Jennifer Lopez film Shotgun Wedding branded ‘mediocre’ in reviews

Jennifer Lopez’s Shotgun Wedding branded ‘mediocre’ and ‘like White Lotus directed by Sylvester Stallone’ in first reviews as critics slam star’s ‘lack of chemistry’ with Josh Duhamel… but praise Jennifer Coolidge

  • Shotgun Wedding will be available for streaming exclusively on Prime Video on January 27, 2023 

Jennifer Lopez‘s latest marital rom-com Shotgun Wedding has been branded ‘capably mediocre’ and an ‘interminable slog’  by critics in first reviews.

The film follows couple Darcy (Jennifer) and Tom (Josh Duhamel) as their ‘extravagant destination wedding is hijacked by criminals’. Lenny Kravitz and comeback queen Jennifer Coolidge also star in the Jason Moore-directed flick.

However, the Amazon Prime film was slammed by critics over the ‘lack of chemistry’ between its leads, its ‘lazy rehashing of wedzilla tropes’ and for ‘wasting the talent’ of its star-studded cast.

Deadline critic Pete Hammond wrote:  ‘Its biggest problem is a complete lack of credibility or sense of reality that might make any of this over-the-top affair remotely plausible. 

Oh dear: Jennifer Lopez's latest marital rom-com Shotgun Wedding has been branded 'capably mediocre' and an 'interminable slog' by critics in first reviews (pictured with Josh Duhamel in the film)

Oh dear: Jennifer Lopez’s latest marital rom-com Shotgun Wedding has been branded ‘capably mediocre’ and an ‘interminable slog’ by critics in first reviews (pictured with Josh Duhamel in the film)

‘The incredulity of it all won’t matter much to non-discerning viewers, however, who put pace and fun above logic and recognizable human beings.’

Variety critic Guy Lodge likened the ‘capably mediocre’ flick to an episode of The White Lotus ‘directed by Sylvester Stallone’ due to a plethora of explosive scenes centered around wealthy characters.

He wrote; ‘Jason Moore’s strangely sour romcom-action hybrid is comfort viewing for anyone who wants rich people to be the good guys again. 

‘Sometimes feeling like an episode of The White Lotus directed by Sylvester Stallone, Shotgun Wedding reverses the eat-the-rich sentiment recently popularized by that TV phenomenon, along with last year’s caustic One Percent satires Triangle of Sadness and The Menu. This time, the rich folks fight back. Perhaps some viewers will cheer them on.

Praised: The film follows couple Darcy (Jennifer) and Tom (Josh Duhamel) as their ' extravagant destination wedding is hijacked by criminals'. Lenny Kravitz and comeback queen Jennifer Coolidge (pictured) also also in the Jason Moore-directed flick

Praised: The film follows couple Darcy (Jennifer) and Tom (Josh Duhamel) as their ‘ extravagant destination wedding is hijacked by criminals’. Lenny Kravitz and comeback queen Jennifer Coolidge (pictured) also also in the Jason Moore-directed flick

Response: However, the Amazon Prime film was slammed by critics over the 'lack of chemistry' between its leads, its 'lazy rehashing of wedzilla tropes' and for 'wasting the talent' of its star-studded cast

Response: However, the Amazon Prime film was slammed by critics over the ‘lack of chemistry’ between its leads, its ‘lazy rehashing of wedzilla tropes’ and for ‘wasting the talent’ of its star-studded cast

‘When it sticks to the trivial stuff, Shotgun Wedding is at least capably mediocre.’ 

Hollywood Reporter critic  Angie Han wrote: ‘It is, in a lot of ways, the quintessential plane movie: not bad enough to be offensive, neither good enough to demand your full attention nor complicated enough to require it, and better than having nothing to watch at all. 

‘The promising cast struggle to make much of a script (written by Mark Hammer) that never seems to have imagined any of its characters’ lives or personalities outside this particular event.’

IndieWire critic Ella Kemp took aim at the film’s ‘flat storyline’ but said Lopez and Coolidge shone in rare moments.

‘The film feels ripped from 2002, or 2003 if you like, which was the last time she and Ben Affleck were together, before rekindling their relationship in April 2021 – which was also when the film wrapped. Coolidge is also a joy to watch off the back of her Golden Globe-winning turn as Tanya

‘Shotgun Wedding falls flat as any kind of explosive or endearing couples comedy, but shines in moments thanks to the women anchoring its pirate antics.’

