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Shotgun Wedding (2022 film)

Shotgun Wedding is a 2022 American romantic action comedy film directed by Jason Moore and written by Mark Hammer.

Shotgun Wedding is a 2022 American romantic action comedy film directed by Jason Moore and written by Mark Hammer. It stars Jennifer Lopez, Josh Duhamel, Sônia Braga, Jennifer Coolidge, Lenny Kravitz, and Cheech Marin. After being filmed from February to April of 2021 in Boston and the Dominican Republic, Shotgun Wedding was released in Singapore on December 28, 2022,[1] and was released on January 27, 2023, by Amazon Studios via Prime Video.[2]

Shotgun Wedding
Shotgun Wedding 2022 poster.jpg
Release poster
Directed byJason Moore
Written byMark Hammer
Produced by
CinematographyPeter Deming
Edited byDoc Crotzer
Music byPinar Toprak
Distributed byAmazon Studios
Release dates
  • December 28, 2022 (2022-12-28) (Asia-Pacific)
  • January 27, 2023 (2023-01-27) (Prime Video)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$8.3 million[1]


Tom, Darcy and their families gather for an ultimate destination wedding on a private island in the Philippines. Just as the couple are away arguing about the wedding, their guests are taken hostage. The pirates demand $45 million dollars from Darcy's wealthy father Robert. He refuses to pay until he is assured that Darcy is alive.

Darcy and Tom are captured apart from the wedding party, but manage to escape their captors, killing one of the pirates. As they try to evade recapture, Darcy and Tom air their respective doubts about the wedding. Cornered hiding in a vault beneath the manager's office, Tom surrenders to them so Darcy can stay hidden.

When he rejoins the rest of the wedding party, Tom reveals that Darcy's ex-fiancé Sean had hired the pirates. With his plot exposed, Sean goes to hunt down Darcy, taking Robert's girlfriend Harriet as a hostage. Meanwhile, Darcy joins Tom and the rest at the pool where she and Tom admit that they still want to marry each other.

The wedding party members realize that Harriet was in on the plot with Sean. Tom asks the two pirates standing guard to let them complete the wedding ceremony, and Robert says that he will release the money if they let them get married. As the guests sing "I'll Be", Tom and Darcy rush the pirates, and Darcy takes a grenade off of one. One pirate surrenders; the other runs off, then begins firing on the venue. Tom's mother Carol grabs a weapon from the ground and returns fire. Darcy throws the grenade in the air so Tom can bat it at the pirate, who is blown up in the explosion (which also sets off the fireworks that had been staged for the wedding celebration).

As the wedding party goes to safety, Darcy and Tom race to get help, but are confronted on the dock by Sean. Tom fights him, then Tom and Darcy escape in a boat. Harriett tries to stop them in a helicopter. Sean, who had been dragged by a rope with the boat, climbs aboard and fights Tom again while Darcy drives the boat. A parasail is released, taking Tom and Sean into the air. Tom zips down the line to the boat deck. Tom and Darcy cut the line, sending the parasail loose into the helicopter's rotors, which kills both Sean and Harriet. Back on the beach, as authorities take the remaining pirates into custody, Tom and Darcy get married.




The film was first announced on January 29, 2019, with Ryan Reynolds attached to star, Pitch Perfect's Jason Moore directing and Mark Hammer writing the screenplay alongside Liz Meriwether. Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman of Mandeville Films would produce the film alongside Reynolds through his production company Maximum Effort.[3] Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, and Benny Medina joined as producers of the film through Nuyorican Productions in October 2020.


On October 27, 2020, Jennifer Lopez was cast as the female lead. Armie Hammer replaced Reynolds (who eventually served as executive producer for the film) as the male lead in the film[4] before dropping out in January 2021 in the wake of abuse allegations against him.[5]

On January 19, 2021, Josh Duhamel entered early negotiations to replace Hammer, with his casting confirmed the following month. Sônia Braga and Jennifer Coolidge were also cast in starring roles.[6] On February 16, 2021, Lenny Kravitz, Cheech Marin, D'Arcy Carden, Selena Tan, Desmin Borges, and Alex Mallari Jr. were cast.[7] On May 7, 2021, Callie Hernandez and Steve Coulter joined the cast of the film.[8]


Filming was originally planned to commence in the summer of 2019,[3] but was later rescheduled to February 22, 2021, with shooting taking place in Boston and the Dominican Republic.[9] Lopez announced on Instagram that principal photography had officially wrapped on April 22, 2021.[10]


The film was originally scheduled to be released theatrically by Lionsgate on June 29, 2022.[11] In March 2022, Amazon Studios acquired the rights to the film for a streaming release on Prime Video, released on January 26, 2023. Lionsgate retained international theatrical rights for the film due to US regulations on theatrical policy.[12] It was released in Singapore (via Encore Films),[1] and was released on the streaming service on January 27, 2023.[13]

According to Nielsen Media Research, Amazon Prime Video saw the largest monthly usage increase in January, recording a 9.3% uptick in viewing (+0.2 share pts.) that was driven by its original series, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, and original movie, Shotgun Wedding.[14]


On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 44% of 111 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 5.1/10. The website's consensus reads, "Shotgun Wedding may be just the invitation to escapism that romcom fans and JLo completists are looking for—but most other viewers can safely RSVP no without regrets."[15] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 46 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[16]


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  4. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 27, 2020). "Jennifer Lopez And Armie Hammer To Star in Lionsgate's 'Shotgun Wedding'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on October 31, 2020. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  5. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 13, 2021). "Armie Hammer Exits 'Shotgun Wedding' Role Amid Social Media Controversy; Actor Responds – Update". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 30, 2021. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
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  7. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (February 16, 2021). "Lenny Kravitz, Cheech Marin, D'Arcy Carden Join Jennifer Lopez & Josh Duhamel In 'Shotgun Wedding'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin (May 6, 2021). "Callie Hernandez And Steve Coulter Join Jennifer Lopez In Lionsgate's 'Shotgun Wedding'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 6, 2021. Retrieved May 6, 2021.
  9. ^ "Shotgun Wedding". Production List. January 11, 2021. Archived from the original on February 4, 2021. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  10. ^ Cher (April 22, 2021). "Jennifer Lopez Shares Photos from the Dominican Republic Set of Shotgun Wedding After Filming Wraps". People. Archived from the original on January 20, 2023. Retrieved January 19, 2023.
  11. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (April 28, 2021). "Lionsgate Dates Samuel L. Jackson's 'The Protege', Jennifer Lopez's 'Shotgun Wedding' & 'White Bird: A Wonder Story'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 14, 2022. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
  12. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (April 4, 2022). "Prime Video Takes U.S. Rights To Jennifer Lopez Lionsgate Romantic Comedy Shotgun Wedding". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on April 4, 2022. Retrieved April 4, 2022.
  13. ^ Reul, Katie (October 4, 2022). "'Shotgun Wedding' Trailer: Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel Endure the Wedding From Hell in Action Rom-Com". Variety. Archived from the original on October 6, 2022. Retrieved October 6, 2022.
  14. ^ "Nielsen: TV Usage Booms Again in January, Fueled by Broadcast and Streaming Content Viewing, according to The Gauge" (Press release). Archived from the original on February 17, 2023. Retrieved February 17, 2023.
  15. ^ "Shotgun Wedding". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 27, 2023.
  16. ^ "Shotgun Wedding". Metacritic. Retrieved January 26, 2023.

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