J.Lo's ‘Marry Me’ Is The Perfect Valentine’s Movie
A moment of inspired insanity leads to finding true love in this modern-day 'Roman Holiday' meets 'Notting Hill' flick
With everything that's been going on in the world, sometimes a little pick-me-up in the form of a sweet, cute, and relatable romantic comedy is just what we need. And that's just what Marry Me, starring Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson, is—a fresh and relevant romance story that will have you swooning this love month, hitched or not.
In the film, we meet Kat Valdez (Jennifer Lopez), half of the sexiest celebrity power couple on Earth with hot new music supernova Bastian (Maluma, in his feature-film debut). As Kat and Bastian’s inescapable hit single, “Marry Me,” climbs the charts, they are about to be wed before an audience of their fans in a ceremony that will be streamed across multiple platforms.
Then there’s divorced high-school math teacher Charlie Gilbert (Owen Wilson) who has been dragged to the concert by his daughter Lou (Chloe Coleman) and his best friend Parker (Sarah Silverman).
When Kat learns, seconds before the ceremony, that Bastian has cheated on her, her life turns left as she has a meltdown on stage, questioning love, truth, and loyalty.
Marry Me proposes that if what you know lets you down, then perhaps what you don’t know is the answer, and so, in a moment of inspired insanity, Kat chooses to marry Charlie. What begins as an impulsive reaction evolves into an unexpected romance. But as forces conspire to separate them, the universal question arises: Can two people from such different worlds bridge the gulf between them and build a place where they both belong?
As fantastical as the premise for the film may seem at first, film director Kat Coiro shares that many of the greatest true love stories often started in improbable, or impossible, ways. “When it comes to love, nothing is truly impossible. When you start asking people how they met their partner, you’ll hear these stories that seem like everything had to line up for that relationship to happen. Beneath all the wildness of this story, these are just two people meeting and falling in love, which happens every day.”
That perspective on the film was exactly what Lopez and her fellow filmmakers were looking for. “Kat had a real vision for what this movie could be,” Lopez says. “She was also fantastic to work with throughout the development of the film. People are going to love her work in this.”
Lopez, as both the film’s leading lady as well as a producer, brought every aspect of her experience at the height of the entertainment industry to bear on making the film into a true romantic event for audiences. She immediately connected with Kat and the film’s themes on multiple levels. “I understand this life,” Lopez says. “The film is literally going behind the veil of what it’s like to be a celebrity.”
Take a look inside J.Lo's Valentine's special in the video below:
Mark your calendars: Marry Me will open in local Philippine cinemas starting February 9!
Lead photo courtesy of Universal Pictures International