Robbie Hart (Sandler) is a failed songwriter, making his living as a wedding singer. An easy-going guy, his perspective is changed somewhat, when he is stood up at his own wedding. Waiting in the wings is waitress Julia (Drew Barrymore), who is planning her own nuptials to fiancé Glenn, an underhand womaniser. Robbie needless to say, has to save her from this inappropriate marriage.
Adam Sandler left the realms of cult comedy and entered mainstream movies with this film, playing down his usual crazy characters, and settling more for the straight guy role. His finest moment, where he has an emotional breakdown while performing at his first wedding after being jilted at the altar, does touch on his usual zany style however. Barrymore, playing a nice girl for a change, deserves to get the good things in life, and you can't help pulling for her and Sandler. The plot is obvious and unashamedly romantic, however, it is charmingly acted, and the humour subtle, so it cannot fail to entertain.
Set in the 80s, you are never allowed to forget it, from Sandler's frizzy wig, the clothes, and the constant soundtrack, it's probably just as well it was American made, as a British version might have been too excruciatingly embarrassing to watch. It is however difficult to find too many faults with a film where Alexis Arquette is Boy George at a Barmitzvah, and Steve Buscemi gives a rendition of "True". At the least this is a romantic comedy, where the schmaltz never completely takes over, at its best, it is a gentle, well-portrayed, feel good film.