With Valentine’s Day in the rearview mirror, it’s not too early to plan for next year.
With romantic comedy, a sacred Hollywood tradition, it’s Valentine’s Day all year round.
In contemporary American cinema, the rom-com, or romantic comedy, is the country of Jennifer, as in Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Garner and Jennifer Lopez.
Aniston (TV’s “Friends”, 1994-2004) is known for her romantic comedies, including “She’s Funny That Way” (2014), the last narrative feature directed by Peter Bogdanovich (1939 – 2022); “The Break-Up” (2006), opposite Vince Vaughn, and “Along Came Polly” (2004), opposite Ben Stiller.
Garner (TV’s “Alias”, 2001-2006) has many romantic comedies to his credit, including “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” (2009), “13 Going on 30” (2004) and “Catch Me If You Can” (2002 ).
Lopez, or J Lo as she is known, starred in romantic comedies “Second Act” (2018), “The Back-Up Plan” (2010), “Monster-in-Law” (2005). “Maid in Manhattan” (2002) and “The Wedding Planner” (2001).
Other notable romantic comedians include Julia Roberts, ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ (1997), ‘Runaway Bride’ (1999), ‘Pretty Woman’ (1990) and Meg Ryan, ‘You’ve Got Mail’ (1998) , “Sleeplessness in Seattle” (1993), “When Harry Met Sally” (1989).
There are also: Kristen Wiig, “Bridesmaids” (2011), Emma Stone, “Easy A” (2010), Amanda Seyfried, “Mama Mia! (2008), Sandra Bullock, “The Proposal” (2009); Katherine Heigl, “The Horrible Truth”, 2009; Drew Barrymore, “50 First Dates” (2004) and Kate Hudson, “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (2003).
It’s not just women who are known for contemporary romantic comedies. There are a lot of star males.
And of course there are the classic romantic comedies of Hollywood’s Golden Age.
Romantic comedies are a tried and true formula. And that’s the problem. They have become stereotyped. There are indications that the rom-com, the hallowed tradition of Hollywood, is becoming a hollowed-out tradition.
Despite an apparent decline in romantic comedies in theaters, Jennifer Lopez continues to tune in.
In “Marry Me,” Lopez stars as Kat Valdez, a popular singer who marries stranger Charlie (Owen Wilson), a math teacher, at her gig when she was supposed to marry another pop star (Maluma , a Latin pop and reggaeton sensation), but decides against it when she finds out he’s been having an affair.
Kat and Charlie’s wedding goes viral and Fallon (as in “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”).
The concert, by the way, looks a lot like a Madonna clip (“Papa Don’t Preach” meets “Material Girl”).
The film frequently goes into song whenever the plot drags (also frequently) with Lopez singing, which is quite enjoyable.
There’s even a vinyl record that spins Robert Goulet singing “If Ever I Would Leave You” (from the Lerner and Loewe musical, “Camelot”).
There is a subplot concerning Charlie and his relationship with his daughter Lou (Chloe Coleman).
Sarah Silverman, as Charlie’s friend, helps propel the plot, as do Kat Valdez’s assistants (John Bradley, Michelle Buteau).
Kat Coiro (director, “A Case of You”, 2013; “And While We Were Here”, 2012; “Life Happens”, 2011) is directing from a screenplay by John Rogers (“Transformers”, story, 2007; “Catwoman,” screenplay, 2004; “American Outlaws,” 2001), Tami Sagher (TV’s “Inside Amy Schumer,” 2015-2016) and Harper Dill (“The Mindy Project,” 2012-2013) based on the graphic novel by Bobby Crosby and Remy “Eisu” Mokhtar.
The storyline makes extensive use of social media, entertainment lingo, media frenzy, and fandom in the plot. It also provides plenty of behind-the-scenes looks at show business.
The film is a guilty pleasure in terms of glimpses into the lifestyle of a pop star and the fantasy realm of a fan meeting their idol and eventually dating or getting married.
Lopez has a very naturalistic acting style that serves him well.
Wilson has a good relationship with Lopez. His vocal intonation reminds me of the late Dwayne Hickman (May 18, 1934 – January 9, 2022) from the TV show “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” (1959 – 1963).
“Marry Me” joins the list of rom-coms for Lopez, which alone seems to be keeping them alive.
If you’re a fan of J-Lo, romantic comedies and the promise of romantic love, “Marry Me” might be the movie for you and your significant other.
After all, you don’t have to wait until next year’s Valentine’s Day to see it. With romantic comedy, Valentine’s Day can be any day.
MPAA rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Beware. Some content may be inappropriate for children under 13.) for certain suggestive language and content; Genre: Romance, Comedy, Music; Running time: 1 hour 52 minutes. Distributed by Universal Pictures.
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“Marry Me” uses the Poconos as a punch line. “My last birthday, I was at a conference in the Poconos,” Charlie recounts, to which Kat replies, “I have a lot to measure.”
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Feb. 18-20: “Uncharted,” starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg in an action movie based on the video game, opened at No. 1 for Presidents Day weekend, grossing $44.1 million , in 4,275 theaters, as “Dog,” starring Channing Tatum, opened at No. 2 with $15.1 million from 3,677 theaters.
3. “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” Starring Tom Holland, Won One Seat, $7.6 Million, 2,956 Theaters, $770.5 Million, 10 Weeks. ‘No Way Home’ is the third highest-grossing film of all time, having surpassed ‘Avatar’ (2009).
4. “Death on the Nile” dropped three spots from its one-week cruise to No. 1, with $6.2 million, in 3,280 theaters, $24.9 million, two weeks. 5. “Jackass Forever” fell three places, $5.2 million, in 3,071 theaters, $46.7 million, three weeks. 6. “Marry Me,” starring J Lo and Owen Wilson, dropped three spots, $3.6 million, from 3,643 theaters, $16.8 million, two weeks. 7. “Sing 2” lost one spot, $2.8 million, in 2,476 theaters, $147.3 million, nine weeks. 8. “Scream” lost one spot, $1.9 million, in 1,907 theaters, $77 million, six weeks. 9. “Blacklight,” starring Liam Neeson, $1.7 million from 2,772 theaters, $7 million, two weeks. 10. “The Cursed,” opening, $1.7 million, in 1,687 theaters.
Box Office Mojo box office information as of February 20.
A: Eva Husson directs Odessa Young, Josh O’Connor, Colin Firth and Olivia Colman in the romantic drama. A maid in post-war England wants to meet a man before he gets married.
Information about the opening date of the film from the Internet Movie Database as of February 20.
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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO UNIVERSAL PICTURES Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, ‘Marry Me’.