One of their standalone premieres, this Hallmark dramedy is less about endearing clichés and more about healing.
Sweet Carolina (2021) Hallmark TV Film Review
Life in New York is good for Josie Wilder (Lacey Chabert). She has the job, boyfriend and a clear cut path for what her future will be. Everything crashes when she receives a phone call to tell her that her sister and brother-in-law were killed in a car accident. This sends Josie rushing home to be with family. In the aftermath, she learns that instead of their parents (Teryl Rothery, Gregory Harrison), her sister names Josie as guardian of the two kids.
This spins Josie, and her niece and nephew’s world upside down. As everyone tries to adjust, they find themselves in more than one disagreement. But with her family, and the support of her former boyfriend turned high school coach, Cooper (Tyler Hynes), maybe they’ll find a path.
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For some reason I haven’t seen quite as many Hallmark’s lately. However, I did know that this one sets a different kind of tone, so I did want to check it out before its novelty wore off. I’m glad I did. It’s very true what they say about this one. Sweet Carolina is a much more emotional kind of story. It hits us in ways we don’t expect with a story that packs a lot of truisms when it comes to healing.
Speaking of the story, its leading lady serves not only as the lead in this but also a producer and has a “story by” credit. She works overtime on this one, but it doesn’t show. I think this is actually one of the best roles I’ve seen her in, maybe ever. It’s also fun to note that this is the second co-star credit she has with Tyler Hynes (Winter in Vail) who I always like. Plus, their banter is pretty cute (even the awkward ones); he always seems to have such a natural way with quippy dialogue.
If you don’t mind something with more tears rather than silly, this is a good movie. It’s hard-hitting in some of its emotional scenes and dialogue, but it’s also honest and I appreciate this. Some of the “shouting matches” get a little tiresome, but all in all, it’s good. It’s about healing from loss and the past, and healing for the future too.
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Content: Nothing to note [apart from the more serious thematic elements of death]. The film is TV-G
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