Dance is something of beauty to watch. Whether it’s depicting tragedy or something of a more lighthearted jaunt in a performance, there’s something alluring about it. Being a Hallmark usually suggests I’ll enjoy the entertainment but this film had a stronger pull centering on the art of dance.
Come Dance at My Wedding (2008) Hallmark TV Film Review
Preparations are well underway for the annual recital at the Merriman dance studio. Busy as Cyd Merriman (Brooke Nevin) is with wedding plans to her High School sweetheart, she’s still trying to push herself to achieve more than there’s hours in a day. Inheriting the family business, Cyd thinks about accepting a local land broker’s sale offer. She wonders if this will finally allow her to attend school, and become a family therapist. It becomes a little clear when she learns from her mother’s best friend and local lawyer, Laura Williams (Roma Downey), that her mother left part of the studio to the father she doesn’t know. Tanner Gray (John Schneider) has been a drifter his entire life. What he doesn’t know is about Cyd. Instead of simply signing a form relinquishing his rights, he appears on Cyd’s doorstep, which opens old wounds.
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Two well-known stars from popular shows of the past helps to make this title a pleasant little indulgence. Believe it or not the dancing is more “professional” and lovely to watch and it carries the film well. The scenes of Cyd teaching her classes of beginner students are precious; one in particular will leave even the most cynical with a smile. However the adult classes are equally entertaining and cover not only the classics like ballroom, jazz or the tango, but a fun sequence of line dancing. The atmosphere is even moderately adept; if the actors have no dance training, they’re well practiced in the few scenes. Suffice to say, everything looks pretty when need be. The only disappointment in that department is the wedding dancing. Neither one is anything special, but then they’re here to show a kind of happy glow. No matter what it still makes for a pretty picture.
Indifferent to a somewhat “blah” title that perhaps wouldn’t normally entice an abundant audience, this is a delightful film. The small town charm creates a good basis’ for the overall setting and the characters complete that to bring it all to life. Everyone gave a heartfelt performance that nearly make us forget any silly moments among an otherwise strong story that has values and moral character, something many movies are lacking in abundance today. During a quiet evening when nothing of any consequence is of interest, this is one dance invitation there’s no shame in accepting.
Content: Cyd references her honeymoon a time or two with some winking references. Another reference is made to an unmarried couple living together. Classmates make fun of a chubby young girl who cannot master dance steps properly. The theme is one of secrets. Two men share a beer. It rates PG.