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How 'The Wedding Singer' Changed Everything For Drew Barrymore And Adam Sandler

Date February 15, 2018 10:37

The Wedding Singer hit theaters 20 years ago on February 13.

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This was the movie that established Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore as a rom-com couple for the ages. The story is set in 1985, and it follows Robbie, the titular wedding singer, and Julia, a waitress he meets whilst doing one of his gigs, who are both engaged to the wrong people. Spoiler alert, they found their way to each other in the end.

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The Wedding Singer is still considered to be a favorite romantic comedy for many people. It grossed $80 million in the U.S. and more than $123 million worldwide, which Frank Coraci, a director, calls the "the ultimate compliment".

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In his exclusive interview with E! News, Coraci told:

A lot of magic happened on the movie. We had no idea, by the way, that it was gonna be a success [when we were making it]. Nothing like that had ever hit that big, and Drew hadn't been in a big movie in a while...she really hadn't gotten to be funny at that point...Adam had some good little movies that did well, but [The Wedding Singer] took us to the next level.

Sandler had been a famous goofball, so playing a lead in a romantic comedy was a new challenge for him.

At the time, everyone was questioning, 'Is Adam a leading man?  I had no doubt that he would be a great leading man. I knew he was charming and funny—it was definitely the right place for him to go next.

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At first, they didn’t have an actress to play Julia in mind, it was a big part, so it had to go to the right person. But everyone seemed to agree that 22-year-old Barrymore would be the best choice.

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Sandler and Barrymore's onscreen chemistry turned into a real-life friendship. They reunited on the set of 50 First Dates in 2004 and Blended in 2014.

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Drew even dedicated one chapter of her book, Wildflower, which was released in 2015, to Sandler. As the actress explains, it’s “a little bit of a love letter to him because I have grown with this person."

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She also pointed out on The Tonight Show in 2014:

Every 10 years we get to fall in love again.

How sweet is that?

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