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.
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 on that cold night, entering 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 arrived at this point in her life and how she wound
up the owner of the dogs… from her three boyfriends (Jesse Hutch, Jeremy Guilbaut,
favorite as titles such as How to Fall in Love
or some of the Christmas programming from Hallmark. There are others in this
line of original movies that held my attention more readily or I enjoyed 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 were – much to my
surprise, more seamless and easy to watch, breaking in and out of past vs. present nicely. Most of the time, this aspect
is tough to conquer or at the very least not the most pleasant to watch, but
this film does it nicely. Overall, for me, the script isn’t as convincing as
even some of the previous titles I have seen from this same network, enjoyed
and have subsequently purchased. Something was missing from this story that most
of Hallmark’s movies have – what I cannot put my finger on, but a definite
“spark” was absent. Maybe it was the awkwardness with the character and their
respective scenes, which is often full of “cheesy” excuses from them (as
characters) or characters (aside from the heroine), who don’t seem genuine, and
are thus difficult to take seriously.
It just wasn’t offset by enough time or realism to make the idea and ultimate ending plausible. The
idea is cute enough, but in the limited time box of 80+ minutes, the film isn’t
given the right kind of time or attention to “feel” acceptable – and as mentioned, that ending
doesn’t help. That being said, please don’t just take one opinion as the only
one. I did still enjoy My Boyfriends’
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.
Boyfriends’ Dogs tonight on Hallmark Channel at 8/7c.; until then, have a look at the promo trailer.