Hallmark Channel likes to throw in the occasional original romance that differs from their norm. Though I have seen this plot before, their Groundhog Day-esque romance, I Do, I Do, I Do is quite cute, mostly thanks to its leading ladies.
I Do, I Do, I Do (2015) Hallmark Channel Review
Successful with a type A personality – one that requires “safety,” architect Jaclyn Palmer (Autumn Reeser) has just finished her biggest project yet; a children’s hospital ward expansion. For a year now, Jaclyn has been dating a respected doctor, who is also a best-selling author. Today, Peter (Antonio Cupo) has decided to surprise Jaclyn and propose. His plan? They’ll marry on Valentine’s Day… one week from now.
Thrust into a whirlwind of planning and putting together a wedding that is over-the-top and all planned by her soon to be mother-in-law, certainly nothing like Jaclyn’s dream. Then she meets Peter’s younger brother Max (Shawn Roberts), and a kiss later, everything is a mess. To make matters worse, Jaclyn wakes up the day after her wedding to relive the day again… over and over again.
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Marketed not just as a “Countdown to Valentine’s Day” original, this one also had the opportunity to give us a reunion of its stars (Autumn, Antonio and Ali). Originally the trio starred together in Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade, this film doesn’t just put familiar faces together it also recreates the story in some respects. Autumn’s character is very similar to that of Love at the Thanksgiving Parade and she’s one half of a relationship that doesn’t seem to appreciate her or take the time to listen to what she wants. The two stories separate from there. The characters are so much fun to hang out with; particularly Kate, Jaclyn’s sister, who is hilarious – and despite the potential for repetitiveness, the film flows nicely giving us new moments to fall in love with (those beach shore scenes are the sweetest, right!?).
Given it’s unexpected sequence of events (well until Jaclyn meets a certain someone,) and how the story plays out, it’s safe to say, this one takes me by surprise. Pleasantly so. Those kinds of films are my favorite and I’m glad to have gotten the chance to enjoy this film. If you like the Hallmark programming or the cast, be sure to make a date with this romance.
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