Be My Valentine – A Romance (with a Fireman)!

February 13, 2014 9 Comments

Ideally, a chick flick needs two key elements to be successful. First it needs a good sense of humor that will not just make us giggle but really laugh the good kind of joy. Second – and perhaps, the most important – it needs a good hero. Fortunately, this darling movie, Be My Valentine, gets both right.

Be My Valentine

Be My Valentine (2013) Hallmark Channel Review 

Twenty years into his marriage, Dan Farrell (William Baldwin) said good-bye to his wife. The years he had with his wife, Dan counts among the best – the two had a good life together, but he has come to terms with his life as it is now. Dan is happy with his work as a fireman and keeps busy raising his twelve-year-old son Alex (Christian Martyn) who is experiencing his first crush in the pretty Rebecca. Then he meets Kate (Natalie Brown).

Dan’s interest in Laura takes him by surprise but when Laura too is interested in pursuing a relationship, things get complicated. Especially when Laura’s ex turns up, which leads everyone to question what it is they really want.

Honestly, I expected nothing but an average story based on first impressions. I assumed it’d be cute though certainly not among my favorites. Much of my bias comes from the actor playing Dan and low expectations of his ability to make a likable leading man. Little did I expect to fall head over heels for this adorable Valentine-day piece of candy. With exception to its twist that “breaks apart” its would-be romancers (but there is no big disagreement, which is nice), the film works its script differently than its peers. It uses all it has at its disposable to be a charmer and then some.

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I like the focus on Alex and his crush, the conversations he and his dad have about love, and yet we never felt cheated out of time with Dan and Laura’s scenes. I also like that there is an immediate spark between Laura and Dan instead of hate-turning-to-love or a dance about for 70-some minutes before someone makes the first move. Though, the fact that both characters have had love in their grasp excuses this version a bit.

The laughs are frequent with the angle of old vs. new clashes (dad and son), and of course, the scenes at the firehouse add some comedy. Anyone who loathes the break-up blow up near the climax can also revel in a lack of one in this production. Sure there is a kind of “break up” but what I liked best was that Dan doesn’t flip out, there’s no yelling or accusations and in the end, as expected the right decision is made.

If you want a new flick to watch on Valentine’s Day, make sure to look into Be My Valentine. It’s a sweeter holiday story than the Garry Marshall star-studded Valentine’s Day,and is worth a second look; even if only for a one-time watch while enjoying a quiet, cozy evening at home.

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The movie is now on DVD or you can purchase it on instant download (digitally) on Amazon.
Photo: Hallmark / Crown Media Press

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amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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  • Juju at Tales of February 13, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Off subject: Awesome dress!!

    • Rissi February 14, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Isn't it cool? I like dresses that use asymmetrical hems/lines, so long as it's not "too" drastic. :)

  • Maria February 14, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    I'd watch it!

    • Rissi February 14, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      It sure was cute, Maria. :)

  • Kellie February 14, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    I saw red suspenders and knew immediately that I had to give it a try. ;)

    So, Arrow S1 went on sale at Target for $15 this week (what a steal, even better than Amazon!) so I snagged it quickly (had to go to a different Target than the one that I work at, since mine was out!) and have been gobbling it up ever since! Just finished it this morning and can't wait for S2! :D

    • Rissi February 14, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      …seriously, that whole "red suspenders" sequence is ADORABLE, Kellie. ;)

      What a steal! Lucky you to work at Target and know the best deals. ;) I love it when, on the rare occasion, I can find deals like that and especially with TV sets that are SO darn expensive. Glad you were able to snag such a fun show (like you, I binge watch favorite shows, too, LOL) – that finale does make one want to see what's up in S2! Cannot wait. :)

  • his little lady February 14, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Would totally watch it ;)
    xo TJ

    • Rissi February 15, 2014 at 3:53 AM

      It's a cutie, TJ. ;)

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