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Review: Shotgun Wedding
Save The Day
Darcy and Tom gather their families for the ultimate destination wedding, but 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.
You know, as a Puerto Rican I really do think that I have to do my best to root for Jennifer Lopez’s success. It hasn’t been that many years since she came so close to getting an Oscar nomination. And I have been happy to see her more active in the movie scene again of late.
But I have to call it like I see it, and after a little over a year of reading various news items on her latest film with co-star Josh Duhamel, Shotgun Wedding, and the distribution mess it went through in regard to Lionsgate selling it off for Amazon to release - I was left feeling like the wait wasn’t worth it.
This film is supposed to be an action comedy, but save for maybe two or three times in the whole movie (Usually thanks to Jennifer Coolidge saving a scene) I found myself watching this with literally no emotion, much less being humored. Almost every joke in this feels forced, drags on too long, and any attempts to have a running gag or two is forgotten about before it can even be better established. To the credit of the cast they’re trying their best to make the material work, but the material is just awful and un-savable.
The action in this was pretty lame as well so that didn’t at least help balance the bad comedy. The film has our everyday characters literally killing some of the baddies and just shrugging it off like its no big deal. I would’ve forgiven that if we established that both had experience in some dangerous and violent venture in the past but these are just regular folks. And when we get to the big finale the script seems to be all over the place in not making its mind up on what the big action finale is going to be. And when we get to that finale its about as thrilling as me waking up and finding out its Monday again.
This movie was humorless, tone deaf, illogical, messy, and all around boring. Had it not been that I’ve seen even *much* worse in my life, I’d likely knock it down below the C-tier. But unlike House Party which I gave a similar grade to, that one was borderline mixed where as Shotgun Wedding had me wishing someone took a shotgun to the two hours I wasted on it. This film literally has Jennifer Coolidge to thank as to why I didn’t put it in the D grade range.