June in January (2014) Hallmark Review
Romantic comedies and chick flicks – whatever catch phrase you wish to use, is one of my vices. With a fresh new year ahead, television networks have a new year to deliver on what promises to be another year of family-friendly productions. When networks continue to put out such adorable films like this, it’s easy to imagine it will be another fabulous year. June in January gets things off to a grand start.
Dreams is all June Carver (Brooke D’Orsay) has left of her mother. Dreams and the wishes she’ll be able to make all she and her mother memorialized for June’s wedding day a reality. After two years of dating her successful lawyer boyfriend Alex (Wes Brown), June is finally able to use the wedding book she and her mother put together. An engagement on New Year’s Eve leaves plenty of time for planning the perfect June wedding just like the plan. The one snare she doesn’t see is Alex getting a job in Ohio. A job that begins the first of February.
As pressure to pull together the wedding she envisions mounts (in four weeks!) she deals with more than one issue. The list includes: a soon-to-be mother-in-law (Marilu Henner) who hates June; and finding a qualified replacement for her job.
Like the numerous wedding disaster-esque movies that came before, June in January is a charismatic piece of television. There is so many reasons to enjoy about this movie, one is its leading lady who I absolutely adore. Some of you may know her from her role as Paige Evans on the comedy Royal Pains (or you may also recognize Brooke from a prior Hallmark film, How to Fall in Love). Then there is Wes Brown. He plays the dashing leading man though I don’t think he and Brooke are “perfect” together; something is missing from their scenes together – as if maybe he over does the male disinterest too much. Also a possible irritant is the script’s tendency to play up the crazy obsession that can accompany wedding plans.
Beyond these minor nit-pick comments, this Hallmark film is adorable. It’s a nice switch-up to meet a couple in an established relationship which means its ups and downs are realistic. They are “comfortable” with one another, and aren’t written to fall in love in a month’s time to squeeze into 80-some minutes. Even though we don’t see it, since Alex and June have dated for years, this helps sell the script and that’s icing on the cake. There’s a little “mean girl” drama and a strict mother to add possible breaking points. Either way, fans of the genre cannot go wrong with June in January.
Hallmark Channel again produces a sweet treat that will coax a smile from any interested viewer.
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