‘Shotgun Marriage ceremony’ evaluation: Prime Video rom-com no funnier than Jennifer Lopez’s different bridal motion pictures, however a lot louder

Jennifer Lopez loves doing wedding ceremony motion pictures the way in which Kevin Costner loves doing sports activities motion pictures, and by my depend Lopez has performed a bride onscreen 9 occasions (cue the Mrs. Bueller response, NINE TIMES?) in fare together with final yr’s “Marry Me,” “The Again-up Plan” (2010), “Monster-in-Legislation” (2005), “The Marriage ceremony Planner” (2001) and now “Shotgun Marriage ceremony,” which shares one thing else in widespread in addition to weddings with the aforementioned movies.


All due respect to Lopez’ longevity and acknowledging that a few of these movies have their diehard followers, J. Lo has by no means scored with a traditional romantic comedy, and although she as soon as once more provides it her all and dives into one other ludicrous premise, there’s no salvaging this intentionally over-the-top, mixed-genre effort that performs like a slapstick tackle “Die Exhausting” at a marriage. That’s type of intriguing, however the execution is missing in sharpness and chew.

The truth is, director Jason Moore (“Pitch Good”), working from a screenplay by Mark Hammer, provides the movie the look of an easy, R-rated actioner, full with prolonged motion sequences (that includes not-great CGI), plenty of explosions and a few pretty grotesque hand-to-hand fight sequences.

It’s an attention-grabbing thought to juxtapose that type with the standard wedding-movie plots concerning the couple having last-minute jitters and the about-to-be-in-laws behaving in embarrassing methods and one of the best pals of the bride and groom hooking up. However the jokes typically fall flat, and by the point we get to the purpose the place everybody assembled simply occurs to know the phrases of a long-ago pop hit, and sure, we already noticed that with “My Finest Pal’s Marriage ceremony,” we’re satisfied that is one proposal that by no means ought to have reached the aisle.

(“Shotgun Marriage ceremony” did have one thing of an extended engagement. At first, Ryan Reynolds was slated to play Lopez’ fiancé. Then it was Armie Hammer, whose private controversies and troubles led to Josh Duhamel taking the position.)

Once we meet Lopez’ Darcy and Duhamel’s Tom, they’ve gathered with family and friends for a Vacation spot Marriage ceremony at a resort within the Philippines (with the Dominican Republic because the precise filming location), a lot to the dismay of Darcy’s rich father, Robert (Cheech Marin), who laments that they might have been on the 4 Seasons if that they had allowed him to pay for all the pieces. (I dunno. It’s nonetheless a lavish setting that will be past the attain of 99% of engaged {couples}.)

In speedy style, we meet the marriage occasion, together with:

  • Darcy’s youthful sister Jamie (Callie Hernandez), a wisecracking hardass who inexplicably hooks up with Tom’s wacky finest buddy Ricky (Desmin Borges).
  • Tom’s heat and loving however socially clunky dad and mom Larry (Steve Coulter), who information all the pieces with a video digicam straight out of the early 2000s, and Carol (Jennifer Coolidge, YES!), who’s just about like each character Jennifer Coolidge has performed in recent times, and we’re actually good with that.

Jennifer Coolidge does her Jennifer Coolidge factor as Darcy’s future mother-in-law.

  • Darcy’s regal and icy mom Renata (the luminous Sonia Braga), who continues to be bitter over Robert leaving her and getting concerned with the a lot youthful, airhead yoga teacher Harriet (D’Arcy Carden).
  • Oh, and at her father’s insistence, Darcy has invited her dashing, globe-trotting, unbearably self-centered ex-fiancé Sean (Lenny Kravitz), by no means believing he’d really present up — however present up he does, making a usually splashy entrance in a non-public helicopter.

After an prolonged rehearsal dinner sequence that lets us know we’re in for half-baked humor, Darcy and Tom get into an enormous row on the morning of the marriage and discover themselves on one aspect of the island — simply as mask-wearing pirates storm the marriage compound, take everybody hostage and demand that Robert pay a hefty ransom. That is when Darcy and Tom abruptly turn into motion heroes, even because the bickering continues, with Darcy complaining that Tom was so hyper-focused on being a “groomzilla” that he forgot about Darcy’s wants, and Tom griping that Darcy is as soon as once more discovering an excuse to keep away from dedication due to daddy points or one thing.

Lopez and Duhamel make for a great-looking couple, however they don’t have essentially the most scorching chemistry onscreen, with Lopez enjoying almost each scene within the broadest style doable, whereas the likable Duhamel, veteran of rom-coms comparable to “Life As We Know It” and “When in Rome,” comes throughout as being as stressed with developments as we’re. At occasions, it’s painfully apparent they’re in entrance of inexperienced screens; on different events, it’s much more apparent they’re of their respective trailers or resort rooms whereas the stunt performers take over. “Mission: Not possible” this ain’t.

As for the supporting gamers: Sonia Braga is criminally underused, Lenny Kravitz is a picket and unconvincing heel, Cheech Marin is wasted enjoying a money-obsessed stiff, and there’s simply not sufficient Jennifer Coolidge to avoid wasting the day, although one can’t assist however smile when Coolidge’s Carol tells the pirates she was her hometown’s “prime Realtor in 1998 and once more in 2007.” I believe I’d relatively see a film about Carol’s adventures by the years than “Die Exhausting at a Vacation spot Marriage ceremony.”

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