Starring Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel as the lead couple, “Shotgun Wedding” is a romantic action-comedy film that tries too hard to be funny. Jennifer Lopez is brilliant as usual, Josh Duhamel compliments her energy, and the chemistry between the pair is convincingly natural. The dialogues were a disappointment; while some parts were genuinely hilarious, there were moments when the comedy was a pure miss. Nonetheless, “Shotgun Wedding” is a family entertainer that can be quite mindless in parts. The presence of Jennifer Coolidge was a blessing in itself, and one simply cannot get enough of her!
Plot Summary: What Is the Film About?
Darcy Rivera and Tom Fowler have been in love for the past four years. Tom was a baseball player but was recently unemployed, and planning the perfect wedding became his obsession. Darcy volunteered with the Peace Corps, and her father was a prominent businessman. She did not believe in planning a grand wedding, but knowing how much it mattered to Tom, she gave in to it. Tom wanted to give Darcy the experience of Bali, but he was on a budget, so he planned the wedding in the Philippines. As Tom obsessed over getting the details right, Darcy felt a growing distance between them. The grand ceremony meant very little to her; all that mattered was spending time with the man she loved.
While the couple was not at their best, the entry of Darcy’s ex-boyfriend, Sean, at the rehearsal dinner complicated the situation all the more. Sean worked for Darcy’s father, Robert, and was invited by him. From the get-go, Sean established that he and Darcy once shared a meaningful relationship, making Tom feel insecure. He mentioned that Darcy called off their engagement one day out of the blue, and Tom felt the anxiety build in his body. At night, when Darcy proposed that they spend a romantic night together, he brought up her relationship with Sean and asked the reason why she left him. While Tom’s curiosity stemmed from insecurity, he did not realize how awkward it made Darcy feel. She simply wanted to spend a romantic night together before they got married the next day, but for some reason, nothing seemed to be going the way she would have preferred. The next morning, even in her bridal attire, she felt something was missing. The puffy dress and the heavy hairdo did not encapsulate the woman she was. She was not a young, blushing bride; she was a mature woman with particular tastes and likings that she had developed over the years. All this time, she had agreed to do it out of her love for Tom, but before walking down the aisle, she wanted to clear the air between them.
Darcy asked Tom to meet her in private, and Tom assumed that she was calling him to end the wedding. Darcy had no intention of calling off the wedding, and instead of patching things up like she had planned, they ended up arguing. In a fit of anger, Darcy threw away her wedding ring and left the spot. While the couple was busy solving (or rather, complicating) the issues between them, a group of pirates landed on the island and took the wedding guests hostage. On his way to the altar, Tom realized that there were pirates all around the resort, and his first instinct was to protect Darcy. He entered her room, and they tried to come up with a plan to get rid of the pirates and rescue the guests, but will they manage to keep their differences aside and work together as a team?
‘Shotgun Wedding’ Ending Explained: Who Brought The Pirates To The Island? What Happened To Darcy And Tom In The End?
The pirates demanded that Robert transfer 45 million dollars to a bank account. Robert was a successful businessman, and the pirates were somehow aware of his worth and that he would be present at the wedding. Robert refused to pay a dime unless he got to meet his daughter. The pirates were desperately searching for the bride and groom, and they caught hold of them in the washroom. Darcy and Tom tried to spray the pirate’s eyes and trap him in a net, but due to a lack of coordination and extreme panic, their plan failed. While they were on their way to the pool with the pirates, Darcy requested a cigarette. They offered her one without thinking much about it. When she brought the cigarette close to the pirate she had previously hairspray-ed, his head caught on fire, and they jumped off the golf cart. Tom and Darcy managed to get off the cart before it hit the cliff. Soon they were attacked by another pirate, but they overpowered him, and Darcy got hold of the grenade in his hand. She was proud of herself for getting hold of the grenade, though panic soon set in when Tom mentioned that the grenade had its pin missing. She held on to the grenade with her life and dropped it on two pirates while ziplining their way to the beach.
