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Paradise with Bullets

Shotgun Wedding

Director: Jason Moore

Cast: Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Lopez, Lenny Kravitz, Jennifer Coolidge, Sonia Braga, Cheech Marin, Steve Coulter, Callie Hernandez, Desmin Borges

Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Film Rating: 6 out of 10

This film is now showing in cinemas in South Africa and will be on Amazon Prime from 27th January 2023.

Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore returns to the big screen an action comedy with Shotgun Wedding, an appropriate title for a film about a wedding that gets attacked by pirates. Fortunately the two stars of Shotgun Wedding, Jennifer Lopez (Out of Sight, Marry Me, Hustlers) and Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Bandit) make this crazy and bizarre film work through their sizzling onscreen chemistry.

Shotgun Wedding is about Darcy Rivera played by Lopez and Tom Fowler played by Duhamel who have a destination wedding on a tropical island in the Philippines. Both the couple’s crazy parents are there: Renata and Robert Rivera played respectively by Brazilian actress Sonia Braga (Kiss of the Spiderwoman) and Cheech Marin (From Dusk till Dawn, Machete) as are Tom’s parents Carol Fowler wonderfully played by Jennifer Coolidge (Promising Young Woman, Legally Blonde, American Pie) and Larry Fowler played by Steve Coulter.  

Naturally with a destination wedding set in Paradise, everything is expected to go according to plan down to the last batch of glitteringly decorated pineapples. Except for Darcy and Tom’s wedding, despite the pre-wedding drama, a group of heavily armed Balinese pirates attack the wedding ceremony and put all the guests in the resort swimming pool demanding a multi-million dollar ransom otherwise they will start killing the guests.

Unfortunately for the pirates complete with crazy headgear, the bride and groom are nowhere to be found. Slowly despite their differences, Darcy and Tom work together to try and save themselves, their parents and friends from these pirates while trying to figure out who the real villain is.

Audiences should look out for singer and actor Lenny Kravitz (The Butler, The Hunger Games, Precious) as Darcy’s showy and jealous ex-boyfriend Sean Hawkins who arrives at the wedding via helicopter.

Director Jason Moore’s Shotgun Wedding is not serious entertainment but it is funny and enjoyable. Josh Duhamel and superstar singer turned actress Jennifer Lopez do brilliantly as the butt kicking couple ready to save their wedding. The best actors in the film are those playing the couple’s parents with a particular mention of the hilarious Jennifer Coolidge as mother of the groom. Coolidge kills the part, like literally.

If audiences enjoy some crazy entertainment, a film about paradise but with bullets then Shotgun Wedding is for you, complete with a tropical location, unbelievable stunts and a fantastic ensemble cast. Shotgun Wedding gets a film rating of 6 out of 10 and is recommended viewing for pure escapism.

Nursing a Vendetta

Promising Young Woman

Director: Emerald Fennell

Cast: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Adam Brody, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox, Connie Britton, Chris Lowell, Max Greenfield, Clancy Brown, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Molly Shannon, Emerald Fennell

Actress Emerald Fennell who ironically played Camilla Parker-Bowles on the hit Netflix series The Crown has turned writer and director and created an original piece of cinema, Promising Young Woman with a film’s ending that no viewer will guess.

Casting British actress and Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan (An Education) in the lead role of Cassandra, a young 30 thirty year old gorgeous woman who gets her kicks out of harassing young men after they have tried to pick her up while playing drunk, is a master stroke. Mulligan channels every controversial female role from Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction to Margot Robbie in Birds of Prey.

Set in a nameless Midwestern city, Cassie still lives with her doting yet confused parents played by Jennifer Coolidge and Clancy Brown after dropping out of med school due to her best friend Nina Fisher suffering from a horrific sexual assault incident at the medical school while they were both in their second year.

The best statement Fennell makes is that the perpetrators of sexual assault are not necessarily wealthy and powerful old men, but they can also be young professional men who behave badly at university and still manage to maintain a lucrative postgraduate career. Cassie witnessing her friend Nina’s life falling apart due to sexual assault, decides to blame all young men and tricks them into taking her home, only to turn on them in their own environment.

Cassie’s revenge really starts getting going when she meets Dr Ryan Cooper, wonderfully played by Bo Burnham, who appears to be a sweet, charming and humorous paediatrician and is attracted to Cassie. Ryan mentions to Cassie that he still sees a lot of their old medical school classmates including Al Monroe and Madison, played respectively by Chris Lowell and Alison Brie, both of whom were directly and indirectly responsible for Nina’s sexual assault.

The beauty of Emerald Fennell’s script is that there is not a lot of details given to the viewer, so Cassie’s actions and her peculiar relationship with men hints at a feminist revenge fantasy. The garish costumes adds to the dark psychology of this thriller, which leaves viewers intrigued.

One by one Cassie hunts down all those responsible for the sexual assault of her best friend and finally lands up at the foot of the bed of the real perpetrator Al Monroe on the night of his bachelor’s party dressed as a kinky nurse.

Promising Young Woman is a tour-de-force of acting for Carey Mulligan who effortlessly transcends from a demure blonde girl behind a coffee counter to a vicious sociopath who is on the hunt for vengeance.

For its sheer originality, Promising Young Woman gets a film rating of 7.5 out of 10 but as a feminist revenge fantasy it’s going to be divisive and controversial especially with its shocking ending.

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