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.
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.
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