Film review: Marry Me starring Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson and Maluma

Packed with original songs by Jennifer Lopez and global Latin music star Maluma, Marry Me is a light-hearted rom-com that lands in cinemas today in time for Valentine’s Day. In Marry Me, the pop superstar is trapped in a glass cage of fame and fortune,  but takes ‘a leap of faith’ to unleash the vulnerable and ordinary self who only desires true love. 

The story
Marry Me stars Jennifer Lopez 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.
The trailer
Listen to the first single from the MARRY ME soundtrack “On My Way” by Jennifer Lopez:
The verdict 
Marry Me is the typical feel-good rom-com that bears the JLo’s signature. A bit predictable and funny although not tummy-aching type of hilarious. The protagonist is a diva extraordinaire, a very wealthy, one-woman entertainment ‘bomb’ with a big entourage like JLo herself. Previously in movies JLo featured as a tough and ambitious working-class lady in roles such as the wedding planner, the maid in Manhattan, the retail worker in Second act. Here she plays a role that resembles more her real life. 
The best part of this film is the soundtrack, made of primarily JLo’s songs. I am a fan and I loved her performances in this movie. 
I invited to this special media screening my teenage protege Amber (15) who thought the movie was enjoyable and funny. She said that she would definitely watch it again and again. Her favourite moment was when Owen Wilson stepped on Jlo’s hair extensions thinking it was a rat. She liked Marry Me mainly because it was uplifting throughout. Who doesn’t need this type of films these days anyway…
London mums’ rating: 6/10
Teenager’s rating: 8/10 
Marry Me is released on today in the UK.

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