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Review: “Marry Me” fails to uphold expectations

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“Marry Me” came out last week, Feb. 11. TRL’s Audrey McCaffity shares her opinion on the film.

The unlikely marriage of an international pop star and math teacher starts a new rom-com that stays true to its cliche roots. “Marry Me” released on Feb. 11 fails to beat out “Death on the Nile,” released on the same day, at the box office.

The film stars Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson yet fails to execute its simple goal: to produce a classic romantic comedy. Though most rom-coms are filled with unlikely fairytale scenarios, this movie takes it to the extreme. Owen Wilson’s character Charlie Gilbert is a single father who went through a tough divorce. On a whim, he goes to a concert with his good friend Parker (Sarah Silverman) and his daughter Lou (Chloe Coleman). At the concert, he holds Parker’s sign that says “Marry Me” the name of the song that Kat Valdez (Jennifer Lopez) and Bastian (Maluma) wrote together and are planning to sing before they get married on live television. Shortly before going on for the final set, Kat finds out Bastian cheated on her, but she still goes on stage and decides to say yes to Charlie’s apparent marriage proposal. The two get married, and then make a plan to continue their relationship for public relations purposes. Over time, they fall in love and of course, the movie ends with a grand gesture that Kat makes to win Charlie back.

Jennifer Lopez produced this movie as well as starred in it; however, the big-name casting seemed to be an attempt to bail out a poorly written movie. Going into rom-coms, people expect cheesy plot lines but at the end of the day, the foundational plot for the movies are overdone. “Marry Me” could have been developed into something much more creative, but instead it felt like it was lazily written.

While Lopez and Wilson are great actors, there was not nearly enough chemistry between the two. Because of this, much of their more important scenes together seemed forced and almost awkward. Knowing the potential the movie had made watching these scenes even more frustrating. 

One highlight of the movie was seeing Kat and Charlie figure out how to interact with his daughter Lou. It was very sweet to see the way that someone Lou looks up to could help her to overcome her stage fright and the way that Charlie expressed his pride in his daughter even after her failure added an important heartfelt moment. 

The supporting cast members such as Maluma, Sarah Silverman and John Bradley played their roles very well providing some comedic relief as well as a strong character to root against. Without their roles in the movie, it would have just been straight-up boring for people to watch. 

Overall, “Marry Me” had potential but ultimately missed the mark. It would be a decent movie to watch in the background, but carving out time to watch it is not worth it. 

Rating: C-

 

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Audrey McCaffity, Section Editor
Beginning her fourth and final year on staff, Audrey McCaffity is more than excited to take on the role of Community Editor. The past four years have been filled with challenges, but TRL has been one constant to look forward to even on the hardest days. McCaffity dedicated lots of time to the varsity basketball team over the past three years and can’t wait to end on a good note her senior season. With the stress of college applications taking up much of her summer, McCaffity looks forward to being back in the stands at a football game wearing her leopard gear and surrounded by her favorite people. If she has learned one thing over her high school career, it is to always plan something to look forward to. McCaffity is determined to make her senior year the best of her high school experience. 
Ryann Daugherty, Graphics Editor
Beginning her fourth and final year on staff, senior Ryann Daugherty is excited about being Graphics Co-Editor. When she’s not in the newsroom, Daugherty can often be found on stand at the Lifetime pool, hanging out with her friends and drinking lots of coffee. Daugherty loves to travel and her most recent destination was the Dominican Republic where a week felt like hours. Although she spends lots of time now stressing over college applications, Daugherty still manages to be involved in numerous extracurricular activities. She is a two-year letterman for the discus, as well as vice president of the anti-bullying club, and an active member of the movie club, organic permaculture club, animals for action club and Key Club. Although she struggles with crippling anxiety, Daugherty is ironically content with the thought of setting off on her own and hopes for a fantastic final year of TRL.

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