‘Marry Me’: A Lifetime Mini-Series Romance

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Perhaps one of the most underrated titles of its genre, the Lifetime mini-series Marry Me is, without question, one of the cutest.

Marry Me (2010) Lifetime TV Mini-Series Review

The fairy-tale life is all Rae Carter (Lucy Liu) ever wants, and yet it always escapes her. In a committed relationship with the person she thinks is the man of her dreams is no longer a reality. Rae gives him an ultimatum: his career (photographing frogs!) or her. He picks the frogs, and Rae finds her idea of marriage shaken. A romantic at heart, Rae pushes her dreams away work as a social worker. Her belief in love doesn’t change, but she does become more cautious. Then she’s set up on a blind date.

‘Marry Me’: A Lifetime Mini-Series Romance. Lucy Liu stars in this funny 2010 comedy. All text © Rissi JC

A handsome architect with a creative eye, Luke (Steven Pasquale) is an easy-going gentleman who aligns with Rae’s sensibilities. Despite her best efforts, Rae falls head over heels for Luke, and he with her. Her whirlwind romance soon turns into an almost-engagement, only there is just one tiny flaw in her almost-happily-ever-after scenario. Ex-boyfriend Adam (Bobby Cannavale) re-appears in her life, and Luke’s best friend, the charming and wealthy Harry (Enrique Murciano) too becomes a rival for her affection.

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A Lifetime miniseries event that aired early last year, this romantic comedy is pretty dang hilarious, and is something I enjoy re-watches of. The movie starts out a bit rough (reasons unknown) and doesn’t dazzle until a good fifteen to twenty minutes in. That is when the humor settles into a natural groove and we become engrossed in the lives of Rae, her crazy and proper Southern family, and the three men who enter her life. (Though to be fair, sometimes we do want to shake some sense into them!)

Despite an unrealistic premise, the film, because of its characters, has a good realistic grounding. Another plus in its column is a script that’s whip-smart. Apart from the opening few minutes, it never seems to miss a beat. Rae’s first meeting with Luke is the epitome of a “meet-cute” (even if not traditionally); this scene displays what “good” humor should be. (And, Rae’s reaction to his marriage proposal is priceless.) I like that the characters are richly drawn with real “problems” without being a broken record. The main cast is all good, though to be honest, there’s really only one dude I thought was good-looking. There’s a fabulous group of supporting characters, including Rae’s parents (Annie Potts, David Andrews) but none is more fantastic than Vanessa Marano. Without her, this wouldn’t be half as amusing.

If there’s one bigger pet peeve I do have about this, it’s Rae’s indecision; she takes the meaning of the word to a whole new level. Pettiness aside, this really is an entertaining three-hour movie. If you like romantic comedies, this one is a keeper. Not everything about it is ideal for my “perfect” romance, but I like Marry Me. This is nothing but a fluffy, sappy, cute way to spend a chunk of time – and I dare you to say otherwise.

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CONTENT: One couple refers to spending the night together as the “magic” date; there is some removal of clothing before the camera cuts away to Rae leaving . Various suggestive remarks crop up as do a few profanities. A man cheats on his wife [off-camera] – they “work” things out. This rates a TV-14

About Rissi JC

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6 comments

  1. Sounds adorable! I mean, I am a romantic at heart anyway–so this totally seems like something I should add to my list…..

    I always love the romantic comedies you made me aware of, Rissi <3

  2. Trinka – seriously!? You don't like rom-coms!? LOL!

    As you have probably learned by now, I love them. This one is really cute – and is actually one of my recent "favs."

    Ella – "Marry Me" is adorable; I laughed SO hard through the entire thing. I don't love everyone in the cast, but the story and comedy makes it well worth the few bits of annoyance.

    Hope you can see this one, Ella! I'd love to know what you thought of it if you do. =)

    Rebekah – me, too! Rom-coms is one of my most favorite genres. I know the dress is pretty, isn't it!?

    I thought this miniseries was super cute! It is far from "perfect," but I simply loved it.

    Hey, so sorry to read that you won't be blogging anymore… I hope you still drop by sometimes as I always enjoy your comments. =)

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