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Hallmark Movies 2022

Last Updated on Sunday, July 31st, 2022

Dave!Here's a checklist of all the Hallmark original romance movies from 2021 along with my comments on those I've seen.

Special movies of note are marked Favorite, Good, Okay, and BAD.


   

Hallmark Channel Originals 2022

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Where Your Heart Belongs
(New Year New Me • Jen Lilley and Christopher Russell • January 8, 2022)
Jen Lilley heads home to Sweet Grove (blergh) with her best friend to plan the best friend's wedding that's been moved up nine months. Once they arrive in town, the best friend drops the bomb that she's enlisted her cousin to help Jen Lilley. And of course they have a past together, because God forbid Hallmark start the year out with something fresh. It's like, okay, this movie is perfectly fine. Jen Lilley and Christopher Russell have decent chemistry, the scenery is nice, and the dialogue isn't awful. But yet another wedding planning movie that happens in a time crunch where the planner goes back to her small hometown where she gets help from an old flame with the wedding planning?YET ANOTHER ONE? And of course she's staying at her dad's maple syrup farm (where the ex-flame works... and did I mention that he's ALSO the best man in the wedding?) which is going to be foreclosed on because he's old and set in his ways. Lord, people joke all the time about Hallmark movies having the same plot over and over, but this is getting stupid.

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The Wedding Veil
(Lacey Chabert and Kevin McGarry • January 8, 2022)
If I wasn't hopelessly addicted to an art conservator/restorer on YouTube, I'd probably be able to overlook the glaring idiocy about a painting getting restored. But Kevin McGarry's Boston accent cannot be overlooked. It's there... it's not there... it's subtle... it's hilariously in your face... I just don't get why he'd even felt the need. Anyway... this is the first in a trilogy of interlocking movies about a magical wedding veil that is shared between three friends when they find it in San Francisco. In this one Lacey Chabert buys the veil which, legend have it, will gift whomever possesses it true love. Enter a wealthy philanthropist (and fellow Bostonian) who really hits it off with her... UNTIL he spots her with the veil at the hotel lobby and thinks she's engaged! OH NOES! And they carry out this whole "mistaken assumption" storyline for over half the movie. =eyeroll= This would have actually been a pretty good flick if they had been smarter about it. It stars Lacey Chabert, after all. And I really liked the idea of connecting three movies. But hopefully the two that follow are a bit smarter than this one.

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The Perfect Pairing
(New Year New Me • Nazneen Contractor and Brennan Elliott • January 16, 2022)
It wasn't enough to have a single movie revolve around ice wine (An Ice Wine Christmas) we had to get another one. But I know! Let's combine this new trope with an old trope so we don't have to think too hard! But which old trope? Got it! AMNESIA!! This was a mundane but decently-executed Hallmark effort that didn't seem like it was worth my valuable time. Woman slips, falls, and gets amnesia. Gets taken in at a winery by a widower and his daughter. Turns out she's the reviewer who wrote the review that nearly destroyed the winery. Hijinks and unnecessary drama ensue.

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Don't Forget I Love You
(New Year New Me • Emilie Ullerup and Clayton James • January 22, 2022)
Awful. Boring to the extreme. An overly dramatic lead with zero chemistry with the male lead and an irritating daughter. The story is also mediocre at best... woman gets a time capsule set up by her dead mother and has to face a series of challenges to claim a gift. This involves long, boring montages of everyday activities which are supposed to be entertaining somehow. I cannot fathom how anybody read through the script and thought "Oh yeah, we gotta make this one."

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Butlers in Love
(New Year New Me • Stacey Farber and Corey Cott • January 29, 2022)
I liked the idea of this movie better than the implementation (though Corey Cott, whom I've never heard of before, was surprisingly good in his role). A little girl watches a "lifestyles of the rich and famous" type of show about a butler and is so enamored with the profession that it becomes her lifelong dream to become one. Thanks to a last-minute opening fourteen years later, she gets accepted to a prestigious butler school where she runs across an infuriating fellow student who has no desire to be there because he wants to be a chef. Despite studying to be a butler since she was a child, she's totally inept at it and keeps making mistakes. Fortunately the guy she loathes is great at it and agrees to help her. To the surprise of absolutely nobody, they fall in love. This might have been a better movie if the butler school stuff was more interesting, but it just wasn't.

