Love Interest: Ben Affleck
Listen, it would be far too easy to just say this 2003 rom-com starring the world's most famous couple—Bennifer forever!—is one of the genre's worst. It is an essential piece of pop culture history, a relic of a moment in celebrity culture that should be preserved but not revered. (Midnight Run, Scent of a Woman and Meet Joe Black director Martin Brest never helmed a movie again after this and Lopez's already minimal screen time opposite Affleck in Jersey Girl was halved the following year.)
"I lost my sense of self, questioned if I belonged in this business, thought maybe I did suck at everything," Lopez told Vanity Fair in 2017 of the dismal media coverage at that time, that included her split from then-fiancé Affleck. "And my relationship self-destructed in front of the entire world. It was a two-year thing for me until I picked myself up again."
But we argue that the J.Lo of today—and Bennifer 2.0—wouldn't be as strong without the Gigli experience.