Marry Me Hits the Right Notes for a Romantic Comedy


Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day right around the corner. And with that, of course, means all of the cheesy and lovey movies that we fall for every year. A good romantic comedy is ready to play this time of year, and add in some major star power like Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson – you will have people heading to the theater for a nice and cheesy rom-com that will make them feel good.

Marry Me seems like a bit of an odd pairing and on the surface – it is exactly that. Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson don’t look like the couple that would ever get together in this reality or any. But a starlet falling for the “every day guy” seems like an appealing concept. And while the pairing of Lopez and Wilson seems weird, and is, the movie puts a situation together that would make sense. Now, we’re not saying it would actually happen or that there wouldn’t be legal issues and other things that would come from it – but for the movie’s sake – it makes sense.

Marry Me was created for Jennifer Lopez. Even if you’re a fan of her music or not, you can’t deny that she has some killer singing abilities – and the movie highlights that. She’s playing a role that is, essentially her – the pop singer who is at the top of her game trying to get her life together. Falling for all the wrong guys until the right one comes into her life – in the most unusual way. The whole soundtrack is sung by Lopez and she is seen performing, recording, and doing what she does daily promoting her music and herself. Now there most likely is some hyper embellishment of her life when she’s not performing with a whole staff taking care of her every whim (although that is possibly real as well), really the role she’s playing is – herself.

After all of that, is the relationship between Lopez and Wilson believable? Not at all. However, that doesn’t mean the movie won’t give you all the warm fuzzies. Wilson is portrayed as the goofy dad who is more involved in math than tech and both characters help each other be better people. Of course, there is the standard misunderstanding that happens in all of these rom-com style shows that leads to conflict and the eventual happy ending. But the movie is fun and better than we expected.

If you’re looking for a goofy movie that doesn’t require much thinking and will make you smile at the cheesiness – this may be the movie for you. Marry Me is in theaters and streaming on Peacock tomorrow, February 11th.

Overall rating:

Four Star Review

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About Marry Me:

Packed with original songs by Jennifer Lopez and global Latin music star Maluma, Marry Me arrives next Valentine’s Day with Lopez starring as musical superstar Kat Valdez and Owen Wilson as Charlie Gilbert, a math teacher—total strangers who agree to marry and then get to know each other. An unlikely romance about two different people searching for something real in a world where value is based on likes and followers, Marry Me is a modern love story about celebrity, marriage and social media.

Kat Valdez (Lopez) is half of the sexiest celebrity power couple on Earth with hot new music supernova Bastian (Maluma, making his feature-film debut). As Kat and Bastian’s inescapable hit single, “Marry Me,” climbs the charts, they are about to be wed before an audience of their fans in a ceremony that will be streamed across multiple platforms. 

Divorced high-school math teacher Charlie Gilbert (Owen Wilson) has been dragged to the concert by his daughter Lou (Chloe Coleman, Big Little Lies) and his best friend (Sarah Silverman). When Kat learns, seconds before the ceremony, that Bastian has cheated on her with her assistant, her life turns left as she has a meltdown on stage, questioning love, truth and loyalty. As her gossamer world falls away, she locks eyes with a stranger—a face in the crowd.

If what you know lets you down, then perhaps what you don’t know is the answer, and so, in a moment of inspired insanity, Kat chooses to marry Charlie. What begins as an impulsive reaction evolves into an unexpected romance. But as forces conspire to separate them, the universal question arises: Can two people from such different worlds bridge the gulf between them and build a place where they both belong?

The film also stars John Bradley (Game of Thrones), Michelle Buteau (Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia) and Utkarsh Ambudkar (Mulan).

Marry Me is directed by Kat Coiro (Dead to Me, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, upcoming She-Hulk) from a screenplay by John Rogers (The Librarians) and Tami Sagher (NBC’s 30 Rock) and Harper Dill (The Mick) based on the graphic novel by Bobby Crosby. The film is produced by Jennifer Lopez p.g.a. and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas p.g.a. (Hustlers, Maid in Manhattan) for Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions, by John Rogers for Kung Fu Monkey Productions and by Benny Medina (Hustlers, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air). The film’s executive producers are Alex Brown, Willie Mercer, Pamela Thur and J.B. Roberts.


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