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The Wedding Veil Unveiled
(Loveuary • Autumn Reeser and Paolo Bernardini • February 12, 2022)
I know these movies are outrageous fiction... but you would think that they would at least try to introduce even hints of realism. After acquiring the mythical veil in the previous movie, Autumn Reeser just happens to be heading to Italy (where the veil was made) in order to teach a class. She takes the veil with her so her and her friends can find out more about it. The first you see of her she's met the guy who will become her romantic interest. Then, within literal minutes, she's ran across the shop where the veil was made and met the descendants of the woman who made it. Then, wouldn't you know it, in comes the love interest. His family owns the shop. The woman in the painting with the veil was his great-great-great grandmother's sister (or whatever). Then, shock of shocks, he happens to be mentoring some students at the same college she's teaching at. It goes on and on and on. Most times it's easy to overlook things like this because coincidences make the story move faster. But in this case it's just so stupid. They might as well have had a magic talking dog walk up and tell everybody that the veil came from outer space. It would be just as believable.

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The Wedding Veil Legacy
(Loveuary • Alison Sweeney and Victor Webster • February 19, 2022)
So... in the last movie they found out that the magical veil was created in Burano, Italy. They even found the family whose ancestor created it and returned it to them. But then one of the friends was married in the veil, it got snagged, and rather than having it repaired by the family of professional lacemakers who created it... they had some random guy in New York repair it? Don't get me wrong, I like the idea of three interconnected movies, but do they have to be this stupid? And then there's the fact that so-called professional archivists are handling a priceless old document with their bare hands and passing it around in a folder that's likely not even acid-free. I mean, come on. Even the absolute bare minimum of logic applied to this stuff would have gone a long, long way. But anyway, the last of the three friends to be married under the veil runs into a guy at the tailor's shop where the veil is going to be repaired... he turns out to be the chef at a restaurant she just happens to be eating at... and a non-stop train of ridiculousness ensues. Once again burying a talented cast with absurdity. I hope that Hallmark gives the whole interconnected movie idea another shot... but hopefully with a bit more sense smacked into it, because this trilogy was pretty bad.

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Welcome to Mama's
(Loveuary • Melanie Scrofano and Daniel di Tomasso • February 26, 2022)
Lorraine Bracco started an Italian restaurant with her husband, who dies, leaving her to carry on alone. But then she dies and leaves the restaurant to a woman who used to be like a daughter to her, but they had a falling out. But the restaurant comes with some baggage... namely a chef who doesn't want to stick with Mama's traditional recipes, but wants to do something new. Will the two of them be able to compromise by blending the old with the new? Or will they have a falling out and go their separate ways? Well... shocker... something happens as they work together on a grand re-opening.

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✓ BAD! Feeling Butterflies
(Kayla Wallace and Kevin McGarry • March 12, 2022)
What's weird about dueling butterfly parties? At least the writer knew how utterly absurd the concept was and decided to just say it early on in the film. And I'm just going to get this out of the way early on in this review... this movie is stupid from start to finish. Not just the concept of a rival butterfly wrangler being a villain straight out of the comic books, but in the inane expositional dialogue and complete lack of internal logic. The first scene is a woman going to her butterfly sanctuary to gather up butterflies to release at a wedding, and her compressor is going out. She talks to it and says that she doesn't have time for it to fail today, and it should fail tomorrow because she's free tomorrow to fix it. And the compressor magically starts up again. Then, at the wedding, she tells her partner that they should head back so they can get ready for a birthday party the next day... you know... when she was totally free. It only gets worse from there. When the handsome dad from the birthday party shows up at the butterfly sanctuary with his annoying daughter, the woman gets a call and this happens: "That was Rebecca O'Keefe." — "Wait, Rebecca O'Keefe as in the heiress to the O'Keefe Publishing Empire?" — "Yep, that Rebecca O'Keefe" — "Who's getting married in a few weeks? It's all over the tabloids!" I could go on and on and on and on. This seriously felt like a budget flick on another network, except it had some money put into CGI butterflies, actual butterflies, and fake butterfly props, which is how Hallmark ended up with it. Though why it ever got put into production in the first place is a mystery.

