‘Mix Up in the Mediterranean’: Fun Maybe, but Not a Hallmark Best

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Each Saturday night on Hallmark brings a new romance to discover. This week, another rom com from them debuts, and this time, they take us to a sunny locale that’s really, quite the pretty picture.

Mix Up in the Mediterranean (2021) Hallmark Film Review

Trying to keep the memory of his family’s dinner alive is something Josh (Jeremy Jordan) believes in. But his twin brother, Julian (also played by Jordan) isn’t as keen. He left their small Alaska hometown and went to culinary school in Paris. Now he runs a restaurant in New York. His latest plans, to help keep the restaurant afloat, is to win a culinarily competition in Malta.

Meg (Jessica Lowndes) grew up with every advantage, with exception to an attentive father. Now he expects her to join the family business. Meg has a different idea. She wants to create her own kind of empire which involves planning the perfect events and parties. She’s starting by putting together this prestigious culinary competition where she meets Julian, a man she feels a connection to, but remains only friends with, only trouble is, Julian isn’t who she things he is…

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‘Mix Up in the Mediterranean’: Fun Maybe, but Not a Hallmark Best. A review of the Jessica Lowndes and Jeremy Jordan romance. © Rissi JC

Third in their block of new February premieres, ‘Mix Up’ is one of those kind of unexpected titles that is one thing, but also another. The plot plays with some fun shenanigans’ and takes a kind of Parent Trap concept (twins switching places) but makes it adult. Lowndes always seems to play the same sort of character (the organized business woman) whereas Jordan has only been in one other Hallmark title (Holly & Ivy). It’s nice to see him return, especially in something that makes us laugh out loud.

In the bigger scope of this film, this movie is all kinds of fun though some of the details aren’t among my favorite. The film does have a gorgeous setting and I love that it’s set somewhere more interesting than one of the coasts (Oregon, New York) or a small town. Makes for stunning backgrounds as the characters converse. There’s also some sweet romantic moments and the film has a decent script, especially when it comes to reuniting the brothers. All in all, this won’t be a Hallmark that will appeal to everyone, but if you enjoy everything you see from the network, you’ll find Mix Up in the Mediterranean fun.

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Content: There is a same-sex relationship in the film, which gets more air time [and PDA] than some of the other Hallmark films. There’s also one same-sex kiss. The film is TV-G.

Photos: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media Press

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