Something about Jennifer Lopez releasing a romantic comedy like it’s still 2001 made us smile. Jenny is back bringing us lewks and love! But did others Latinas agree? And did we all get that same sparkle from Marry Me? Or was this film better as an idea than an experience? To find out, we found seven Latina-authored reviews of Marry Me and collected them for you. Because honestly, when it comes to a JLo rom-com, Latinas’ responses are the only opinions we care about.
Remezcla editor Lyra Hale loved the film despite the genre not being her favorite. What makes it work? “How Kat’s character grows individually. Kat finds herself the more she lets go of her past and looks into her future. Personally, that makes for the best romcoms. Sure, finding love and all the cheesy goodness that comes with it is great. But the inner growth is key when accepting the love of another, at least in my book.” Read her full review.
Kristen Maldonado recommends the film via her Pop Culture Planet. Noting the talent at the center, she declares “Jennifer Lopez is at her best in Marry Me, showcasing why she’s a rom-com queen. She looks incredible with an award-worthy hair and makeup team, while the original music allows her to show off her natural stage presence and performance ability.” Read her full thoughts.
Fangirlish EIC and our friend Lissete Lanuza Sáenz also shared her favorite highlights, enjoying the romance, the plot arcs, and, of course, the songs! She writes, “Yes, Marry Me is a delightful, entertaining good time, one with a soundtrack that will probably make you sing along — there’s at least one song you can pick up in 0.2 seconds — and two leads charming enough to make you forget about the ludicrous premise… I’ve been blasting ‘On My Way’ nonstop since I first watched this movie.” Read her full review.
For mitú, our Cristina Escobar appreciates the natural limitations of the film, declaring “it’s not that deep” even as it had her smiling. For her, Marry Me is “about watching Jennifer Lopez remind us why she is THE Jennifer Lopez… She’s beautiful and approachable. Strong and vulnerable. Resourceful and coddled. In short, she’s just the sort of leading lady you can’t help but root for.” Read her full review.
Kathia Woods recognizes the film’s imperfections too in her review for Cup of Soul but also knows exactly who this film is for and what it is. She writes, “Marry Me is for Jlo fans and anyone looking for an escape during these difficult times. Sure, it’s a little corny, but maybe that’s just what we need right now.” Read her full review.
Noting that Marry Me’s source material is “a webcomic of the same name by Bobby Crosby,” Kate Sánchez of But Why Tho? A Geek Community finds plenty to enjoy. For her “the real star of Marry Me is the costuming department. Every on-stage outfit one-ups the next, and the glitz and grandeur on screen is not only beautiful but fun too. Even Lopez’s outfits throughout the film are looks that either make me want to buy them (especially her crop tops and athleisure) or at the very least add them to a Pinterest board—the hats not included.” Read her full review.
But Alessa Dominquez, culture writer at BuzzFeed, disagrees even though she identifies as “a fan of Lopez, of pop star movies, and even of the subgenre of a celebrity-dates-a-normie rom-coms (à la Notting Hill).” To her, “Marry Me doesn’t really deliver on any of those counts. The movie’s writing is so insistently bland that it makes the recent Addison Rae vehicle, He’s All That, with its gender-swapped, next-gen gloss on social media-era dating, look like an avant-garde masterpiece… Sometimes, the film itself comes off like product placement for Lopez and Maluma themselves.” Read her full review.