With When Romance Met Comedy, Caroline Siede examines the history of the rom-com through the years, one happily ever after (or not) at a time. It is a truth too infrequently acknowledged that Jennifer Lopez is one of our most talented living performers. Lopez’s status as a multi-hyphenate means she often gets discussed as a generic “celebrity” in a way that undermines her genuine talent as both a musical entertainer and, especially, an actor. Although Lopez is sometimes thought of as a singer-turned-actor, she was actually an actor-turned-singer (and a dancer before all of that). Her breakthrough performance came in the 1997 biopic Selena, and her early film career included a diverse slate of material—from Steven Soderbergh’s neo-noir crime comedy Out Of Sight to the revenge thriller Enough. Plus, along with Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, and Kate Hudson, Lopez is also a bona fide rom-com queen. That’s especially impressive when you consider she carved out a hugely successful leading lady career in a genre that tends to relegate people of color to minor supporting roles. Between 2001 and 2012, Lopez starred in seven major studio romantic comedies. To be fair, a lot of them were the lowest common denominator rom-coms Hollywood… Read full this story
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