time with Julia, he becomes rightly convinced that Linda was basically a Gold Digger, culminating in him callously kicking her out of his sister's house after she tries to get back together with him.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Robbie goes to tell Julia how he feels but sees her talking to herself in the mirror and assumes she's happy to be with Glenn. He leaves, heartbroken.
    • Robbie's voice starting to crack upon seeing so many happy couples of various ages at the first wedding he works at after the break up.
    • Robbie after being jilted at his wedding, especially the part where he is told the news by his sister and when he breaks a mirror in rage.
  • The Woobie: Robbie, especially during the "Love Stinks" scene. Julia also qualifies, as she is with someone who blatantly doesn't appreciate her.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Nicely averted for the most part with very Eighties-appropriate looks...save for Julia's hair. How exactly does a late-90's Dido Flip translate into 1985 fashion?