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✓ Favorite A Second Chance at Love
(Spring Into Love • Eriq La Salle and Gloria Reuben • March 26, 2022)
You know how this one is going to end from the very start (a woman signs both of her divorced parents up for an anonymous dating app so they can find love again... WHO WILL THEY END UP WITH, I WONDER?). But that's not the point. The point is that the cast is exceptional. They really bring this one home, and I enjoyed it more than many of the more high profile Hallmark movies with Hallmark's biggest stars. I guess when you produce a minimal number of movies with Persons of Color, the few that you DO end up making will be filled with actors that are the cream of the crop. I sure wish Hallmark would do better with diversity. If they're going to tell the same story over and over, the least they could do is make the cast different. I didn't recognize the guy playing the husband of the daughter setting up her parents... Jordan Joseph... but he is the unsung hero of this movie. Of all the roles, his is easily the most difficult to play. He has to be subtle at all times. He can't be angry that his wife spends more time thinking about her parents than she does about him... because viewers would hate him. But he has to be frustrated that his wife treats him so second rate... because then viewers would think he's a doormat. He straddles the line so perfectly in every scene... and he should be recognized for the skill that requires. I sure hope that Hallmark puts him in more projects.

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✓ Okay Always Amore
(Autumn Reeser and Tyler Hynes • April 3, 2022)
Despite the dream pairing of Autumn Reeser and Tyler Hynes turning in great performances, this movie is so straightforward as to be pedestrian. A widow is in dire straights when her late husband's restaurant is in danger of closing. Fortunately a restaurant consultant is on-hand to turn things around. From there it's a basic story with zero surprises, and the boring take on the overhearing/misunderstanding trope at the end does the film no favors. Had they been even a little ambitious with the story, this could have been something special. But, alas...

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✓ Favorite! A Royal Runaway Romance
(Philippa Northeast and Brant Daugherty • April 9, 2022)
The concept isn't exactly new... this is a mashup between a runaway princess flick and a roadtrip film... but the fact that this is so well written and acted made it feel like it was a fresh take. European Princess has her portrait painted by an American artist... then heads to her uncle's home in Los Angeles with her mother with secret plans to make her way to Chicago to see the artist she's infatuated with. Ditching her mother, she sets out on a road trip with her uncle's bodyguard. Hallmark happens.

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✓ Okay A Tail of Love
(Brittany Bristow and Chris McNally • April 23, 2022)
Ever since I saw A Winter Princess (one of my favorite Hallmark movies ever) I have been eagerly anticipating whatever Natalie Hall and Chris McNally do next. I like them both, but they seem to be plagued by mediocre movies. This is another one, but the performances push it a bit higher than usual. Alas, there's a literal villain, so the laziness of the script is grating. But anyway... Chris McNally is military man who inherits his parent's pet food factory. He decides to sell it to an EVIL WOMAN who is intent on bulldozing the dog shelter next door because it turns out it was built on the land she's buying. So it's up to Brittany Bristow and Chris McNally to prove that the land had already been sold so that the dogs can be saved. I hope they don't fall in love while working together! But of course they do.

