Jennifer Lopez is exceptionally good at being absolutely famous; everyone in the entertainment industry would say she is the queen of the romantic-comedy genre. She’s a global music sensation, dancer, and mom to two children. But she shines in leading roles on the screen where viewers can’t look away from her characters’ journeys to finding love.
Kat Coiro, director of Lopez’s latest romantic-comedy movie, “Marry Me” described her as the “perfect” candidate for the lead.
This Friday, the film that hits theaters and on Peacock TV is Lopez’s first rom-com since 2018. In it, she plays Kat Valdez, a Latin pop superstar who, in a moment of inspired insanity, marries a random audience member named Charlie Gilbert (Owen Wilson) during a concert performance after learning about her infidelity fiancé, Bastian (Maluma).
“Marry Me” doesn’t pull back the curtain on the dark secrets of celebrities, but it does play in Lopez’s hopeless romantic character within the limits of a PG-13 rating. Her Kat is a Lady Gaga-type singer who has had bad luck in the romance department, at least one divorce, and a 48-hour marriage. She’s going to marry Bastian (played by Colombian pop star Maluma), live in front of 20 million people while performing their hit single “Marry Me” but just before going on stage, draped in jewelry, she watches (with the rest of the world) a video of him intended cheating on her. Still, she already has the dress and location, so she looks into the audience, watches Owen Wilson’s Charlie, and chooses him to get married. It’s the most cinematic rom-com that’s ever existed, and it’s a film that carries its love for the genre up its sleeve, knowing references to everything from “Pretty Woman” to “Notting Hill.”
Although she doesn’t know when she chooses him, luckily for Kat, Charlie is just a lovely single dad to a cute 13-year-old girl with a cool Brooklyn loft, a dog, and a job as a high school math teacher. His divorce is friendly, he has no dark side, and his flaws are unexplored. Wilson is charming and does enough with very little.
“Marry Me” was directed by Kat Coiro, and written by Harper Dill and John Rogers.
Where can I watch Marry Me?
To watch “Marry Me” you must be subscribed to Peacock Premium ($4.99 a month) or the Peacock Premium Plus (ad-free) membership ($9.99). You can order the movie directly from the homepage or search to find the film and stream it in English or Spanish. Or you should simply go to theaters on February 11, 2022, to watch it.
Where was Marry Me filmed?
The main shooting took place in New York City in October and November 2019. A soundtrack album of the same name by Lopez and Maluma was also produced.
Is Marry Me on Netflix?
No, “Marry Me” is not on Netflix and will likely not be on Netflix any time soon, given that the film will be streaming on Peacock TV.
When will ‘Marry Me’ be released?
Marry Me debuts in theaters and on Peacock on February 11, 2022
- 2.5 stars out of 4
- Rating: PG-13
- Running time: 112 minutes