We’re going to admit something very weird by the end of this post, just so you know. But first, J Lo’s got a rom com coming out, which not only means nature is healing, but also promises that we could be getting some primo red carpet shenanigans should Bennifer 2.0 last until February. Anyway, watch and see if you can spot the exact moment at which this trailer becomes officially ridiculous.
Did you say the 1:15 mark? Because you are RIGHT! The first minute of this looks really cute and fluffy, with Jennifer and Maluma both in the role of a lifetime – specifically, their lifetimes – which means you don’t have to worry if the acting’s up to snuff. Everyone’s playing themselves! “Kat Valdez!” Sure, girl! Sounds like a Drag Race contestant, but we’ll go there with you, tacky Zuhair Murad gown and all. But then it just gets so unbelievable that they have to actually have a character (Sarah Silverman, who could get a solid ten minutes of standup material out of this job if she wanted to) shout that THIS IS THE MOST UNBELIEVABLE THING THAT EVER HAPPENED! We also have our doubts that J Lo and Owen Wilson possess any kind of chemistry, but you can’t really tell that sort of thing from a trailer. All we know is this…
It’s a light, silly rom com with a lot of glamour and a purely stupid hook at the center of it. It’s not necessarily our cup of tea, but we can see the fun in following along with the silliness for a couple of hours. Anyway, here’s our big, weird secret: At the absolute lowest points of lockdown time, when we were struggling mightily with a lack of content (just as every other entertainment/fashion site and publication was), we used to click through our pre-lockdown archives and look wistfully at, among other things, our coverage of this film‘s location shoots. We specifically settled on that day where she was shown in the Murad wedding gown as the last time we’d ever covered a big star at work in high fashion and for a year and a half after, we wondered whatever happened to that movie and if they ever finished it before things went to shit.
Packed with original songs by Jennifer Lopez and global Latin music star Maluma, Marry Me arrives next Valentine’s Day with Lopez starring 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.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, Maluma, John Bradley, Chloe Coleman and Sarah Silverman
Director: Kat Coiro
Screenplay by: John Rogers & Tami Sagher and Harper Dill
Based on the graphic novel by Bobby Crosby
Producers: Jennifer Lopez p.g.a., Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas p.g.a, John Rogers, Benny Medina Executive Producers: Alex Brown, Willie Mercer, Pamela Thur, J.B. Roberts
Marry Me – In Theaters Valentine’s Day
[Photo Credit: Universal Pictures – Video Credit: Universal Pictures/YouTube]