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✓ BAD! Warming Up To You
(Cindy Busby and Christopher Russell • May 7, 2022)
If you're going to build your entire movie around fat-shaming, you should at least invest the money into an actual fat suit that moves and hangs realistically. Instead it looks like they shoved a pillow under Christopher Russell's shirt which looked truly stupid in every scene. It also looked wildly inconsistent, like they kept forgetting how big the pillow should be from day to day. In this awful movie, a Hollywood action star gets a gut on him, which results in him going to a fitness camp. They manage to tack on a reason he gained the weight in a last-ditch effort to make him multi-dimensional, but it's too little too late. But no worries... the entire story is the local fitness expert whipping him into shape in an unrealistic amount of time, and that doesn't get short-changed. Too bad it's a story that's a waste of everybody's time.

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Roadtrip Romance
(Natalie Hall and Corey Sevier • May 14, 2022)
It's Timmy from Lassie! Though, to be honest, Natalie Hall could literally be playing opposite Lassie and it would still be a compelling rom-com worth watching. But anyway... thanks to a baggage-handler strike, former high-school rivals (and current toy company rivals) Natalie Hall and Corey Sevier are stuck in Denver... both needing to get home in a hurry (her for her sister's wedding, he for his dad's retirement party). They end up sharing a car to dive home... AND YOU WILL NEVER GUESS WHAT HAPPENS!

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Romance to the Rescue
(Andrea Brooks and Marcus Rosner • May 21, 2022)
The premise for this one is painful. To get a man that she doesn't even know, a woman lies about having a dog. Needing a dog fast when her lying plan results in a problem, she turns to a shelter to get her one... where she lies to the shelter owner so that he'll actually push through an adoption. Now she has to agility-train her new best friend into show-quality so she can get out of her lie. The only actor to come out of this thing unscathed was the dog. Everybody else should have never signed on to this disaster... the dog wasn't given a choice.

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Hidden Gems
(Summer Nights • Andrea Brooks and Beau Mirchoff • June 4, 2022)
I was familiar with Beau Mirchoff from his many random television appearances, including Now Apocalypse, and was genuinely shocked to see him in a Hallmark flick. Though maybe I shouldn't be given that this film gave him a free trip to Hawaii. But anyway... sister and Maid of Honor at a wedding in Hawaii loses the magical ring in the ocean which was given to her by her grandmother. She enlists the help of a local diver to help her find the ring... and a desire to do what she wants to do instead of what she feels she has to do. Ultimately this is a fairly by-the-numbers flick with nothing terribly special about it other than the location. It was basically a huge advertisement for the hotel where the movie took place (Hallmark is running a contest to win a trip there). I understand that product placement is a necessary evil, but building an entire movie around it? No thanks.

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✓ Favorite Caribbean Summer
(Summer Nights • Heather Hemmens and Ser'Darius Blain • June 11, 2022)
A news producer makes an embarrassing mistake on the job after a break-up and is instructed to take a vacation to a small Caribbean island. Unfortunately, she falls victim to a rental scam and ends up staying in an islander's home. Of course there's no lodging available on the entire island, so he lets her stay in his guest room. Eventually she discovers that he's actually a former lawyer who fled the US after taking the fall for a mistrial scandal. But the real story ends up being a bit more complicated... if their budding romance can survive the truth. This was a beautifully-shot movie with gorgeous locations, a surprisingly smart story, and two talented actors bringing it to life.

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Moriah's Lighthouse
(Summer Nights • Rachelle Lefevre and Luke Macfarlane • June 18, 2022)
Luke Mafarlane is on a French island where he gets run down by a woman on her bicycle. Things just get more inexplicably bizarre from there. He it trying to find a place to eat, but all the restaurants he visits only speaks French and he doesn't speak French. Except literally nobody speaks French, as everybody on the island speaks in French-accented English, even when just talking amongst themselves. The only time that people speak French is when he's in their presence because HA HA HA HAAAA how funny. Unfortunately, as charming as Luke Macfarlane is, the way they make him such a clueless American is not even a tiny bit entertaining. Like this movie. Which is a shame, because I'm fairly certain they actually went to France to film it.

