Even though the concept of Hallmark’s productions is consistently the same (I’m not complaining mind you, since I adore what the
network offers us) – family-friendly, the boy-meets-girl comingled with the “perfect” meet-cute (and on the list could go), they do come up with some scripts that have a “twist” and this latest original is based off a book.
My Boyfriend’s Dogs (2014) Hallmark TV Film Review
On this wet, rainy night Bailey (Erika Christensen) is the picture of what it means to have “cold feet.” Or that is how she appears to the folks inside the diner where she takes refuge. She enters the diner with three dogs in tow – and she’s all dressed up in a wedding gown, no less. There, with the gentle prompting of the long-married owners she recounts how she arrives at this point in her life. Plus, how she ends up the owner of the dogs… from her three boyfriends (Jesse Hutch, Jeremy Guilbaut, Oliver Rice).
I do have to confess, this film isn’t the same kind of favorite as titles such as How to Fall in Love. There’s others in this line of original movies that I enjoy the quick banter of the cast and chemistry better. However this film is still cute in its own way for one of those cozy Saturday evenings in, it’s ideal. The flashbacks are – much to my surprise, more seamless and easy to watch. Most of the time, this aspect is tough to conquer, but this film does it nicely.
Overall, the script isn’t as convincing as some of the previous titles from this same network. Something is missing from this story that most of Hallmark’s movies have; what I cannot put my finger on, but a definite “spark” is absent. Maybe it’s the awkwardness with the character and their respective scenes, which is often full of “cheesy” excuses or characters (aside from the heroine), who don’t seem genuine. (Something that then makes it difficult to take the character seriously.)
Also something of an annoyance was the scope of the story. It just isn’t offset by enough time or realism to make the idea and ultimate end plausible. The idea is cute enough, but in the limiting time box of 80+ minutes, the film doesn’t have the right kind of time or attention to “feel” acceptable. Plus, as I say, that ending doesn’t help. That being said, please don’t just take one opinion as the only one. I did still enjoy My Boyfriend’s Dogs – I promise I really did, and definitely had some laughs from the story. Plus, I’d wager animal lovers will adore the four-legged stars of the film.
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You can find My Boyfriend’s Dogs digitally on Amazon Video
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