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what were they thinking ?
nostalgia for the seventies is bad enough , but do we really need an eighties film ?
robbie hart ( adam sandler ) used to want to be a rock and roll star , but in 1985 he's singing at weddings and having a good time .
a romantic at heart , he loves weddings and is just about to get married to his high-school sweetie .
when she leaves him waiting at the altar , his tune changes to " love stinks " .
he meets waitress julia ( drew barrymore ) who is engaged to a junk-bonds salesman and you know that they are going to get together .
in fact you know everything that is going to happen during this movie .
sandler is somewhat adequate in his leading man role , but there is no spark .
barrymore doesn't seem to be able to convey anything other than a pretty face with nothing behind it : beauty but no attitude .
both characters are just there .
bit parts by steve buscemi and jon lovitz steal the show .
the eighties are shoved in our face .
references to deloreans , madonna , " dallas " , ivana and donald , burt and loni and " miami vice " get old fast .
the filmmakers must have realized that there wasn't much entertainment to the story and thought they could dazzle the audience with humorous period allusions .
they're not funny and it doesn't work .
with change on all fronts accelerating more and more , nostalgia appears to have a great appeal , but don't you think we could have more than 14 years before we yearn for the past .
maybe we can look forward to a film next year waxing nostalgically about el nino .
( michael redman has written this column for over 23 years and he knows that nostalgia is not what it used to be . )