To Watch, or Not To Watch?

I think Jennifer Lopez has only made one movie. But it is a formula that works for her. So she makes the same flm over and over, just changing the names of the character and slightly altering the plot.

Marry Me, which was on of the films I watched on a recent international flight, is a comedy but also a commentary on contemporary society. Pop star plans on-stage wedding. Then there’s a preposterous switch.

You know how this one is going to end. The superstar boyfriend or the ordinary guy – who do you think gets the girl. This isn’t real life, this is fantasy (why is my brain channeling Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”? The movie must have really affected it.)

 I could have written this film. It is so formulaic as to border on boredom, without ever quite crossing over. You know there will be obligatory gay characters whose sexuality is not necessary to the plot but must be celebrated. 

The actors all seemed vaguely familiar to me, but I couldn’t place any of them. Is Hollywood churning out clones? Perhaps. The executive producer probably didn’t want anyone who would steal the spotlight from J-Lo – this is her film, her spotlight. (She was also one of the producers.)

I probably couldn’t name you a Jennifer Lopez song. I’m not her target audience . Which is fortunate for her, because she’d have a short career if she depended on people like me for her income.

Sometimes though a piece of fluff is what you need on a long flight. Marry Me filled that need perfectly

Of course there’s a soundtrack album filled with J-Lo tunes. Sounded like generic pop to me. The music could be Madonna. The actress could be Kim Kardashian. At least, I think it could be. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Kim Kardashian act. If she can.

If you are a Jennifer Lopez fan, you will love this movie. If you like chick flicks, you’ll probably enjoy it. If you are looking for some serious filmmaking, You may want to give this one a pass.

As one character says: “This is a manic response to an insane situation.” 

I must admit though, that once I turned off my brain I enjoyed it.


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