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forced marriage is an undeniably entertaining blast of dynamic, friction-filled chemistry between the leads and the reliably hilarious supporting role of Jennifer Coolidge.
We review Prime Video film Shotgun Wedding (2022) no spoilers.
Two action-packed romantic comedies have been released in the last twelve months. Both combine the cheesy quality of romance Die Hard–like escapades. The first was Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum’s vehicle, Lost City. Despite an inspired cameo, the film’s romance should have remained buried. The other, forced marriagekeep streaming Prime video on January 27 offers something different in this genre. They embrace the fact that couples openly argue and have disagreements long after they have completed their relationship. This is always funnier and offers a more offbeat experience that is always just entertaining.
Shotgun Wedding (2022) review and plot synopsis
The story follows Darcy (Jennifer Lopez) and Tom (Josh Duhamel) who are getting married on a beautiful tropical island in the middle of the Philippines. Tom is a former baseball player who can no longer play in the big leagues. He has to compete with the men in his fiancee’s life. On the one hand her father Robert (Cheech Marin), is worth $60 million. He is dating his much younger acupuncturist Harriet (D’Arcy Carden). Robert has no love for Tom and prefers his daughter to come to her senses and marries her former lover Sean (Lenny Kravitz), the successful entrepreneur and philanthropist who crashes her wedding by helicopter uninvited.
While Tom worries unduly about why Darcy refuses to accept the wedding experience, their destination wedding is overrun by two kinds of people. One of them is their overbearing and overbearing families. The other is a gang of pirates who take the wedding party hostage in order to loot much of Robert’s money. Luckily, Tom and Darcy are fighting in their hotel room about their cold feet. This forces them to work together to find help and save their family members.
Directed by Jason Moore (Pitch perfect) and written by Mark Hammer (Two night stand), forced marriage has some nice touches. For one, Duhamel’s Tom is in love and wants the most romantic wedding possible. At the same time, Lopez’s Darcy is ambivalent. The contrast adds a reverse type of friction that’s refreshing. The way Kravitz stabs Tom and makes a tall, dashing, handsome actor feel and act inappropriate is amusing. Duhamel’s ability to show insecurity is a real secret weapon here. (Can you imagine the original cast, Armie Hammer, in the role?). Above all, the chemistry between the leads is right and never gets boring. Especially when they work together and accidentally face-first outmaneuver their enemies.
While the third act falls into action-comedy clichés, the supporting cast bring some real laughs to the script, most notably Emmy and Golden Globe winners Jennifer Coolidge (The White Lotus). As usual, she’s here historically as Tom’s border-breaking mother. Coolidge’s well-known deadpan performance is spot on, as is her knack for a variety of comedic skills ranging from the physical to the improvisational. (She’s got the biggest firearms comedy scene since Meryl Streep in The Laundromat). This allows the lovely looking leading actors to take a breather after wearing a film with a light script.
Is Shotgun Wedding good?
Yes, forced marriage has some of the same cheesy themes as some romantic comedies. And yes, the final act has some of the same resolutions as many buddy action comedies. All are well done, however, and provide enough laughs from the deep bank of the cast’s comedic performers. Moore’s film doesn’t reinvent filmmaking or elevate the genre; it simply tops the touchdown by being undeniably entertaining and even cute.
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