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5 of JLo’s best romcoms through the years to watch ahead of Amazon Prime Video’s Shotgun Wedding

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As Jennifer Lopez returns to the romcom genre in recently released Marry Me and upcoming film Shotgun Wedding, take a look back at her best roles throughout the years.

She’s a triple threat who’s been pulling off chart-topping albums, epic choreography and riveting silver screen performances ever since she burst onto the scene 25 years ago. But while Jennifer Lopez recently returned to the spotlight with a career-defining spin around a stripper pole in the 2019 movie Hustlers, Jenny from the Block will always be, in our eyes, the queen of romantic comedies.

This year, the Bronx superstar made a return to the genre in Marry Me, which tells the the heartwarming story of a famous Latin pop star (Lopez) who elects to marry a random stranger (Owen Wilson) in the crowd after learning that her fiance (Maluma) has been having an affair behind her back. 

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Jennifer Lopez has already starred in romcom Marry Me but Shotgun Wedding will also be released later this year.

Now, it seems as though we’ll be seeing a lot more of Lopez on the big screen as she’s set to star in another upcoming romantic comedy. 

Shotgun Wedding is forgoing a theatrical release and has just been confirmed to premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. The Lionsgate film was scheduled to hit cinemas on 29 June but, as of now, the Prime Video release date is yet to be confirmed.

What we do know, though, is that the film will star Lopez and Josh Duhamel (The Thing About Pam) as partners who gather their families for a destination wedding. According to Variety, “the couple begins to get cold feet [when] the entire wedding party is taken hostage.” 

It sounds like an action-packed romcom and the cast also boasts some familiar faces. Jennifer Coolidge (The White Lotus) and Lenny Kravitz are set to star in the movie, as well as Sonia Braga (Kiss Of The Spider Woman), comedian Cheech Marin and Selena Tan (Just Follow Law).

With that – and in preparation for Shotgun Wedding hitting our screens – we’ve rounded up five of JLo’s best performances that prove why she’s the undisputed patron saint of romcoms. 

The Wedding Planner (2001)

At the turn of the millennium, JLo gifted us one of her best romcom performances in The Wedding Planner. Naturally, she plays the titular wedding planner, Mary, who is saved from a runaway bin in a joyously implausible meet-cute by a handsome paediatrician, Steve (Matthew McConaughey). There’s just one little problem: he’s the groom in the next wedding she’s planning.

Maid In Manhattan (2002)

Merely one year after the success of The Wedding Planner, JLo went full steam ahead with a classic Cinderella love story that became the number one film in the US at the same time as her second studio album, J.Lo, became number one in the charts. In Maid In Manhattan, she plays a lowly cleaner named Marisa who is mistaken for a guest at a glamorous hotel by a wealthy senatorial candidate, Chris Marshall (Ralph Fiennes). The pair are worlds apart, obviously, and Marisa has to go to some lengths to keep up appearances before the rags-to-riches romance comes good. Look out for star turns for Natasha Richardson, Stanley Tucci and Bob Hoskins, too.

Shall We Dance? (2004)

Thanks to JLo’s smash hit Shall We Dance?, the song everyone was listening to on repeat in 2004 was undoubtedly The Pussycat Dolls’ cover of the Dean Martin classic Sway. The film follows lawyer John Clark (played by Richard Gere), who decides to take up ballroom dancing after passing a dance studio on his commute home and spotting a beautiful dance instructor, Paulina (JLo). The pair create some serious chemistry, and John even decides to enter a dance competition. If only the whole thing wasn’t a secret to his wife, Beverly (Susan Sarandon).

Monster-In-Law (2005)

It’s a blessing that Oscar-winner Jane Fonda came out of retirement to lock horns with JLo in Monster-In-Law, because the pair created true comedy gold. JLo stars as Charlotte, who endures an endless string of disastrous blind dates until she meets the perfect man in Dr. Kevin Fields (Michael Vartan). Unfortunately, her prospective mother-in-law Viola (Fonda) will do anything she can to jeopardise her chances of making it down the aisle.

What To Expect When You’re Expecting (2012)

Inspired by the 1984 New York Times bestseller of the same name, What To Expect When You’re Expecting follows five couples whose intertwined lives are turned upside down by the challenges of impending parenthood. JLo plays Holly, a dolphin photographer who is prepared to travel the globe to adopt a child, but her husband Alex isn’t so sure, and tries to quiet his panic by attending a “dudes” support group, where new fathers get to tell it like it really is. It’s hilarious and heartfelt, and features allsorts of fun appearances from the likes of Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks and Anna Kendrick.

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Christobel Hastings

Christobel Hastings is Stylist's Entertainment Editor whose specialist interests include pop culture, LGBTQ+ identity and lore.