The Wrap’s Elizabeth Weltzman lambasted the movie for its ‘haphazard editing and inconsistent tone’ while zeroing in on the lack of chemistry between Lopez and Duhamel.

Action: Deadline critic Pete Hammond wrote: 'Its biggest problem is a complete lack of credibility or sense of reality that might make any of this over-the-top affair remotely plausible

Action: Deadline critic Pete Hammond wrote: ‘Its biggest problem is a complete lack of credibility or sense of reality that might make any of this over-the-top affair remotely plausible

Shotgun Wedding: What the critics said 

Pete Hammond, Deadline:

‘Its biggest problem is a complete lack of credibility or sense of reality that might make any of this over-the-top affair remotely plausible.’

Guy Lodge, Variety:

‘Sometimes feeling like an episode of The White Lotus directed by Sylvester Stallone, Shotgun Wedding reverses the eat-the-rich sentiment… When it sticks to the trivial stuff, Shotgun Wedding  is at least capably mediocre.’

Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter:

‘Nowhere is Shotgun Wedding’s waste of talent more glaring than in its leading duo. Duhamel and Lopez spend a big chunk of the 100-minute run time literally handcuffed together, yet never generate enough chemistry to convince us they belong together.’  

Elizabeth Weltzman, The Wrap:

‘Unfortunately, though, the leads — both of whom radiate individual charisma — are entirely lacking in chemistry. And it’s not just them. There is little connection between anyone, or even any event, in a project that takes all its assets for granted.’

Marya E. gates, The Playlist:

‘Unfortunately, memorable moments are few and far between here, and those are mostly spoiled by the film’s trailer…. If this kind of playful subversion of wedding day angst were employed more successfully throughout Shotgun Wedding, the film might have been the event of the season, rather than the interminable slog it is.’

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Rating:

‘Well, it’s pretty good: enjoyably goofy and sparkily written. There are some nice gags here, and smart twists from screenwriter Mark Hammer, and some funny supporting turns. Jennifer Coolidge comes close to stealing the whole thing as Darcy’s eccentric future mother-in-law Carol.’

Tania Hussain, Collider:

‘While no movie genre has ever been more celebrated and mocked as the rom-com, Lopez manages to make this destination wedding a fun one by offering audiences the exact escape we expect from these kinds of movies. 

It still works even if it’s a bounty of age-old rom-com tropes and comical absurdities that could find their way into an outlandish Tim Robinson sketch.’

Ella Kemp, IndieWire:

‘Shotgun Wedding falls flat as any kind of explosive or endearing couples comedy, but shines in moments thanks to the women anchoring its pirate antics.’

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She wrote: ‘There is no need for any screenwriter to rehash lazy wedzilla tropes ever again, regardless of gender

‘The story is perfunctory, the editing haphazard and the tone inconsistent. There’s too much violence for the escapist rom-com the dialogue suggests, and not enough adventure for the Die Hard in Paradise plotting.

‘Unfortunately, though, the leads — both of whom radiate individual charisma — are entirely lacking in chemistry. And it’s not just them. There is little connection between anyone, or even any event, in a project that takes all its assets for granted.’ 

The Playlist critic Marya E. Gates also praised Collidge’s performance but ultimately branded the film an ‘interminable slog.’

She wrote: ‘Unfortunately, memorable moments are few and far between here, and those are mostly spoiled by the film’s trailer. Like late in the film when Coolidge grabs one of the titular shotguns and opens fire on her captors in extreme slow-motion. 

Seen this before? Variety critic Guy Lodge likened the 'capably mediocre' flick to an episode of The White Lotus (pictured) 'directed by Sylvester Stallone' due to a plethora of explosive scenes centered around wealthy characters

Seen this before? Variety critic Guy Lodge likened the ‘capably mediocre’ flick to an episode of The White Lotus (pictured) ‘directed by Sylvester Stallone’ due to a plethora of explosive scenes centered around wealthy characters

‘Or when Lopez, also wielding a shotgun, demands an apology from her parents for how terribly they’ve treated her fiancé over the years. 

‘If this kind of playful subversion of wedding day angst were employed more successfully throughout Shotgun Wedding, the film might have been the event of the season, rather than the interminable slog it is 

Collider critic Tania Hussain praised Lopez’ performance and branded the film a ‘charming escape.’ 