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✓ Good Two Tickets to Paradise
(Summer Nights • Ashley Williams and Ryan Paevey • June 25, 2022)
There is nothing even remotely surprising about this one. It's predictable to a fault and is a story you've seen dozens of times before. Except it's in Hawaii. And Ashley Williams and Ryan Paevey are so dang charming that they elevated the material to something you're not bored with. Ashley Williams gets dumped at the altar. She then runs across Ryan Paevey, who just got dumped by his fiancé. After some random coincidences that are beyond belief (but not offensively so), they both end up in Hawaii together. There they decide to hang out together and have island adventures to take their mind off of their romantic woes. Hallmark happens. But then her clueless ex-fiancé shows up to throw a monkey wrench into their budding romance. Oh noes! There are a few cringe moments that could have been rethought to push this movie into being a favorite for me... but it's still a pretty good Hallmark flick even with them showing up.

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My Grown-Up Christmas List
(Kayla Wallace and Kevin McGarry • July 9, 2022)
I'm a sucker for military Hallmark movies... especially military Christmas Hallmark movies... and am willing to give them a lot of slack when it comes to realism. But this one just goes way too far. The absurdity of the situations that come up are so over-the-top as to be laughable. Which would be fine, except most of the movie's most heartfelt moments hinge on these scenes being dramatic moments... not comedic. There needs to be a balance, and this movie has none of it. In case you want to watch it, I will restrain my comments (they're all spoiler-laden), but I will say BWAH HA HA HA HAAAAAAA HA HAAAAA!

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Campfire Christmas
(Tori Anderson and Corbin Bleu • July 16, 2022)
This wasn't terrible by any means, but it didn't exactly land either. A summer camp which is famous for a "Christmas in July" week becomes a place for some kids to become lifelong friends. Fast-forward to present-day, and the owners of the camp have decided to retire. And since their daughter (who happens to be one of those kids at the beginning) doesn't want to take over the camp, they've decided to close it down. But first they want to have one last "Christmas in July" celebration with alumni from the camp. It's an opportunity for the friends to come back together. Including the daughter and her old boyfriend who had a bad breakup sometime in the past. And then there's the wacky B-story about the daughter trying to impress her publisher boss enough with her writing to get a book deal. Overall, this just didn't have enough to engage. They tried to inject something new (one of the couples is a gay mixed-race couple, the remaining two are also mixed-race), which was refreshingly diverse but it wasn't enough to make it interesting. I've seen the whole "I WORK AT A PUBLISHING COMPANY AS AN ASSISTANT BUT I WANT THEM TO PUBLISH MY WRITING!" plot so many times that I'm just done with it.

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Christmas in Toyland
(Vanessa Lengies and Jesse Hutch • July 23, 2022)
If it weren't for Jesse Hutch appearing, I would have bailed from this very early on. It's just so frickin' tired and predictable. Toy company (of course) wants to close down all their stores (of course) right before Christmas (of course) because store sales are dying while online sales are increasing. I'll just set the idiotic logic about making a decision on closing stores before sales figures from your busiest time of year are in... plus all the other illogical crap in this movie... so I can focus on what little is left. ANYWAY... the corporate office sends a number-cruncher to find out why their store in New Jersey is the only one whose sales keep going up. She is anxious to save the stores, but has to deal with a store manager who is a "tough nut to crack." From there she finds out such retail strategies as placing toy displays low enough for children to see them. GENIUS! Add to that the annoying kids that pop up from time to time and I'm not a fan of this flick which has been done to death... at all.

