Dir: Kat Coiro. Actors: Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, Maluma, Sarah Silverman, Chloe Coleman, John Bradley. 12A, 112 minutes.
There is always one Jennifer Lopez disconnect. In fact, Lopez is a diva, an all-female, affluent entertainment ecosystem. On the film, Lopez is a longtime working-class fighter: a wedding planner, a maid in Manhattan, a retail worker awaiting the second act of her life. Along with her many pop songs – “I’m Real”, “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” – she has repeatedly used her work to distance herself from the character she respects. worship. Marry me, her latest attempt to revive the romance drama, makes the contradiction literally uncanny. It revolves around a pop superstar trapped in a glass of fame and fortune, and an ordinary vulnerable woman weeping for love beneath. It could be called “JLo: The Movie”.
Directed by Kat Coiro, Marry me plays Lopez as Kat Valdez, who agrees to marry her equally famous pop star boyfriend Bastian (Maluma) during a Madison Square Garden concert. Just seconds before she stepped onto the stage, she found out through a TMZ warns that he is cheating on her with her assistant. Devastated but wearing an expensive wedding dress and standing in the limelight, she does what any self-respecting publicity hound would do: she pulls a random spectator out of the crowd and marry him instead. Lucky for Kat, math teacher Charlie (Owen Wilson) is a gentle divorcee with a cute kid and doesn’t really care about being famous. Faster than you can say Notting Hillthey started to love each other.
This is the highest of the highs – even for a genre that has always accepted them – and Marry me just get rid of it. No, it’s never been clear why serious, sensible Charlie would go with such an eccentric stuntman, or at least what’s in it for him. But Wilson’s neurotic charm, which becomes more like Woody Allen with each passing year (sorry), overrides the more imaginative goofiness here. He and Lopez have a good reaction, and the movie shows their surface incompatibility admirably. “He’s cute, isn’t he?” Kat asked her assistant at one point. At the assistant’s mocking glance, Kat stepped back: “Okay, he’s fine.”
Lopez is a sensationalist, sourcing sickness – intentionally or not – from the similarities between her and her character. When Kat whimpers at Jimmy Fallon (in a cameo that’s way too long for herself), joking on TV that she’s “no stranger to weddings,” your mind will naturally shift to a life full of love. Lopez’s drama. Then when she sadly remarked that she was never nominated for anything, it reminded us of how crazy Lopez was at the lack of attention given to the 2019 Oscars. Hustlers. Truth and fiction are translucent and transparent.
If only the drama surrounding her had a few more dramatic stakes to grasp. As it stands, conflict emerges from Bastian’s re-emergence – a subplot that relies too heavily on Maluma, a charismatic pop star who’s fallen short when it comes to acting – and whether Charlie’s daughter will can win a math problem or not. It’s all pretty heartwarming, while the huge gap between famous Kat and street man Charlie remains unexplored beyond a tedious debate over Kat’s use of social media.
It leaves Marry me few script drafts leave the “future Sunday afternoon romcom classic” territory, as much as Lopez and Wilson try their best. However, in an era where many of Lopez’s colleagues – the Witherspoons and Bullocks in particular – have turned to dark dramas, it’s lovely to see her still drumming for a genre that was never meant to be. get the respect it deserves. Then again, she knows what that feels like.
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