There is no denying that I am a sucker for a good rom-com, especially in February. There is nothing that hits the sweet spot more than a feel-good love story that gets it right. Marry Me hits that sweet spart, something that I didn’t expect to be honest. And even more shockingly, adapted from a graphic novel? There is something honestly special about Marry Me that separates it from the standard run of the mill rom-coms. And maybe it’s the 2 completely different jarring worlds the leads come from (within the film) or that its more than just a surface level rom-com. Either way, this movie definitely stands out and brings something for everyone this hallmark holiday.
Kat Valdez (Jennifer Lopez) is about to marry the ‘love of her life’ Bastian (Maluma) at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. And they’re going to exchange vows after performing their new hit ‘Marry Me’. This is until the news breaks that Bastian cheated on her with her assistant and this leads Kat to have a slight breakdown. A random mathematician in the crowd holding a sign reading ‘Marry Me’. She then asks that mathematician, Charlie (Owen Wilson), to marry her.
While this is honestly one of the most ridiculous and farfetched ideas ever, it really is no crazier than when Britney married K-Fed. And the reasoning of why Charlie was at the concert in the first place works on so many levels. His friend, Parker (Sarah Silverman) had extra tickets and convinced him to go. He also wants to convince his daughter Lou (Chloe Coleman) that he’s not the lame dad. In short, he wants to earn serious credit with his daughter.
What works surprisingly well in Marry Me is the absolute wonderful chemistry that is shared between Wilson and Lopez. Not to say that they normally have chemistry issues with their co-stars, because they don’t. However, there was something exceptional about the chemistry they shared in this feature. It felt real, even though the way they met and developed a relationship was one of the most unconventional ways. It also humanized the super popstar persona that both JLo is assumed to be and portrays in the film. She cares more about Lou and Charlie than she does some of her career and more that comfortable lifestyle. Yes, there are certainly cases of celebrities who marry and develop relationship with non-famous people. But that dynamic rarely, if ever, gets the silver screen treatment.
When you have a globally recognizable pop star and another musical talent in the film, the soundtrack is key. If that doesn’t pop and have you grooving in your seat, the film fails on a whole other level as well. Thankfully, the combination of Jennifer Lopez and Maluma brings some great bops. They will definitely have you singing the titular song long after the film finishes. There really is no reason why Marry Me should be as charming, delightful and downright fun as it is. But embrace the holiday season and find yourself in love with Marry Me.
- Rated: PG-13
- Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance
- Release Date: 2/11/2022
- Directed by: Kat Coiro
- Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Fallon, John Bradley, Maluma, Owen Wilson, Sarah Silverman, Utkarsh Ambudkar
- Produced by: John Rogers
- Written by: Bobby Crosby, Harper Dill, John Rogers, Tami Sagher
- Studio: Kung Fu Monkey Productions, Nuyorican Productions, Perfect World Pictures