The Wedding Singer is a 1998 American romantic comedy film directed by Frank Coraci and written by Tim Herlihy. It stars Adam Sandler as a wedding singer in the 1980s and Drew Barrymore as a waitress with whom he falls in love, it was produced by Robert Simonds for US$18 million and grossed $80.2 million in the United States and $123.3 million worldwide. The film was adapted into a stage musical of the same name, debuting on Broadway in April 2006 and closing on New Year's Eve of that same year. Jon Lovitz would reprise his role as Jimmie Moore in the episode of the same name of The Goldbergs, set during the events of The Wedding Singer, with Sandler and Billy Idol appearing through the use of archival footage. Robbie Hart is a wedding singer in Ridgefield, New Jersey in 1985, whose own wedding to his fiancée Linda is approaching, he meets and befriends Julia Sullivan, a new waitress at the reception hall where he works, promises to sing at her wedding, though her fiancé, businessman and bond investor Glenn Gulia, has not yet committed to a date.
On Robbie's wedding day, his sister Kate informs him as he waits at the altar that Linda has changed her mind about the wedding, leaving him devastated and humiliated. That day, Linda visits Robbie and reveals that she fell in love with him for his ambitions of being a rock star, could not live with being married to just a wedding singer. Robbie sinks into depression, his best friend Sammy convinces him to return to work, but he gives a disastrous performance, decides to give up wedding gigs and reneges on his promise to sing for Julia when Glenn sets a date. However, Julia convinces him to help her with their friendship blossoms; as Robbie spends time with Julia, he begins to realize just. During a double date with Julia and Julia's cousin Holly, Robbie learns from Glenn that he cheats on Julia and does not plan to stop after they are married. Julia and Robbie are confused by their deepening feelings for each other; when Holly tells Robbie that Julia is marrying Glenn for his money, he unsuccessfully pursues a job at a bank.
Julia is dismayed at his materialism, when he accuses her of the same, she becomes angry with him. Depressed, he decides to follow Sammy's example of only having shallow relationships with women, in response to which Sammy confides that he is unhappy, encourages Robbie to tell Julia how he feels. Meanwhile, Julia confides in her mother that she has fallen out of love with Glenn and has developed feelings for Robbie, bursts into tears thinking about becoming "Mrs. Julia Gulia". Robbie arrives to declare his feelings, sees her through her bedroom window in her wedding dress, where she is looking in a mirror pretending she has just married Robbie, but Robbie assumes she is thinking of Glenn. Heartbroken, Robbie leaves to get drunk and finds Glenn in the midst of his pre-wedding bachelor party, arm in arm with another woman. After a heated exchange, Glenn punches mocks him. Robbie stumbles home to find Linda waiting for him wanting to reconcile, passes out; the following morning, she answers the door and introduces herself as his fiancee to a crestfallen Julia.
She runs to Glenn, sleeping off the events of the previous night, tells him she wants to be married immediately. He offers to take her to Las Vegas. Robbie awakens and after shaking off his hangover from the previous night and rejects Linda's shallow reconciliation, kicking her out. At the 50th wedding anniversary party of his neighbor Rosie, to whom he has been giving singing lessons, he realizes he wants to grow old with Julia and, with Rosie's encouragement, he decides to pursue her. Just Holly arrives and informs him of Julia's encounter with Linda, so Robbie rushes to the airport and gets a first class ticket to Las Vegas. After telling his story to his empathetic fellow passengers, which include Billy Idol, he learns that Glenn and Julia are on the same flight. With the help of Billy and the flight crew, over the loudspeaker, he sings a song he has written called "Grow Old With You", dedicated to Julia; as Robbie enters the main cabin singing, Glenn tries to assault him only to be thwarted and shoved into a lavatory by the flight attendants with assistance from Billy and a burly fan.
