Wedding Singer, The
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: -2

Back in 1985, kind hearted Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler) is struggling to make a living by singing at wedding receptions and livening up the wedding party with his band and witty remarks. He's even looking forward to his own wedding with a childhood sweetheart, but she stands him up at the wedding and he is devastated. Happily, though, he meets likable, unassuming Julia Sullivan (Drew Barrymore) who asks him to help her with her wedding arrangements, and, sure enough, they find they are attracted to each other. But neither one feels free to do anything about it. Robbie also discovers that her fianc, Glen (Matthew Glave) is a real womanizer who doesn't care that much about Julia. So, should he tell her about Glen, and try to win her away from him? Both Robbie and Julia are delightful characters and this romantic comedy is full of humorous and tender moments. The Wedding Singer has a rather simplistic, predictable plot, but it's likely to be a big hit with the young adult crowd.

But, wouldn't you know it, Hollywood has thoroughly trashed up this potentially great date movie. From the very beginning, the dialogue is filled with explicit sexually oriented remarks and jarring obscenities. Slang references to sex, breasts, picking up girls, and lovemaking abound. Most of them are spoken in a comical vein, but they are offensive nonetheless. Fourteen f and s words and two GD's further pollute the dialogue. But there are no actual sex scenes or nudity. Part of the comedy is derived from a hilarious male homosexual singer in Robbie's band who dresses as a woman. The crudities all seem out of place, for Robbie is a nice, lovable guy who cares for people and encourages wall flowers. And Julia is a kind, sensitive, conservative girl who avoids crudities. Viewers of this film would have liked it just as well without the crudities, probably more.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Distributor: New Line Cinema, 888 7th Avenue, 20th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10106

Crude Language: Many (11) times - Mild 1, Moderate 10
Obscene Language: Many (22) times - f-word 1, s-word 13
Profanity: Several (8) times - Regular 2 (G-d), Exclamatory 6 (Oh God)
Violence: Few times - Moderate (man strikes another with fist, men scuffle, rough treatment, man hit by cart and shoved in restroom)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None, but male homosexual singer portrayed
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Many times - Moderate (men grab women's rears, dancers put hands on partners' rears, many slang references to sex, female anatomy, lovemaking and picking up women; man grabs crotch, close up of woman's rear)
Drug Abuse: Several times (drinking cocktails at wedding parties and bars; drunken behavior)
Other: Singer makes kind remarks at wedding receptions and builds esteem of fat boy; womanizing portrayed as undesirable, man concerned that girl will be deceived by womanizer.
Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teenagers and young adults

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