The whole Groundhog Day concept is not new, but some manage the trope better than others. This 2017 Hallmark dramedy takes a turn at perfecting the time loop element.
Valentine’s Again (2017) Hallmark TV Film Review
Tradition says that Katherine “Kat” (Nicky Whelan) spends Valentine’s Day alone. But this year is going to be different. This year, the successful and busy marketing career woman has met the perfect man. Or so she thinks. When her date doesn’t go as planned, she has a chance encounter with a unique woman who refers to herself as Kat’s “fairy godmother.”
It would seem she must relive the same Valentine’s Day every day until she males a connection with her soulmate. Trouble is Kat may be so stuck on her idea of perfect that she might miss real love.
This is a title that Hallmark (one of our favorite networks around here!) put on their streamer Hallmark Movies Now. Though anyone could see it there, it hadn’t debuted on their channel until this 2021 ‘Love Ever After’ campaign. Add in the fact that, as I already did mention, this is one of my least favorite tropes and needless to say, I had “meh” thoughts about this one. Fortunately, sometimes those are the ones that make the most sense.
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Valentine’s Again is a charming, grown up kind of romance featuring characters with actors that suit their roles. Nicky Whalen has been in one other Hallmark title (Christmas at Reindeer Lodge) and she does well in this role. Greg Vaughn isn’t someone who I immediately can remember seeing in something though I probably have. But the cast puts in really good performances for a script that is, mostly, a step above most of its peers.
I like that the “love story” is more grown up in that the way it ends is on the hope of something rather than the definite. It’s certainly more authentic this way and doesn’t make me want to roll my eyes over a declaration (mind you, this is usually after 10-14 days of knowing the person). It’s just a lovely albeit still plenty fairy tale-esque film that does its actors and audience justice. (You may know this as Once Upon a Winter’s Date.)
If you enjoy an easy kind of romance watch, this is a really fun way to spend a random week night in.
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Content: nothing to note, everything is “old school” Hallmark
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