‘Shotgun Wedding’ proves Jennifer Lopez can’t put on a bad performance

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There are around 47,000 – oh wait, a new Netflix Original just dropped; make 47,001 TV shows and movies released every week. At Obsessed, we consider it our social duty to help you see the best and skip the rest.

We already have a variety of exclusive, in-depth coverage on all your streaming favorites and new releases, but sometimes what you’re looking for is a simple do or don’t. That’s why we’ve created See/Skip, to tell you exactly what our writers think you should see and what you can skip in last week’s crowded entertainment landscape.

To see: shotgun wedding

shotgun wedding is a loud explosion of personality, led by two of our greatest Jennifers—Lopez and Coolidge. How it didn’t ship directly to theaters is beyond me. As if there weren’t enough reasons to boycott Amazon already!

Here’s Coleman Spilde’s take:

shotgun wedding stars Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel like Darcy and Tom, a couple lounging in their Philippine destination wedding. Even amid Darcy’s estranged parents and Tom’s overcompensating nature, they managed to get all the details of their destination nuptials just right. right. Until – wouldn’t you know – a team of pirates crashed their wedding day, holding the guests hostage after marking the lavish venue as a surefire place to score.

It’s the kind of ridiculous plot that can only work with the full commitment of its cast and a tight, punchy script. Fortunately, shotgun wedding has both, using them to his advantage at nearly every turn. Most notable is another phenomenal ride by Jennifer Coolidgefleeing the white lotus for another tropical place to play a mother’s gas from Duhamel. Two knockout action-comedy performances from Jennifers Lopez and Coolidge elevate shotgun wedding from forgettable streaming fare to a skimpy, seriously fun game that’s as entertaining as any summer blockbuster.

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To see: Poker face

Poker face is a smart, slow-burning modern Colombo, led by everyone’s favorite raucous storyteller, Natasha Lyonne. A woman who knows when Adrien Brody is lying? Honey, it’s called opening your eyes.

Here’s Nick Schager’s take:

“After rejuvenating the big-screen murder mystery of Agatha Christie with Knives out and Glass Onion, Rian Johnson attempts to resuscitate the TV procedural of Murder of the Week with Poker face. The Peacock Affair in ten episodes is led by Russian dollit is Natasha Lyonne, playing a modern take on Peter Falk’s Detective Columbo. Energized by its headliner’s fun charismatic performance, a boatload of guest stars and a collection of cleverly reversed whodunits, it’s a throwback that confirms the enduring vitality of tried-and-true formulas.

Through its first six episodes (which were all that was provided to the press), Poker face sets out on a comfortable course through a wild and diverse American landscape marked by nursing homes, dinner theaters, heavy metal clubs and remote radio stations. It’s a journey that’s meant to be top-down, and no doubt will be, depending on which Hollywood luminary appears on any given site. With Lyonne and Johnson at the helm, however, the series proves to be a bet – on old-school style, attitude, and convention – that always pays off.

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Skip: Maybe I do

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Maybe I do piles a bunch of Hollywood legends into one room and gives them a tired, convoluted script to get by. A wise word to Diane Keaton’s agent: Maybe she shouldn’t.

Here’s Fletcher Peters’ take:

“Last year, The Daily Beast published an article titled “The Rom-Com Revival Is Real!” with reference to the announcement that Richard Gere, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, and more would team up for a romance together. This film, Maybe I do, has now arrived. After seeing the film, I insist that we remove this title, even if the romantic comedy revival existsit has nothing to do with that horrible movie.

You would think that by combining big stars like Gere, Keaton, Sarandon, Emma Roberts, William H. Macy, and Luke Bracey, the movie doesn’t even have to be good. Can’t he survive on star power alone? No. Absolutely not. We have seen this happen with ticket to paradise, last year’s total wreckage featuring Julia Roberts and George Clooney as two divorced parents bickering at their daughter’s wedding. No matter how dazzling your stars may be, nothing can make up for a terrible, unfunny storyline devoid of any romance.

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Skip: you people

you people is another goofy Netflix comedy from Kenya Barris, which writes with all the subtlety of a fiery tractor-trailer driving through a natural gas plant. Eddie Murphy and Julia Louis-Dreyfus deserve so much better.

Here is Kyndall Cunningham’s take:

“In 2023, kenya barri is the kind of author who evokes immediate and direct outrage when a new project comes out. Such was the response to his first Netflix venture #black AF, released at the start of the pandemic. Black Twitter, as well as some television critics, raised a number of objections to the one-season sitcom. Among them were the apparent Barris preference for casting fair-skinned womenthe show awkwardly inserted lectures on slavery, and, of course, that silly title. The prequel to Barris’ hit ABC show Blackishthe interracial family comedy Mixed, garnered many of the same complaints.

With Jonah Hill and Eddie Murphy in the center, you people had the potential to be laughable, even if the overall material is lacking. But almost every joke and line of dialogue in you people is a grumpy, unfunny gag about racism or a mocking portrayal of nerdy white people. You can tell there’s a good deal of improvisation, as most of the main actors in the cast do. However, these exchanges go on too long, or it takes an awkward time for a joke to come up. In general, the film’s humor lacks the provocative punch it thinks it delivers, as it does with Barris’ works.

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