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Jennifer Lopez isn't known for taking chances. Most of her rom-coms are as commercial as Hershey's Kisses. Her most provocative pop song is about her caboose. So give the superstar credit for being bold in her latest screen project, "This Is Me ... Now," streaming on Prime Video. The musical, which consists of tracks from an album with the same title, is loosely based on the artist's personal romantic life, sending up the fact that she's been married four times (current husband Ben Affleck makes a cameo, as do Jane Fonda, Trevor Noah and Fat Joe).

When she's not promoting the new tunes, Lopez's character, known simply as The Artist, discovers she has to love herself before she can love another. But that life lesson takes a back seat to elaborate musical numbers that aren't as cheesy or as clever as the MTV videos of the 1980s. The exception: an elegant homage to "Singin' in the Rain" in which Lopez proves she doesn't need a bevy of backup dancers to keep us mesmerized.

Lopez is clearly trying to copy the success of Beyoncé's "Lemonade." Both films deal with the challenges of matrimony, but Queen Bey's 2016 masterpiece had richer material and snappier choreography. In comparison, "This Is Me" comes across like flavored water.

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