Valentine’s Day is still months away, but moviegoers know that they will at least get to see one romantic comedy around that time. Enter Universal Studios’ “Marry Me.” The film stars Jennifer Lopez as Kat, a successful singer who hatched a plans with her future Bastian (Malmua) fiancée for a concert proposal. But just as Kat is about to go on stage, she discovers that Bastian cheated on her. And in an effort not to reveal her sorrow, she sees a Marry Me sign held by Charlie Gilbert (Owen Wilson), and says yes to his harmless concocted proposal. And things only get crazier from there.
There’s no pretending that there’s any originality when it comes to the story of a high-society person downgrading from someone who is her equal to someone who is a mere commoner. But it is a matter of finding the right people to carry that story from beginning to end. So Lopez’s celebrity energy colliding with Wilson’s down to Earth charms seems like it makes for an endearing combination. We’ll just have to wait and see if it all works out in the end.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for “Marry Me:”
Packed with original songs by Jennifer Lopez and global Latin music star Maluma, Marry Me arrives next Valentine’s Day with Lopez starring as musical superstar Kat Valdez and Owen Wilson as Charlie Gilbert, a math teacher—total strangers who agree to marry and then get to know each other. An unlikely romance about two different people searching for something real in a world where value is based on likes and followers, Marry Me is a modern love story about celebrity, marriage and social media.
Kat Valdez (Lopez) is half of the sexiest celebrity power couple on Earth with hot new music supernova Bastian (Maluma, making 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.
Divorced high-school math teacher Charlie Gilbert (Owen Wilson) has been dragged to the concert by his daughter Lou (Chloe Coleman, Big Little Lies) and his best friend (Sarah Silverman). When Kat learns, seconds before the ceremony, that Bastian has cheated on her with her assistant, her life turns left as she has a meltdown on stage, questioning love, truth and loyalty. As her gossamer world falls away, she locks eyes with a stranger—a face in the crowd.
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?
John Bradley, Chloe Coleman and Sarah Silverman also star.
“Marry Me” opens in theaters on February 14, 2022.