The Reel Review

B

When a pop superstar finds out her fiancé has been cheating on her with her assistant just seconds before her huge, globally-televised wedding, she impulsively decides to marry a random stranger out of the audience, a divorced high school math teacher, in this romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson.

Owen Wilson and Jennifer Lopez in Marry Me.

Can people from wildly different worlds defy the odds and make romance work? That is the question this completely preposterous rom-com tries to answer. Lopez looks amazing, sounds great and gives a heartfelt, charismatic performance as the pop diva with a history of questionable life choices.

Even Lopez’ onscreen chemistry is convincing enough with Wilson, who is charming as the nerdy, improbable new hubby. The supporting cast includes John Bradley (Samwell Tarly from Game of Thrones), Chloe Coleman (My Spy), a particularly funny Sarah Silverman and in his big screen debut, Colombian pop star Maluma.

Sarah Silverman and Chloe Coleman in Marry Me.

Is the montage-heavy story corny, predictable and ridiculous? ABSOLUTELY. Is it also infectiously charming? Yeah, it is. As long as you go in appreciating it for what it is, Marry Me is a sweet way to kill a couple of hours over the Valentine’s Day weekend – one of Lopez’ cuter rom-coms in recent years and an excellent platform for her soundtrack, which even has a couple of catchy tunes.

REEL FACTS

• Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson also starred together in the popular 1997 adventure/horror Anaconda.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez.

• Jennifer Lopez and fiancé Alex Rodriguez ended their five-year relationship in April 2021, nearly a year and a half after production of Marry Me completed in and around New York City.

• Jennifer Lopez has been married three times – to waiter Ojani Noa from 1997 to 1998, dancer Cris Judd from 2001 to 2003 and singer Marc Anthony from 2004 to 2014.

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