The Netflix Original documentary Halftime offers an intimate peek behind the curtain revealing the grit and determination that makes Jennifer Lopez the icon she is, from her performances onscreen and on stages around the world, to her Super Bowl Halftime show, to the recent Presidential inauguration. The documentary film focuses on an international superstar who has inspired people for decades with her perseverance, creative brilliance and cultural contributions. And it's only the beginning. Halftime serves as the kickoff to the second half of Lopez's life, as she lays bare her evolution as a Latina, a mother, and an artist, taking agency in her own career and using her voice for a greater purpose. Halftime is directed by Oscar-nominated cinematographer / filmmaker Amanda Micheli, director of the doc films Just for the Ride, Double Dare, One Nation Under Dog, and Vegas Baby previously. A 25/7 & MakeMake Production. Netflix will debut Halftime streaming on Netflix starting June 14th, 2022 this summer.
While the documentary charts J.Lo’s rise to fame, the trailer for the feature film is framed by Lopez’s determination to be “taken seriously” by the media, her peers, and the respective music and film industries.
From showcasing a tearful Lopez’s reaction to her “Hustlers” Oscars snub to reliving rumors of Lopez being considered a “diva” and disgraced entertainment broadcast reporter Billy Bush inquiring about her rear end (literally), “Halftime” charts the many hurdles Lopez has endured throughout her legacy.
“I said to her once, ‘Doesn’t this bother you?'” Lopez’s longtime love and current fiancé, Oscar winner Ben Affleck, explains in the trailer. “And she said, ‘I expected this.'”
Lopez recalls being iced out of the Academy Awards for her scene-stealing turn in “Hustlers” through tears, saying, “It was hard. I just had very low self-esteem.”
The “Jenny From the Block” singer later added, “I had to really figure out who I was and believe in that and not believe anything else.”
And Lopez’s Super Bowl Halftime performance opposite Shakira was a pinnacle moment to make a statement, with Lopez explaining she wanted to do “something with substance” and not just be “shaking our fucking asses” onstage.
“I don’t do this for an award,” Lopez sums up. “I do this to connect with people and make them feel things because I want to feel something.”
Lopez most recently starred opposite Owen Wilson in the hit Peacock film “Marry Me,” which drew some inspiration from her own life in the public eye as a pop star. She also has two additional films coming up. There’s the romantic comedy “Shotgun Wedding” opposite Josh Duhamel (who replaced Armie Hammer last year) from Amazon Studios and directed by Jason Moore. Lopez also stars in the Netflix Original thriller “The Mother” from “Mulan” director Niki Caro. Both are expected to come out later this year.