Directed by Kat Coiro
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, Chloe Coleman, Maluma, John Bradley & Sarah Silverman
Every decade has that RomCom that feels truly special. The one that shines above all the other good ones. The one that as you watch it- you get those goosebumps knowing you’re watching something special- that is exactly what Marry Me is.
Music superstars Kat Valdez and Bastian are getting married before a global audience of fans. But when Kat learns, seconds before her vows, that Bastian has been unfaithful, she decides to marry Charlie, a stranger in the crowd, instead.
The screenplay works so well, you’d imagine with a plot summary like the one above that this film would not work out near as well as it does. Yet, everything about the script just works- the ridiculous concept becomes believable, and we the viewer is left off with this fluttering feeling of watching a magical love story unfold. The characters we meet are so normal and grounded- they have their own flaws, insecurities, and self doubts. Whether they‘re a world famous pop star or just the math teacher, both our leads are so fleshed out and grounded that we can believe that both are just these normal humans that have been burned in the past, that allows for us to believe that these two could eventually fall in love. The love they grow is shown slowly but surely, the small glimpses are very much there- and once again we can see the natural progression from an unlikely bond to a true friendship and onwards to an actual passionate love.
The soundtrack is phenomenal, all the songs made for the film work so well and honestly I’ve caught myself listening to them on Spotify ever since the credits rolled last night.
The cast is also perfect in every single way. John Bradley and Sarah Silverman have given some of my favorite supporting roles of the year- especially Bradley, whose character Colin (the agent) just radiates so much care and concern over his client J Lo’s Kat Valdez. Whenever Bradley was on the screen, I couldn’t help but be captivated by the way his character just unconditionally cared for his client not just because they make him money, but because she is his friend. Owen Wilson and Jennifer Lopez do some of their best work here, and you cannot convince me that without the chemistry that the two have- that this film would’ve succeeded as much as it did. Every scene between them feels so passionate, and one could almost forget that the two were acting as the passion built up between their characters.
Marry Me is a special romcom, one that will be one of those that just gets better over time- and develops a special spot in so many viewers hearts. It is well worth the stream, and or premium rent cost on VOD. Take your significant other to this film, or just enjoy one of the best of the genre at home. You won’t regret it.