It may be rare, but sometimes the movies you anticipate nothing from are the ones that make you smile most.
Her Pen Pal (2021) Hallmark TV Film Review
Elaborate weddings is the business of Victoria (Mallory Jansen). She’s been building her brand and name for years now, and each of her events is perhaps more grand than the last. Her newest and more important wedding is that of her best friend Tracy. It’s going to be a momentous and important day that Victoria has planned perfectly, all of which will take place in Paris! While Victoria may be sure of the wedding, the bride isn’t quite as sure, and to add awkward to the day, Victoria’s ex and his plus one are a part of the festivities.
This inspires her to reminisce about being in high school and the letters she exchanged with a native. The pair became very close before going their separate ways, and now, when she and Jacques (Joshua Sasse) reunite, what might they re-discover?
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This is one of those surprising films from Hallmark that I ignored for longer than I should. For some reason I didn’t think I’ve love it despite it being a topic and trope I do adore. However, as charming as the script is, I do think it also leans into some topics (or wants to) that I don’t agree with. That said, it’s not enough to put me off of this one, which is charming and fun. Let’s look at a bit of trivia surrounding Her Pen Pal.
The story is written by Joie Botkin, who fun fact, has written some of my personal favorite (and underrated) titles from Hallmark like Cranberry Christmas or Love in Store. Both are fun ones, and while I may have petty complaints about her latest, this is also another cutie. Many don’t agree with Sasse’s (British actor) casting as a French native, but for me, he plays the part fine.
He puts on that stereotyped air of French confidence and yet somehow is quite sweet. I also LOVE seeing Mallory Jansen back (after one of my favorite 2020 Christmas movies On the 12th Date of Christmas) and fans of Galavant will enjoy the reunion between these two. Also, director Clare Niederpruem also directed the goodies As Luck Would Have It and The Christmas Bow.
Bottom line, the conclusion here is the same. Where some complain about other issues, I just relish every Hallmark that gives me normalcy. This is certainly one of them. There’s a group of tight-knit friends, sweet moments (that longing stare at the party though…!) and of course, PARIS! All in all, this is another enjoyable production.
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Content: this one is standard for Hallmark; there’s little to nothing that will bother if you’re ok with the brand the network had 3, 4, 5, etc. years ago. The film is TV-G.