Before viewers fell in love with him as Oliver O’Toole, Eric Mabius plays Wayne, a struggling actor who finds his bills far exceed his bank account. Advice from his mother sends him to his old school and principle (Stephanie Powers), happens to be in need of a substitute teacher. Luckily for all, Wayne has the credentials to fill the position.
While – quite reluctantly – subbing, Wayne meets Amy (Virginia Williams), a pretty and smart teacher who is assigned to work with him on his theater classes written assignments. Though he finds her one of the most interesting people he knows, his job comes with an expiration date and his career soon reminds him of this.
An “oldie” from Hallmark, I’m not sure how it is that I never saw Reading, Writing and Romance, but there’s the truth. The story is delightfully predictable, but also one Hallmarkies can enjoy. The film anchors itself in a theater background complete with a Romeo & Juliet scene.
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Given that we “know” Eric as the Hallmark character Oliver, it’s also funny (not in a bad way) to see him play such a different role. In one of their Christmas films, he plays a cop and single dad, and here, it’s a struggling actor. All around it’s an interesting different to see, but not one we don’t enjoy because he plays each role well.
Despite the fact that I remember her as a “mean girl” character, I like Virginia Williams quite well in this. For those of us who watched some vintage TV, it’s also fun to see Stephanie Powers (Hart to Hart) as well. Everyone is good together, and it’s fun to watch the little “jealousy” plot unfold with the antics of the fellow teacher. All in all, Reading, Writing and Romance is a good time.
Those who like the cast or sweet romance will find a cute academia rom-com story with Wayne, Amy and their band of a misfit theater troupe students.
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