review by Bobby Blakey
Hot off her romantic comedy Marry Me, Jennifer Lopez is delivering yet another in the same vein, but this time with an action twist with her upcoming film Shotgun Wedding. The film co-stars Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Coolidge, Sônia Braga, Cheech Marin, Selena Tan, D’Arcy Carden, Callie Hernandez, Desmin Borges, Steve Coulter, Alberto Isaac, and Lenny Kravitz from Pitch Perfect and Sisters director Jason Moore. Could this film bring the action and laughs or is it wedding not worth being invited to?
Shotgun Wedding follows Darcy and Tom who gather their lovable but very opinionated families for the ultimate destination wedding, just as the couple begin to get cold feet. And if that wasn’t enough of a threat to the celebration, suddenly everyone’s lives are in danger when the entire party is taken hostage. “’Til Death Do Us Part” takes on a whole new meaning in this hilarious, adrenaline-fueled adventure as Darcy and Tom must save their loved ones—if they don’t kill each other first.
I have to admit that I am not the biggest Jennifer Lopez fan, but there have been some roles and films that I really enjoyed. The supporting cast here along with Lopez and Duhamel mange to make it one that I was hoping might deliver something that was a lot of fun and it succeeds for the most part. It isn’t anything you haven’t seen before with the vibe of it being similar to the more recent Lost City film, but minus the treasure hunting and wedding in its place. Where it sets itself apart is the chaotic family dynamic that brings the most entertainment outside of the action.
Lopez and Duhamel have great chemistry being believable as both a couple as well as complete opposites that have no business being together. This brings a fun dynamic during their action packed game of survival against these pirates invading their wedding. Thankfully most of the laughs come within the action
instead of trying to make either of them sudden badass’, but not for the sake of trying to some fun moments.
Where the big laughs come from is the supporting cast most notably the always hilarious and awesome Jennifer Coolidge. A lot of her one-liners are throw away lines, but hilarious in delivery and timing which had me laughing every time. She even gets her very own action sequence that is a joy to watch. The rest of the cast bring their own moments to the story bringing it all together while letting Lopez and Duhamel carry the heft of it all.
Through all the action and fun the film is still pretty clichéd and by the numbers. It’s not really hard to figure out what is going to happen next, but it works well enough to keep you entertained right until the very end. Even with that the film works in what is trying to accomplish and worth checking out.
Decide for yourself and check out Shotgun Wedding streaming exclusively now on Prime Video.