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✓ BAD! A Splash of Love
(Rhiannon Fish and Benjamin Hollingsworth • July 30, 2022)
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD... This movie was the turning point for me. I'm no longer going to just ignore a bunch of idiocy and let a movie skate by. From now on, BAD movies like this will be marked BAD... something I formerly did with only the worst of the worst. Rhiannon Fish plays a Ph.D. researcher who has been studying orca whales... but has never actually seen them. This alone has to be one of the stupidest damn things I've ever heard, but wait! "Chloe" acts like a damn two-year-old and has trouble with mundane things like unfolding a map... and using a camera... and sitting in a boat. And that's in the first ten minutes! Lucky for her stupid, stupid, stupid ass, there's a local tour guide man who is there to help her out with her incompetence. Because despite her being a frickin' Ph.D. on these whales, she has to ask him all kinds of questions about her field of study... "They're matriarchal, right?" thus setting back feminism a couple decades. I hated this movie's insane level of stupid so much that I did something I rarely do regardless of how much I loathe a movie... I fast-forwarded through most of it. I couldn't take "Chloe" squealing and yelling and acting like a damn baby for over an hour. That's more torture than I can endure.

   

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries 2022

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✓ Favorite! The Presence of Love
(Eloise Mumford and Julian Morris • March 13, 2022)
I have no idea why this lovely little film aired on Movies and Mysteries instead of Hallmark Channel proper, but here it is. It could be that it's quite different from the usual rom-com fare, which is all the more reason to like it. It basically comes down to a half-dozen things blending together so seamlessly... including on-location filming in beautiful Cornwall, a child actor who isn't terrible, and two lead actors who are remarkably gifted. Eloise Mumford is an adjunct professor who takes a trip to the village in England where her mother grew up so she can collect her thoughts and write a paper to get hired for tenure. While there she stays in a bed and breakfast on a sheep farm run by a divorced man, his daughter, and his curmudgeon of a mother. He's having a tough time running the farm while tending to his daughter's dyslexia and his mother's unwillingness to diversify so the farm can survive. — This is a beautifully-written story that unfolds slowly and with purpose. And you could not ask for a more wonderful cast. I expected Eloise Mumford to be amazing... but, surprisingly, it's Julian Morris who steals every scene. And then there's the daughter. Usually I can't stand it when children intrude on these movies because they're usually just so bad... but Amy Sharp is fantastic, and I actually looked forward to her appearing on-screen. I anticipated liking this one just because Eloise Mumford was in it. My every expectation was exceeded, and this was a far more special movie than I could have guessed. Flawless.

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✓ Okay Color My World with Love
(Lily D. Moore and David DeSanctis • June 12, 2022)
First of all... kudos to Hallmark for working some diversity into their programming. And kudos again for making an effort to do so without being exploitative. A couple with Down Syndrome become engaged, and the young woman's mom is concerned that her daughter may not be ready for marriage. But once mom starts falling for the young man's friend and "big brother" she starts to have a change of heart. But then the road to marriage becomes a bit rocky and things start falling apart. Will mom be able to put her reservations aside... for both her daughter's relationship and her own? There were stretches of this flick that felt a bit forced and artificial, and I wish that they had tried to do something a little more interesting, but it was ultimately a good effort with a talented cast that was worth my valuable time to watch.

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✓ Okay 14 Love Letters
(Vanessa Sears and Franco Lo Presti • June 31, 2022)
When a goat farmer finds letters copied from old love letters in her mailbox, she makes it her mission to find out who's sending them to her. Is it Bachelor Number One... the guy next door who wants to buy her farm. Is it Bachelor Number Two... the local school teacher. Or is it Bachelor Number Three... the new veterinarian in town. The answer is surprising, but not unexpected. Right up until the end, this is a pretty good flick. But then they do the whole "YOU BETRAYED ME!" trope where no actual betrayal actually exists, and my eye-rolling kinda negated a lot of what preceded it. Which is a darn shame, because it was so entirely unnecessary.

