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"Marry Me" (2022) Review: The Good and the Bad

An amateur film review writer who likes pretty much every film genre.

Jennifer Lopez as Kat Valdez

Jennifer Lopez as Kat Valdez

The movie sees the super-popular singer Kat Valdez (Jennifer Lopez) and Bastian (Maluma) getting married before a global audience of fans. But when Kat learns that Bastian has been unfaithful, she instead decides to marry Charlie (Owen Wilson), a stranger in the crowd who just so happens to hold a "Marry Me" sign.

Marry Me is a romance movie. That probably accurately describes what the movie is all about. It didn't attempt to add anything new to the genre (though there are some attempts), but it does a good job with what it has. That is not to say that the film is without its flaws. Speaking of...

The Good

1. A Sweet and Romantic Plot

Despite the predictability, the actual plot itself was charming, romantic, and heartfelt. The story of two people from two different lives and lines of work getting married due to an unfortunate circumstance before falling in love for real is just enough to keep the story interesting.

When the plot start kicking and you watch Kat and Charlie getting to know one another, it's enthralling, and you start to cheer for them to get together (even though you know it'll happen because it's a romance movie). Sure, there are a lot of cliché romantic moments sprinkled throughout the story, but they were handled well enough to create a decent romance movie.

Kat and Charlie

Kat and Charlie

2. Owen Wilson and Jennifer Lopez

The entire movie, as with any romantic film, hinges on the two stars having chemistry and being believable as a pair. Owen Wilson and Jennifer Lopez, fortunately for the film, had that chemistry. The couple exuded warmth and happiness. While their characters aren't the most sophisticated, you'll see, the writers provide enough material for them to work with.

Charlie is a caring person albeit socially awkward individual. And then, there’s Kat. Sure, Jennifer and Kat are just the same person; the only difference is in their names.

Some argue that she doesn't need to perform much in the film. However, Jennifer did her best to stand on the same pedestal aside with Owen Wilson. The result is a couple you want to be happy by the end of the film.

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3. Solid Supporting Casts

Not far behind is the great supporting cast of characters. You have Kat’s manager, Colin (John Bradley), Charlie’s teacher friend, Parker (Sarah Silverman), Charlie’s daughter, Lou (Chloe Coleman), and a slew of other characters.

Each of them makes a unique contribution to the overall plot. Colin was a caring and supportive manager to Kat. Parker is a supportive friend but also likes to make jokes at the expense of Charlie.

While not all of them are well-written or have a clear character arc, they are all given sufficient material to work with. Nothing noteworthy, but just enough to make you enjoy or dislike it, which is exactly how the movie wants you to feel.

The Bad

1. Singing in a Non-Musical Movie

The movie sees Jennifer Lopez singing in it for more three occasions. Then Maluma, (also a real-life musician) who plays Bastian, also sing a few times. We get it. They can sing, but now it's time to see if they can act and advance the plot.

If the singing wasn't cringy enough, there were additional scenes and dialogues that made you want to scream, "Please stop this and move on!" But those scenes on the other hand serve a purpose, but the singing does not. The point is a non-musical movie having more than two musical numbers in it is very tough to watch.

Owen Wilson as Charlie

Owen Wilson as Charlie

2. Predictable Story

Marry Me is a very predictable movie. Being predictable, on the other hand, isn't always a bad thing. It’s challenging to come up with anything new nowadays, especially romance movies. Not every movie will be a one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime. So, it being predictable is okay if it is handled well.

Tami Sagher and Harper Dill's screenplay is a by-the-numbers romance movie about two people from various social classes falling in love. Perhaps that is how the story goes in the web comic and graphic novels. Regardless of the underlying material, the writers should have at least attempted to be unique rather than sticking to the tried-and-true plot. Playing things safe, on the other hand, resulted in a predictable and charming plot.

Words of Recommendation

7/10 for Marry Me.

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