July 2, 2022

Jennifer Lopez as Kat Valdez and Owen Wilson as Charlie Gilbert in Marry Me.Photograph Credit score: Barry Wetcher/Common Photos/Common Photos

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Marry Me

Directed by Kat Coiro

Written by Harper Dill and John Rogers, primarily based on the comedian by Bobby Crosby

Starring Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson and Sarah Silverman

Classification PG; 112 minutes

Opens in theatres Feb. 11

Even in today of franchise dominance – when acquainted mental property, not faces, rule the display – there’s something to be mentioned for the worth of star energy. Take Marry Me, a brand new rom-com that may be grounds for divorce if it weren’t for the presence of Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson, two performers who know activate the attraction and luxury audiences simply by advantage of displaying their well-loved visages.

Lopez, who hasn’t appeared onscreen since 2019′s Hustlers (one other film that may’ve evaporated with out the actress’s participation), stars in Marry Me as … nicely, Jennifer Lopez. Taking part in a pop star who’s concerned in a tabloid-friendly romance with a fellow celeb, J. Lo offers the movie a large wink and nod to her personal biography, whereas on the identical time reminding moviegoers that she’s additionally a hell of a singer (roughly 25 per cent of Marry Me’s run-time is dedicated to Lopez singing, turning the movie into an extra-long sequence of music movies; this isn’t a criticism).

The movie’s story kicks off when Lopez, I imply, Kat Valdez finds out that her fiancé Bastien (Colombian musician Maluma) is dishonest on her … simply earlier than the 2 are set to get married stay onstage in entrance of hundreds. Heartbroken and confused, Kat picks out a random stranger from the gang, highschool math trainer/single father/aw-shucks good man Charlie (Wilson), and coerces him into exchanging vows as a substitute for social-media engagement. However what begins off as a PR stunt slowly turns right into a full-fledged (spoiler alert?) romance, with Kat and Charlie rising nearer regardless of their two wildly completely different worlds.

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It’s all particularly dumb, with screenwriters Harper Dill and John Rogers lazily treating the rom-com style as one match for lowered expectations – an method that’s not solely insulting to the various nice rom-coms which have come earlier than their movie, however of their supposed audiences, too. There may be nothing unsuitable with wanting to observe two lovely individuals fall in love onscreen, however you get the sense that Marry Me’s creators maintain a not-insignificant disdain for, or maybe ignorance of, the style. Jokes don’t work, characters don’t evolve, and though blessed with a neat idea, there isn’t a lot frisson between Charlie’s humble on a regular basis world and Kat’s high-flying extravagance.

It’s finest to embrace what Lopez and Wilson pull off in Marry Me.Photograph Credit score: Barry Wetcher/Common Photos/Common Photos

Thank Harry and Sally, then, that Lopez and Wilson acquired concerned. The 2 don’t scream heaven-made match on paper, however collectively, they praise one another properly. As Marry Me’s story stretches on – full with one-note facet characters like Sarah Silverman’s steering counsellor/Charlie BFF – you could be tempted to think about how the film would possibly play if the celebs had been combined and matched (what about Lopez and Seth Rogen, or Woman Gaga and Paul Rudd?). Nevertheless it’s finest to embrace what Lopez and Wilson pull off. Annul all the pieces else about Marry Me, however these two are price staying with until demise (or finish credit) can we depart.

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