Hallmark begins a New Year with a slate of rom-coms (of course!) and also, a set of five titles under a new banner titled ‘New Year, New Movies.’ Alexa PenaVega stars as Jenna, a former professional dancer who now teaches dance to eager and encourage their dreams. Trouble finds her in the form of rent increases and the loss of talented students to a mainstream dance team. An answer to some of her challenges may come in an unexpected way.
Suffering from a painful ankle injury that could end his career, Ryan “Coop” Cooper (Lake Macfarlane) is facing a future he cannot fathom. Then, his agent, who happens to be related to Jenna, suggests Ryan take dance to heal his injury and strengthen his ankle again.
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This is one of those films that made me giggle throughout. I laughed out loud multiple times, including the meet-cute scenario and appreciated the quieter moments between Jenna and Ryan. Both are good people characters who we like and easily champion. Little though it is, I have to also commend Alexa PenaVega for her “dancing” scenes. They come off as good and work nicely for the scenes. Plus, it’s always nice to see her return for a new romantic-comedy on the network.
This is a movie full of fun moments and cute little “dates” as these two navigate the liking of one another. The end is “ruined” a bit because of THE declaration, but the romance (setting, lights, actors) of it all lessens the annoyance. Plus, the script for Taking a Shot at Love plays with the tropes of favorite romantic comedies with the dialogue which is fun. These two feel a bit more real in here in this story, and I’m here for it.
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Content: this one is clean with the minor exception of a possible implication of a same-sex relationship. Not sure if that’s the direction the script is implying, but again, it’s minor and only in one scene. Taking a Shot at Love is TV-G.
Photos: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media Productions