‘Love on the Sidelines’: A Witty Romantic Comedy About Opposites

January 16, 2016 3 Comments

Immediately following their successful “Countdown to Christmas” campaign, Hallmark launches “Winterfest.” Of the four titles, this, Love on the Sidelines, is the third, and just as it’s meant to it coincides perfectly with the season.

Love on the Sidelines (2016) Hallmark TV Film Review

As one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks, Danny Ingram (John Reardon) is more than a little miffed when he has to watch his teammates every Sunday from the sidelines. His foot injury isn’t ideal for any player, but for Danny it effects his attitude as well as his game.

Enter Laurel (Emily Kinney). Struggling with her profession, Laurel needs work – and fast! Thanks to her new roommate, she finds some as a personal assistant.

Her client is Danny Ingram and from the start, their professional partnership is doomed. Danny is more comfortable with a male assistant, which means Laurel’s knock on his door is anything but welcome. To make matters worse, she knows next to nothing about the game Danny is so committed to.

My go-to “chick flick channel” does it again. As the first 2016 original I tuned into, this romcom immediately sweeps me up in its sweet romance, and the character arcs. Being the type of girl that I am, I relate to Laurel a great deal (although I’m sorta versed on the sport considering I have family who are football fanatics), and the humorous ways her ignorance pops in.

TV FILM REVIEW | ‘Over the Moon in Love’: Old Friends to a New Sweet-heart
love on the sidelines

Keeping up with its many predecessors, the cast has a nice, easy-going chemistry that makes watching this enjoyable (in a breezy rom-com kind of experience). Emily is a new face though some of you will likely know her from the popular zombie survival show, The Walking Dead. Some will also recognize a familiar face in leading man, John Reardon. He co-stars in 2014’s The Christmas Secret (a favorite from the year). Not only is it fun to see him in something new, he also plays the role well.

Those who are wish for a cozy night in kind of chick flick should look no further than Love on the Sidelines. It’s a snazzy little opposites attract, fashion vs. football kind of match up. There’s nice moments, a few swoon-y bits, and plenty of football to create the personality clash. Those of us who have no loyalty to watching Saturday’s playoffs just might find this romantic-comedy more to our liking. It’s a winner in this girls playbook.

(Disclosure: this post does contain affiliate links; if you buy anything through these links, I may receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. Read the disclosure page for details.)

You can buy Love on the Sidelines on Amazon Video or purchase a copy on DVD.

Photos: Hallmark

About Rissi JC

amateur photog. #bookblogger. downton abbey. inspys. internet-photo-shy. writer. the aspiration is to someday write professionally. a girl can dream, right?

Rissi JC

amateur photog. #bookblogger. downton abbey. inspys. internet-photo-shy. writer. the aspiration is to someday write professionally. a girl can dream, right?

All posts


  • Bekah M. January 17, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Wonderful review!! I actually started this one yesterday (because I saw that it was premiering on your IG) but my dad (who can't stand Hallmark movies lol) convinced me mid-through to go to the movie theaters with him. :P I ended up watching 13 Hours, which was really good, but I still really want to finish this cuteness! Think I'm headed to watch the rest of it now… :) Thanks so much for sharing! Whenever you post about a new Hallmark movie, my grandma and I will usually try to watch them. :)

    • Rissi January 19, 2016 at 4:43 AM

      A trip to the movies isn't a bad reason to ditch a Hallmark, Bekah. And 13 Hours sounds really good! Glad to know it's worth seeing. As for this one, I hope you enjoyed the rest of the cuteness – because it was in full and perfect form. :D

  • […] the life they live. It’s refreshing and if you’ve liked films like A Little Daytime Drama or Love on the Sidelines (both from Hallmark), you may like this one which is by the same writing duo (Judith Berg, Sandra […]

  • Leave a Reply

    (Enter your URL then click here to include a link to one of your blog posts.)

    Bonjour and Welcome!

    Welcome | thank you for visiting and reading. if you like, you are invited to join our conversations and follow along – join us.  You’re most welcome.
    Read more about Finding Wonderland

    ps: please excuse the “disorder.” you can read more about Finding Wonderland’s changes, new follow options and why archive posts are a mess in my “Disorder + Feedback” post!

    Finding Wonderland Elsewhere!

    Finding Wonderland in your Inbox!

    Subscribe! Have Finding Wonderland's new content sent to your inbox; sign up for our once (or twice) monthly round up of new content. If you'd like to have this newsletter sent to your inbox, you can enter your email address here. Please note, this does require a sign-up confirmation via email, and that email may be sent to a junk or spam folder.

    RSS Feed

    Enter your email address:

    Shop our Etsy Store



    Some of the links on this blog are affiliate links, which means that if you click on a product link, I may receive (a small) compensation. This compensation comes at no additional cost to you.

    Rissi JC (RissiWrites.com) is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

    All written content (unless noted) is © Copyright Rissi JC and Finding Wonderland (RissiWrites.com).


    %d bloggers like this: