Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Josh Duhamel, Sônia Braga, Jennifer Coolidge, Lenny Kravitz, and Cheech Marin
Director: Jason Moore
Shotgun Wedding is supposed to be a fun watch. I mean, just look at Jennifer Coolidge, who knows exactly how to hack up its cheesiness. She commits. And that’s the main issue with the rest of the film: It never commits to the movie it wants to be. Is it a Rom-Com? Action Comedy? A mixture of both? The few scenes where Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel’s chemistry flourishes is when there is a commitment to being an outlandish action rom-com, but most of the time, it feels like two separate run-of-the-mill movies clashing with each other for runtime minutes. It gave me whiplash.
I hope action-driven romantic comedies are coming back because I had a blast with Shotgun Wedding. It’s no The Lost City, but I couldn't help but laugh at the ridiculousness of the film’s premise. The cast is vivacious, and the film is just so lighthearted and entertaining. The action scenes are exciting with great stunt work, but they still manage to infuse comedic elements amongst the adrenaline. Special shoutouts to Jennifer Coolidge, who is just a beacon of light in this film, and Josh Duhamel, who should have been the first choice for this role from the get-go (Ryan Reynolds and Armie Hammer were previously attached).
Fans of Jennifer Lopez may want to reconsider RSVPing to this rom-com because, unfortunately, Shotgun Wedding lacks both romance and comedy. Our two leads, Josh Duhamel and Lopez, don’t have an ounce of chemistry, and even with a supporting cast that includes Jennifer Coolidge (who, admittedly, delivers some zingers that will make you chuckle), that still isn't enough to save this disaster of a film. Shotgun Wedding could have easily been a fun ride, but it falls into the basic tropes of the genre and isn’t a memorable watch at all.