Sandler and Barrymore go for a three-peat with latest romcom

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The first time was the charm for Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in “The Wedding Singer” in 1998. They reunited six years later, almost to the day, in “50 First Dates” and now, a decade later, co-star in “Blended.”

A look at their earlier movie dates:

‘THE WEDDING SINGER’

By the numbers: Rated PG-13, it was released Feb. 13, 1998 and grossed more than $123 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.

Their roles: He is the title character, and she is a waitress.

Rom-com roadblock: The wedding singer loves his work until his fiancee, realizing he will never be a rock star, jilts him and he begins insulting and frightening guests. She, meanwhile, already has a fiance when she meets the entertainer.

What we said: It’s easy to see where the story is headed but it’s what they do along the way that makes this such a charming riot. Plus it’s fun to revisit the 1980s and its touchstones: Madonna and Michael Jackson wannabes, Rubik’s Cubes, DeLorean cars, “Miami Vice’’ and songs like “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.’’

Bonus attraction: Stand-up comic Billy Elmer, who grew up in McKees Rocks, portrays a guest at a wedding where Mr. Sandler angrily serenades everyone with “Love Stinks.”

‘FIFTY FIRST DATES’

By the numbers: Rated PG-13, it opened on Feb. 13, 2004, and grossed more than $196 million worldwide.

Their roles: He is a lothario and veterinarian at Sea Life Park in Hawaii and she is a local who was in a serious car accident that left her with a brain disorder erasing her short-term memory every night while she sleeps.

Rom-com roadblock: No matter how much they click, he must woo her every day.

What we said: She softens his harsh edges and does well as the vulnerable, innocent heroine who can, when necessary, swing a baseball bat at someone she mistakes for an assailant. He gets to show a softer side and the comedy spares Mr. Sandler from most of the crass jokes or gestures, which fall to the supporting players.

Bonus attraction: It redeems itself by not taking the easy, cheesy way out and uses the beautiful rendition of “Over the Rainbow” by the late Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.

 

 


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