‘Taking a Shot at Love’: A Romance of Reinvention


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.


‘Taking a Shot at Love’: A Romance of Reinvention. A review of the 2021 Hallmark rom-com with Alexa PenaVega & Luke Macfarlane. Text © Rissi JC
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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.

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  1. I like having your reviews. Just wondering what scene has the possible implication of a same-sex relationship. I would love to know before considering watching it.

    1. I think you’ll be okay this one, Nicole. :) My reference might not even be what the writer’s had in mind. It’s a single scene with two women informing their daughter’s teacher that they are pulling them from class. It may just as easily be two mothers from separate households. To me, it just comes across as an “either way” way interpretation. If you watch this one, let me know what you think! It’s darling. :)

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