Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, Sarah Silverman, Chloe Coleman, and Malian.
Directed By Kat Corio
Where I Watched It: Peacock
English Audio Description Available: Read to find out.
The Plot: in a departure, Jennifer Lopez tackles the polar opposite role of Kat, a pop singer, who has made some terrible love life choices, and is currently set to marry another fellow Latin artist (Maluna) in concert, in front of their fans, until news breaks that he cheated on her. So, she calls an audible and proposes to a random person in the audience, a math teacher (Wilson), a divorced single father who might just be what she needs.
What Works: Well, it is Valentine’s Day weekend after all, so Marry Me is landing at just the right moment, and I have to admit, while this will not be a classic romcom, it is surprisingly the kind of film we need coming out of this pandemic. It is delicious cotton candy fluff, and never pretends to be more than that. It casts Lopez basically as herself, and just has a unique (admittedly far fetched) premise that brings her together with someone who might just be worth the marriage proposal.
I don’t want to directly spoil anything, but this movie gives you exactly what you want from it. it never promises to be anything more than just another romantic comedy, a nice time in front of a screen, with two people who have chemistry and charisma. And for good measure, they went and paid Sarah Silverman. As if we needed one more reason.
Wilson, who seems to be an acquired taste, is perfectly fine in his role. Sure, he’s had his share of Wedding Crashers type roles, but he’s smart and sweet and sits perfectly in the role he’s required to play. The films greatest sin might be that despite coming up with a unique catalyst, this is still formulaic. But, formulas work for a reason, and this film promises exactly what it delivers.
What Doesn’t Work: Again, this really is going to be a personal taste thing. Lopez is Lopez. Wilson is Wilson. If you don’t like them, they won’t be changing your mind here. The film is paint by numbers romcom, so if you only watch artsy stuff like The Power Of The Dog, then you won’t like this. It’s not Pretty Woman, it’s not an instant classic, and it won’t win any film awards. I also don’t think it cares.
The Blind Perspective: i followed this without audio description. I have Peacock, but their app is so poorly designed, it took a mountain just to find this film on Peacock, and I’ve never been able to find/activate AD for anything on this service based on how I view films (which is unique only to Peacock and their poorly designed app). So, I can’t say if this has AD or not, but I will tell you that I watched it without and still enjoyed the movie.
Final Thoughts: Again, it’s just a nice romantic comedy, something to put a smile on your face amidst a field of often over serious and dark product, or streaming romantic comedies that feel too close to Hallmark to be memorable. This one, I might remember years from now. Maybe I’ll even rewatch it at some point in my lifetime. It didn’t reinvent the wheel, it just is another wheel. Sometimes critics slam movies like this, but I think it’s OK to just admit this is fluff and only fluff and still say it works and give it a soft thumbs up.
Final Grade: B