In Adam Sandler’s beloved ’80s-nostalgia comedy, he plays a guy who knows all there is to know about planning a New Jersey nuptials, since he fronts a wedding band at a north Jersey catering hall. But his own wedding plans are ruined when his fiancée dumps him. His heartbreak takes a toll on his work performance, particularly at the wedding that is the movie’s comic centerpiece. After a mopey, dirgelike performance of Madonna’s “Holiday,” he goes on an extended rant, bellowing at the bride’s father that, since Sandler’s the one holding the microphone, “you will listen to every damn word I have to say.”
He insults everyone, particularly a table full of sad-sack singles, though he identifies with them as someone who believes the universe has singled him out as someone not worthy of love or wedded bliss. Finally, he launches into a belligerent performance of the J. Geils Band’s “Love Stinks,” a rendition that ends mercifully when the bride’s father punches Sandler in the face. The movie’s soundtrack may be pure top-40 ’80s pop, but this is the movie’s most punk-rock moment.