   

Netflix 2022

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A Perfect Pairing
(Victoria Justice and Adam Demos • May 19, 2022)
This movie started out so bad... a woman gets tired of her arrogant ass of a boss and thieving co-worker and quits her wine importing job to start her own wine importing business. But then she goes to Australia to snag a specialty wine from a sheep station owner and runs across a departing worker. Her interaction with him was so funny that I ended up having to rewind and rewatch it again (the actor, Liam Olsen, needs a lot more acting jobs). All of a sudden I was in a better mood and willing to give the movie a second chance. Except that was the end of it. The rest of the movie is so phenomenally stupid that my eyes were rolling most of the time. The woman takes a job as a jackeroo (a young sheep station worker just starting out to get experience) to impress the winery owner, AND LOADS OF STUPID CRAP ENSUES. LOADS. Why oh why do writers think that making somebody incredibly clueless, ignorant, and stupid is a good idea? I mean, the dumbass asks the station cook if there are "other coffee options like an espresso or latte"... and of course she's an incompetent joke who can't do a damn thing right. Logic and common sense goes right out the window so even simple tasks are screwed up. I can only guess this is supposed to be "funny." I can't fathom how Adam Demos agreed to be in this awful movie given that his last film for Netflix, Falling Inn Love, was actually good. By the time the woman manages to stop being stupid and do the job (HALF-WAY THROUGH), I didn't care any more. And by they time they got to the idiotic YOU LIED TO ME! nonsense, I was through. A California Christmas did this entire story about a million times better. I'd have been better off rewatching that for the tenth time.

   

Others 2022

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Love & Where to Find It
(Elise Gatien and Clayton James • January 30, 2022)
She's a hometown coffee shop owner and budding dessert baker. He's building an evil big-chain shop across the street. And you know exactly how things are going to end up at Minute Seven where it's telecast for all to hear. It's not even remotely organic, but a full-on in-your-face broadcast of the movie's ending. Yet I suffered through it like a champ anyway. To the shock of nobody they end up interacting without realizing it when they help their respective friends interact on a dating app, then she ends up finding out who he is and is mad about it... yet hangs out with him regardless, growing fonder by the moment. It's essentially a sad You've Got Mail remake on a budget... WHICH LITERALLY USES SOME OF THE EXACT SAME DIALOGUE IN SPOTS! LITERALLY!! It's like they didn't even try to hide it. Toss in a few Facebook memes because they weren't clever enough to come up with their own story, and that sums up this entirely lackluster and redundant effort.

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Listen Out for Love
(Stephanie Bennett and Mark Ghanimé • February 6, 2022)
This was so utterly boring that I checked out almost immediately, so I am not entirely certain what was going on. Blah blah podcast producer in ratings trouble. Blah blah bad numbers. Blah blah irritating guy shoved on producer so he can make her numbers go up. Blah blah wealthy and popular lifestyle guru finding love. Whatever. The most memorable thing about this snooze-fest was the music. They overused what they had, but it all sounded pretty good. Alas, if that's all your movie has going for it, you really needed to work on a few things before letting the cameras roll.

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✓ BAD The Story of Love
(Brittany Bristow and Franco Lo Presti • February 13, 2022)
Oh gawd. This is atrocious in just about every way possible. Budding romance novelist gets a crack at becoming a pro thanks to a contest her mother secretly entered her in. To compete for her favorite romance writer of all time, she had to go to an outdoor retreat where she meets an adventure guide, THEN GETS INTO EVERY SINGLE STUPID CLICHÉ YOU'VE EVER SEEN... before finding out that her favorite writer doesn't even write his own books. But first she has to dismiss the adventure guide she's falling for because he tried to tell her the truth. This movie is ten buckets of stupid with a horrific plot that's made even worse as you watch the actors try to deliver the inane dialogue with any amount of seriousness. AVOID.

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Just One Kiss
(Krysta Rodriguez and Santino Fontana • April 2, 2022)
"Hey, we've got two leads who can sing! Let's make that into a movie!" This movie was so ridiculously boring that it was all I could do to stay awake through it all. The ghosts of two dead moms work together to set up their divorced children. Lackluster romance ensues. And what's sad is that it didn't have to be this way. Krysta Rodriguez was perfect in, well, everything... and Santino Fontana showed he had the chops for a Hallmark-style romance film in Off The Menu... so I have no idea what went wrong. Except to guess that so much was put into working in the singing that they forgot to actually work on a story.

   

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