‘While no movie genre has ever been more celebrated and mocked as the rom-com, Lopez manages to make this destination wedding a fun one by offering audiences the exact escape we expect from these kinds of movies. 

‘The premise itself might seem silly or far-fetched and suffer from some pacing issues, but it’s precisely what makes for a very charming and welcoming escape 

Baddie: IndieWire critic Ella Kemp took aim at the film's 'flat storyline' but said Lopez and Coolidge shone in rare moments

Baddie: IndieWire critic Ella Kemp took aim at the film’s ‘flat storyline’ but said Lopez and Coolidge shone in rare moments

It still works even if it’s a bounty of age-old rom-com tropes and comical absurdities that could find their way into an outlandish Tim Robinson sketch.’

The Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw gave the film three out of five stars and singled out Coolidge’s portrayal of Duhamel’s mother Carol for praise.

He writes: ‘Well, it’s pretty good: enjoyably goofy and sparkily written. There are some nice gags here, and smart twists from screenwriter Mark Hammer, and some funny supporting turns. Jennifer Coolidge comes close to stealing the whole thing as Darcy’s eccentric future mother-in-law Carol,  

‘It may be a bit corny, but Hammer keeps the funny lines coming and it has some pep that George Clooney and Julia Roberts’ recent romcom effort Ticket to Ride didn’t.’

It’s been a bumpy ride so far for Shotgun Wedding.

Josh replaced Armie Hammer as the male lead after he stepped down from the movie amid a social media scandal.

The streaming service has acquired the rights to the Lionsgate flick in the US.

Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said in April: ‘Packed with action, comedy, and a dash of romance, Shotgun Wedding is one of those rare films with something for everyone.

‘With a cast led by Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel, the film is bursting with star power and fantastic performances. We are thrilled to work with the entire filmmaking team to bring this hilarious, multifaceted film to Prime Video audiences around the world.’

Lopez will also be starring in the film The Mother from Netflix.

The movie is about a ‘deadly female assassin that comes out of hiding to protect the daughter that she gave up years before, while on the run from dangerous men,’ per the streaming service.

Shotgun Wedding will be available for streaming exclusively on Prime Video on January 27, 2023. 

Ab-liciuous: Shotgun Wedding will be available for streaming exclusively on Prime Video on January 27, 2023

Ab-liciuous: Shotgun Wedding will be available for streaming exclusively on Prime Video on January 27, 2023

JENNIFER LOPEZ’S MOVIE WEDDING DRESSES

Jennifer Lopez has played a bride many times in her movies.

Here is a look at some of her best gowns on the silver screens.

In The Wedding Planner in 2001 with Matthew McConaughey she had on a satin off the shoulder dress. 

In the film Enough from 2002 with actor Billy Campbell, Jenny had on a lowcut gown with a sweetheart neckline. 

For 2006’s El Cantante she had on a long sleeved satin gown with a lace overlay. She worked with – at the time – real life husband Marc Anthony who also played her husband. 

In 2021’s Marry Me she had on a beige lace and crystal gown to say yes to Maluma but he never showed. 

And in this year’s movie Shotgun Wedding she modeled a gauze dress with a sweetheart neckline.  

A beautiful bride: Seen in the film The Wedding Planner in 2001 with Matthew McConaughey

Married on film: In the film Enough from 2002 with actor Billy Campbell

Married on film: In the film Enough from 2002 with actor Billy Campbell

A bride on film and in real life: Lopez with real life husband Marc Anthony who also played her husband in El Cantante

A bride on film and in real life: Lopez with real life husband Marc Anthony who also played her husband in El Cantante

All dressed up to wed: In a silver wedding gown for her next movie Marry Me

All dressed up to wed: In a silver wedding gown for her next movie Marry Me

Be my man: Jenny points to Owen's character as he appears on the screen behind her

Be my man: Jenny points to Owen’s character as he appears on the screen behind her

Will your take Jennifer Lopez - as Kat - to be your wife? Lopez and Wilson are face to face as he says 'OK' to being her husband

Will your take Jennifer Lopez – as Kat – to be your wife? Lopez and Wilson are face to face as he says ‘OK’ to being her husband

Another wedding dress: In her gown for the 2022 film Shotgun Wedding

Another wedding dress: In her gown for the 2022 film Shotgun Wedding

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