It was devastating for them to watch the ransacked wedding venue; all that Tom had minutely planned was left in shambles. They felt responsible for putting their loved ones in danger, and they were determined to fix the mess. Darcy saw her parents from afar. She knew how difficult it was for her mother to see her ex-husband with another woman. She gulped down her ego and came to the wedding to be there with Darcy, and now she was stuck in the chaos. Tom promised to find a solution, and they headed to the kitchen to remove the hand ties. While ripping apart the hand ties, Tom injured his palm, and Darcy collapsed on the floor, senseless. Tom tackled the pirate that followed them into the kitchen, and they headed to the manager’s room. Margy peeked out from the hidden bunker in the room and asked them to come along. She discussed that it was strange how the pirates were yet to leave because the last time they left soon after stealing whatever was available at the resort. Darcy was shocked by the information because Tom had never told her about the pirates before, even though he knew everything about them. He reasoned that there were fewer chances of a pirate attack because it had happened recently, and he had chosen to keep it a secret. He compared his choice with Darcy’s, which was to keep her cold feet about the wedding a secret. Darcy was appalled by Tom’s self-sabotaging nature. She chose not to discuss her fears with him because she knew that he would destroy their entire relationship out of panic and insecurity. She had seen him do it with his career, and she knew he would do the same with his personal life. Even on the wedding day, his overthinking led to their argument. Tom took the blame upon himself for risking the lives of all those present at the resort. When one of the pirates heard the walkie-talkie Tom had stolen, he decided to surrender himself to protect Darcy.
The pirates brought him to the pool and questioned him about Darcy. While he tried lying to them, Sean insisted that he tell the truth and help them all escape the danger. Tom had his doubts about Sean, and to confirm his hunch, he used the slur at the pirates that Darcy had taught him the previous night. It was a Balinese slur that she and Sean had picked up while working at the Peace Corps. When the pirates reacted to the slur, Tom realized that they were not local pirates, but pirates brought in from Bali. Tom started doubting Sean when he found a wedding invitation addressed to Sean with one of the pirates. His doubt was further strengthened when Margy confirmed that the pirates were not speaking Filipino. He grabbed hold of Sean and asked him to disclose the truth. While Sean initially continued to pretend, he later gave up and dropped the mask. He was behind it all, and he did it to forcefully take Robert’s money that he refused to give him for an investment. He and the pirates pressured Tom to give up Darcy’s location, and he pointed them in the wrong direction by stating that Darcy might be at the northern cliff. Sean took Harriet, Robert’s mystic girlfriend, as hostage.
Meanwhile, Darcy left the bunker to be there by Tom’s side, just like they had promised before. While she was still mad at Tom for choosing the island, she owned up to her mistake of not discussing her fears about the wedding. She went ahead and asked her parents to apologize for never accepting Tom for who he was, and she offered to have lunch with Carol and Larry even though it would be tough for them to live up to their perfect marriage. Carol disclosed that their marriage was far from perfect; they had cheated on each other but, in the end, found their way back to one another. Just when the pirate situation was gradually turning into an emotional family reunion, the pirates were back in action. The pirates at the pool attempted to inform those in the helicopter searching for Darcy that they had found the bride, but the volume of the walkie-talkie was too low to be heard. Meanwhile, Larry showed a video from rehearsal dinner, where he had captured Sean and Harriett in a compromising position. It was evident that Harriett and Sean were on the same team. When the pirates demanded the entire sum of money, considering they were losing their men, Harriett injured him and threw him off the helicopter. They realized they had been duped and went back to the resort. Carol was in charge of taking care of the guests, while Darcy and Tom handled Sean and Harriett. Sean tried to convince Darcy to discuss the deal, but she could not imagine trusting him after what he had pulled off. They tried to escape in the boat to reach the police for help, but Sean got on the boat and attacked Tom. They managed to cut him off the parachute he was holding onto; it got entangled with the helicopter Harriett was in, which ultimately blew up the helicopter and led to their deaths.
While returning to the resort, Tom proposed that they start their relationship all over again, but Darcy disagreed. Instead, she wanted to keep their relationship going and proposed to Tom. They would never want to face the danger that they did on their wedding day, but at the same time, they could not dismiss the lessons they learned when their lives were in danger. As a couple, they emerged stronger than before. By the end of “Shotgun Wedding,” the couple learned to trust each other and discuss their true feelings, even when they were in doubt. Darcy finally had her unconventional wedding, just like she had always wanted. After all that they had been through, they were in love and married.
“Shotgun Wedding” is a 2023 Drama Romance film directed by Jason Moore.