Jennifer Lopez is finally back to romantic comedies with Marry Me. A very late 1990s movie mixed with great music.
Marry Me doesn’t bring anything new to the table. However, the heavy script reliance on the “something old” and “something borrowed,” mixed with the well-matched leads make it easy to say “I do.” Surprising, sexy, and smart, the movie isn’t just a charmer, it’s one of the best romantic comedies of the last decade.
Sadly, I do think that Maluma wasn’t the best choice here. Yes, the script requires a Latin male lead, however, he just doesn’t have any acting skills. On the other hand, Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson, who are not the most natural choices for a movie power couple, have a gentle, lived-in chemistry that serves the movie well.
However, being the perfectionist, I like to nitpick. Wilson’s character was so unbelievable it’s annoying. Did they have to make his character so saintly? Instead of WOO HOO I HIT THE JACKPOT, BABY, he’s like its no big deal to score with a wealthy pop star. Like, if you had the chance to marry Jennifer Lopez (whatever the context is), I’m pretty sure that your reaction won’t be “ok cool”.
Should you watch it?
Does Marry Me break new ground? No, but its not aiming to redefine the genre. There’s some genuine heart, emotion and insight with two likable characters. Minus Maluma.