I’ve loved Lucy Liu every since I first saw her in Allie McBeal way back in the late 90’s. She’s done a lot since then, including Charlie’s Angels, Kill Bill, Ugly Betty, Cashmere Mafia, Dirty Sexy Money, and the voices of half a dozen animated characters, but is still the same Lucy – beautiful and full of personality. She’s hardly aged since her years on Allie McBeal!
Her latest role is as the lead in “Marry Me,” a two-night mini-series airing on Lifetime starting this Sunday at 9pm EST. Liu stars as Rae Ann Carter, an aspiring-artist-turned-social-worker whose clock is ticking. She’s looking for that fairytale romance that so many women only dream of. It’s Lucy Liu’s first romantic comedy, and I have a feeling it won’t be her last.
I have to admit that this is not the kind of movie my husband would sit down and watch with me. It’s a romantic comedy. A chick flick, he’d call it. This is the kind of movie that you’d want to watch with a bunch of your girlfriends, though, and that’s exactly what I did. I should have written this post last night, but a few friends came over for the second night in a row to watch the second part of “Marry Me” and we stayed up a little past our bedtimes. 😉
In “Marry Me,” Lucy Liu’s character Rae falls for a new guy, Luke (Steven Pasquale), after her long-term relationship with Adam (Bobby Cannavale) falls apart. Luke proposes almost immediately, Adam realizes he made a mistake and runs back to her, and then a third man, Harry (Enrique Murciano), unexpectedly sweeps her off her feet. Talk about complicated!
To say that Rae doesn’t know what she wants is an understatement! One of my favorite parts of the movie is when she is discussing the pros and cons of each of her suitors in the conference room at work and her best friend is furiously scribbling down notes on a white board. You can see why it’s so hard for her to choose; you fall in love with each guy right along with her. As much as I’d like to sympathize with Rae, it’s a little hard to do so. I mean, she has three handsome men pursuing her, and each guy is great in his own way!
While the plot could be considered predictable, it had me thoroughly entertained. Lucy Liu is in every scene of the movie – she just lights up the screen – and the script is great. Lots of witty dialogue.
A few other highlights from the movie:
- The Supporting Cast. Annie Potts is both endearing and hilarious as Rae’s Southern (adoptive) mama. Immy is wonderful as Rae’s foster daughter, and so many of the other characters – down to her adorable little dog – also play their roles perfectly. Rae’s best friend Candice, her crazy sister… I could go on and on.
- The Fashions. Rae Carter is very fashionable without overdoing it. I recognized several Victoria Beckham designs, like the teal number she wears on a date with Luke (the zipper on the back gave it away).
- The Music. With songs from KT Tunstall, Bruno Mars, and others, I’d love the soundtrack to this movie. It’s very current, yet fits the movie’s theme.
So who ends up being Rae’s Prince Charming? Does she get her fairytale ending and live happily ever after? I’m not telling. LOL! You’ll have to watch on Sunday and see for yourself! Be sure to tune in for the conclusion on Monday night as well, as the first part ends with a big cliffhanger. You’ll think you know who Rae is going to choose, but then… you’ll have your doubts. If you want to learn more, Lucy Liu will be on Chelsea Lately tonight to talk about the miniseries.
Since the premiere is a few days away, there’s still time to plan a little viewing party of your own. You could have a Bachelorette party theme, with veils for every attendee (my daughter is playing with one of my party favors below). Here’s a recipe for a delicious cocktail to whet your appetite:
*3 oz vodka
*1 oz Pom pomegranate/blueberry juice
- Pour the vodka and juice into a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake vigorously, cold is key here.
- Strain liquid into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with 3 blueberries on a cocktail skewer.
I can’t wait to watch! Wish I lived closer so I could watch with you!
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I didn’t know about this series, although I also love Lucy Liu! Thank you for posting this article, I’ll go and try to see I can pay per view or something to see the first episodes! Keep up the good job!
Recorded Sunday’s movie on Lifetime; no wonder I was puzzled by the ending! I had no idea it was a 2 parter, second airing on Monday. I wasn’t the only one who did this; I just spoke to someone who asked if I had watched this movie and wondered about the ending. Now we’ll hope we can catch a re-run of part 2.
DEANN FREEMAN says
I LOVED THE MOVIE, AND WAS WNATING TO KNOW IF THERE IS A SOUNDTRACK AVAILABLE. PLEASE NOTIFY ME IF THERE IS. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!
cissy segura says
Where can I purchase the soundtrack from “Marry Me”?
Deann and Cissy,
A soundtrack to Marry Me isn’t available, but here is a list of the musical artists and songs featured in the movie:
1) DESERT FLOWER by Ritmo Latino
2) SOMEDAY by Haroula Rose
3) BETTER NOT KNOWING by Jonathan Grossman
4) FANCY by ZIGO
5) TROPICAL PARADISE by Billy Stein
6) PARIS LOUNGE by Billy Stein
7) SOLAR by Miles Davis
8) ALL THE RIGHT MISTAKES by Jon Ingoldsby
9) DAA DAA SHUFFLE by LAROCA
10) YOU CAN’T STOP by Blue Six
11) MERMAID XXX by David Ralicke Band/Mad Finder
12) COME ON, GET IN by KT Tunstall
13) N2 SOMETHIN’ by Takbir Bashir
14) PRETTIEST THING by Oh Darling
15) BACK TO YOU by Shannon Johnson
16) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU by Jolene Belle
17) BABY OF MINE by Jen Crowe
18) YOUR PLACE OR MINE by Barbara Hall
19) BLUES A LA MODE by Louie R
20) THE WINDS by Jesse Baylin
21) LOVESICK by Sweet Talk Radio
22) NOBODY’S FOOL by Natalie Poole
23) I CAN (2 USES) by Johanna Stahley
24) QUIET MOOD by Library Piano
25) RED BEANS by Red Garland
26) BETTER DAY by Saving Jane
27) PEANUT GALLERY by Library Cue
28) DINNER LIGHT by Soskin
29) M79 by Vampire Weekend
30) LET IT GO BY by Dana Parrish
31) WHAT DO YOU KNOW by Beatphreak
32) EVERY SECOND COUNTS by The Switches
33) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU by Jolene Belle
34) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE by Bruno Mars