Sometimes the best performances an actor can deliver on screen are the ones that closely mirror who they are in real life.
They could be portraying another actor and draw from their own personal experiences to get into the right state of mind or perhaps they have gone through similar struggles and find that the best way to connect to the character.
And yet, in some instances, a character can be written in such a way that it just feels like the actor portraying them is just being 100 percent themselves just with a fake name and made-up storyline.
Marry Me, the latest romantic comedy to arrive in theaters as well as streaming on Peacock, essentially asks the question, “What if Jennifer Lopez randomly proposed to an average nice guy on the street and brought him into the world of superstardom?”
Director Kat Coiro’s major feature film debut evokes the classic Julia Roberts rom-com Notting Hill but without the same amount of heartfelt laughter and emotion.
When pop superstar Kat Valdez finds out her fiancé is cheating on her seconds before a live televised wedding, she spontaneously opts to marry Charlie, a stranger in the crowd, instead.
Lopez plays a heightened version of herself as Kat in a performance that’s slightly naïve to the world around her and just wants to make genuine connections with the people in her life.
Her chemistry with the dorky, yet charming Owen Wilson can be a tad hit-or-miss, but where Lopez truly shines in Marry Me are in the film’s numerous musical moments. Backed by a soundtrack she created, it often feels like Lopez is shooting a music video with dazzling wardrobe, a cavalcade of dancers and a flashy, constantly moving camera.
When Marry Me is at its most entertaining, it’s Kat walking down a flight of stairs in a million-dollar ballgown while belting a ballad or a montage of Kat and Charlie’s lives being changed by the other while Kat records the song playing in the background. It’s the Lopez show from start to finish.
Wilson, on the other hand, is as understated as he can be as the everyday man that he’s played in film after film after film. His chemistry with Lopez isn’t exactly ideal but works in the context of this romantic comedy as it doesn’t really matter how connected Wilson and Lopez actually are. He is effective on his own, especially as a sympathetic teacher. In a larger context, however, it’s clear Wilson is not on the same page as Lopez in the overall scheme of Marry Me.
Among the supporting players, none is better than comedienne Sarah Silverman as Wilson’s coworker and guidance counselor who just happens to be LGBTQ+ to keep her from being a better match than Lopez. Silverman delivers the comedy from start to finish and is largely responsible for much of the laughs of Marry Me as well as the impetus of the film’s plotline as well.
Written by four screenwriters, the overall plot of Marry Me is so incredulous that It makes the traditional romantic comedy seem bland by comparison, but Lopez and Wilson make the script work in their favor to create a largely enjoyable film.
While it isn’t the kind of movie that would be recommended to travel to the theaters to see, the fact that it is equally accessible on the Peacock streaming service makes Marry Me worth a mild recommendation for moviegoers to seek out if they already have the streaming service.