Possibly the only Hallmark Movies & Mysteries film I saw in 2021, Five More Minutes is based on the song of the same title. It’s more bittersweet but has a lovely plot.
Five More Minutes (2021) Hallmark Movies & Mysteries TV Film Review
Five more minutes. That’s all young Clara wants of her grandpa’s time, just five more minutes she asks her mother. Now, years later, Clara (Nikki DeLoach) is all grown up and she and her mother prepare for their first year since her grandpa died. Now as they navigate the season without him, Clara works in her grandpa’s shop all in the hopes of organizing the mess that is his filing system. But her temporary seasonal hire manages to take care of much of the mess leaving Clara to unexpectedly reunite with Logan (David Haydn-Jones), the man who once broke her heart.
Now a successful rank in the military, Logan is in the reserves and running a business. During her trip home, Clara discovers a journal her grandfather kept with secrets no one knew. It’s a story that captures both Clara and Logan.
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I don’t know that I’d have gotten any HMM originals watched this year despite being super impressed by them last season. However my aunt mentioned really liking this one and so, of course, I made the time to see it. Five More Minutes is the kind of film many don’t care much for because it’s bittersweet, but I think the right kind of story surpasses any tears. This story is… good. Not THE best I’ve seen on the network and I figure out the puzzle long before the end, however Nikki DeLoach seems to star in the films that have more of an emotional payoff and this is no different.
Speaking of DeLoach, I really did like the “between” interaction with her and her co-star. There’s an ease and simple aspect and despite the many ways society says love is “complicated,” sometimes it IS as simple and honest as making… a choice. Much as I’d like to say more and look deeper into what the script says, I don’t feel like I can because of spoilers. This to say, the story IS important. There’s a solid life lesson here and the moment we see it impact its heroine is solid. Everything is beautiful and special and that’s the film’s purpose.
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Content: aside from the more serious aspect of the film (death, emotion), the film is the usual old-school TV-PG/G rating.
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