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2021

Romance

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IMDb Rating 7.3 10 196

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Synopsis


Uploaded By: FREEMAN
November 15, 2021 at 05:44 AM

Director

Cast

Alison Sweeney as Nicky Beaton
Brennan Elliott as Derrick Marshall
Erica Durance as Simone Cole
Glen Gordon as Anthony Cole
720p.WEB
774.79 MB
1280*714
English 2.0
NR
30 fps
1 hr 24 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Jackbv123 9 / 10

Pay attention even from the start

If you are like me and watch every Christmas movie that comes out, sometimes your expectations aren't high enough and you start cruisin' on authopilot.

Oddly enough, I was just finishing up another Erica Durance movie and somehow I didn't notice she was in this. It's hard to imagine her playing second (female lead) fiddle to anyone, but maybe not to Allison Sweeney, and even then she wasn't quite second fiddle, but much closer to co-lead.

But back to my point, I may have been looking forward to an early season premiere, especially with Sweeney and Brennan Elliot, but I was distracted and floated through the first half hour. Then I woke up and realized that this wasn't going to be another simple Christmas romance, perhaps with a simple who-is-the-writer quest. There are layers in this story and the mystery is only part. In fact, if you watch a lot of these, you probably had a good idea from pretty early on, even though the story kept giving a lot of misdirection.

And beyond the mystery are the layers. A woman remembers painful moments from high school. There's a thread about BFF's. And one about an engaged couple where the man is up to something which everyone but the woman knows is something good. Then the future mother-in-law shows up and the audience makes assumptions which are quickly proved wrong. And a thread about mothers and sons which runs right along with the mother-in-law thread.

The acting is good. I've already made the case that this story is good with fresh elements and the pace is good. The dialogue is good.

This is one of Hallmark's better efforts so far in 2021 especially if you don't classify it in the same category as the ones that are more musically oriented. For that matter, it's ahead of any new ones I've seen so far on competing networks. It's still early yet, but I think this movie will remain amongst the better ones this year.

Reviewed by ronbokirk 5 / 10

The Edited version is better

Before editing this movie it was NOT family friendly. After I removed 3 minutes of a gay scene it is family friendly and I would give it 9 stars.

This is the first Hallmark movie I have seen with 2 female leads, but in this case it worked.

Reviewed by Luvhallmark 6 / 10

Poor Story Development

I think both lead actors are very talented and have enjoyed them on Hallmark over the years but this particular movie tried to have a secondary plot line with the best friend and her fiancé and even a third one with the fiancé's future mother-in-law. To me, it was all over the place and the leads never really got to develop a true bond. The "mystery card" in my opinion was a bit silly and the writers made it out to be so monumental. I didn't feel any true chemistry between BE & AS but I think it was because they didn't share all that much screen time together. I did however enjoy the decorations, the lights and ambiance overall. I had higher hopes for this movie but sadly for me, it fell flat.

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