Chick flicks of the romantic variety are catnip at my house. My mother and I seem to (maybe too often – or is there such a thing?) indulge in them frequently. None are more enjoyable than those we discover on the Hallmark Channel.
All Things Valentine (2016) Hallmark Review
Working with a kind of mask in place as an advice columnist has provided a sort of safety net for Avery (Sarah Rafferty). Like today. After her heart is broken, on the worst possible day (Valentine’s Day), she advises one of her readers to move on. The guy she’s dating isn’t likely to be Mr. Right, she says. This all changes when Avery is tasked to write a series of “All Things Valentine” columns. All is well until one reader takes issue with her columns, and begins to debate Avery’s “advice” in the comments.
As she tries to ignore the skeptic, she meets the charming Brendan Bates (Sam Page), a veterinarian who has just broken up with his girlfriend. As the two navigate the start of something new, they navigate around their shared wariness of Valentine’s Day and discover they both have things to learn; about themselves and each other.
Seeing a new movie premiere on this channel is always a treat, but when it features an actress I like, that’s icing on the cake. All Things Valentine has Sarah Rafferty from the entertaining USA Network show Suits. On it, she plays a confident career woman named Donna who knows everything (believe me, she virtually does). On this, her role isn’t so different except unlike Donna she’s more of an emotional wreck. Not only did I enjoy Sarah in this role, Sam and her play off each other well, and we get to see the familiar face of Kimberley Sustad (Nine Lives of Christmas) and Jeremy Guilbaut (My Boyfriends Dogs).
Though the scripting isn’t as sharp as its sister premiere Dater’s Handbook, ‘Valentine’ is still a charming bit of chick flick charm. The sweet story cues and what developes between Avery and Brendan will make you smile throughout; and of course, the subplots are also good old-fashioned fun. When it all comes down to it, naturally I give this new flick two thumbs up. It’s all the things a charmer of a valentine story should be. And then some. ♥
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