Robbie and Julia admit their love for each other, share a kiss. Billy, impressed by Robbie's song, offers to tell his record company executives about him. Robbie and Julia are married, Robbie's bandmates perform at their wedding. Adam Sandler as Robbie Hart Drew Barrymore as Julia Sullivan Christine Taylor as Holly Sullivan Jodi Thelen as Kate Hart Allen Covert as Sammy Angela Featherstone as Linda Matthew Glave as Glenn Gulia Ellen Albertini Dow as Rosie Alexis Arquette as George Stitzer Christina Pickles as Angie Sullivan Frank Sivero as Andy Billy Idol as himself Kevin Nealon as Mr. Simms Steven Brill as Glenn's buddy Steve Buscemi as David Veltri Peter Dante as David's friend Jon Lovitz as Jimmie Moore Brian Posehn as Man at Dining Table #9 Michael Shuman as The Bar Mitzvah Boy Robert Smigel as Andre Chauntal Lewis as Stuck-Up Girl at Bar Mitzvah The film had a budget of $18 million and received $123.3 million worldwide in ticket sales. It opened at the # 2 spot in the US behind Titanic.
The film received positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 68% based on reviews from 63 critics, with an average rating of 6.2/10, saying that "It's decidedly uneven -- and sappy for an early Adam Sandler comedy -- but The Wedding Singer is sweet, b
David Unger is a Guatemalan author and translator. He was born on November 1950 in Guatemala City. In 1955, he immigrated to Florida with his parents. Unger graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a B. A. and received an MFA in 1975 from Columbia University. Unger teaches at the City College of New York and is the International Rep for the Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara. In 2014 he was awarded Guatemala's prestigious Miguel Angel Asturias National Literature Prize for lifetime achievement, he is the author of Moley Mole/Topo Pecoso. He has translated more than a dozen books, including three books by Guatemalan Rigoberta Menchu, two books by Cuban Teresa Cardenas, The Love You Promised Me by Mexican Silvia Molina, First Love by Mexican Elena Garro and The Dead Leaves by Mexican Barbara Jacobs. In 2019 he will publish his translation of Stories We Were Never Told, he is the editor and the main translator of Nicanor Parra's Antipoems: New and Selected, the most complete collection of this important Chilean poet, contributed to Enrique Lihn's The Dark Room and Roque Dalton's Short Hours of the Night.
Though he writes in English, he is considered among Guatemala's most important living writers.. Unger lives in New York with his wife the artist Anne Gilman. Entrevista el 26 de abril 2018 en Santo Domingo Upon receiving Guatemala's Miguel Angel Asturias National Prize for lifetime achievement David Unger, "Ghostwriting Gabo", Guernica 2007Interviews with David Unger Angel Elías, "El escritor David Unger habla tras recibir galardón literario", Prensa libre 2014 Nathalie Handal, "The City and the Writer: In Guatemala City with David Unger", Words without Borders blog 2014 Nathalie Dittombé, "Entrevista del mes con: David Unger", Goethe-Institut Zentralamerika blog 2014 "David Unger: Voy a seguir nutriéndome de Guate", Siglo.21 2010Articles about David Unger María Lucía León, "David Unger: Siento que Guate me escoge a mí", Siglo.21 2012 Eric Herschthal, "Jewish Guatemalan author writes tale of dislocation", Heritage Florida Jewish News 2011
Amy J. Barger is an American astronomer. Barger earned a B. A. in Astronomy-Physics in 1993 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Ph. D. in Astronomy in 1997 from King's College, University of Cambridge where she was a Marshall scholar. Her discoveries have most concerned quasars, black holes, other far distant objects, she helped show that the activity of black holes in nearby galaxies was greater and more recent than expected. She worked with others on discoveries concerning stellar activity in distant galaxies, she is a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is a member of the International Astronomical Union. After earning her Ph. D, Barger worked on the Morphs collaboration studying the formation and morphologies of distant galaxies. 1992 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship 1993 Marshall Scholarship 1999 NASA Hubble Fellowship 1999 Chandra Fellow 2001 Annie J. Cannon Award in Astronomy 2002 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize of the American Astronomical Society 2002 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow 2003 Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow 2003 David and Lucille Packard Fellow 2007 American Physical Society Fellow 2007 Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award of the American Physical Society 2015 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow 2011 Vilas Associates Award at University of Wisconsin-Madison 2017 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow 2017 Kellett Mid-Career Award at University of Wisconsin-Madison Popular Science Outreach Dr. Barger's personal webpage