Ebert, a writer I've never much liked in prose and content, let alone taste, trashed it for taking its inane plot too serious. But don't we go to the movies for scenarios that are improbable in reality? The Wedding Singer surely gave me the warm fuzzes and made me laugh aloud without being annoyed by the predictable plot that's typical in depth. Films don't have to be deep or creative in plot to be effective.
You can not replace good comedy with just a few wigs and crudity. Sandler sure has some potential as an actor but here it is just lazy writing all the way and good old recipes. The 80´s gimmick works about 3 seconds.
Not funny enough to be a comedy (although that's kind of a relief for a Sandler movie) and too shallow and cliched to be a drama. It just feels too restrained at times; everything's just so restricted to the banal plot. Drew Barrymore wasn't convincing to me either. She's adorable but not a romantic lead. It's not bad; I just wanted it to go further. I did like the "Grow Old With You" part.