It had been a while since I really watched a Hallmark film (I know) until I watched three or four pretty close together. Welcome to Mama’s is one of them I still had available on my ever changing DVR options, so with nothing else to watch on a Sunday night, I hit “play.”
Welcome to Mama’s (2022) Hallmark TV Film Review
Working in a corporate restaurant has taught Amy (Melanie Scrofano) a great deal but instead of helping her step up in her career, she’s still assistant manager. When the latest promotion again passes her by, she keeps the promise to herself and moves on. On the heels of this, she learns the devastating news that the woman who was like a mother to her has passed away. This sends her to the offices of the lawyer in charge of the will.
The will stipulates that Amy run the restaurant and that chef Frank Rossi (Daniel Di Tomasso) remain on. Together, these strangers must learn how to navigate this will and try to work together. Not the easiest task since they clash with two different ideas of how to run Mama’s Restaurant.‘WELCOME TO MAMA’S’: A ROMANCE STORY WITH GOOD FOOD, TOO #HALLMARKIES #HALLMARK #HALLMARKMOVIES #ROMANCE #WHOLESOMEMOVIES #WHOLESOMEROMANCE Click To Tweet
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Hallmark has a few kind of settings, if you will, they love to reuse. One of these is anything connected to food, whether its bakeoff competitions or characters working as chefs, they love this profession. This one may be one of their better ones for a couple of reasons. One being that the setting is a smaller restaurant that infuses a kind of warmth. The second is maybe the cast.
I thoroughly enjoyed seeing a mostly new to the network group of people. Much as we like to see favorites return, it’s also quite a delight to see new faces bring to life new characters. Amy and Frank are lovely characters and the actors who play them do a nice job with their scenes together. The meet cute is cute albeit nothing special and I appreciate some of the messaging.
If there’s one thing a script from this network currently has the power to do, it’s this ability to make me relate to much of its messaging. What I like about this is that, while it takes some doing to get there, everyone realizes new isn’t bad but you can also respect and honor what has already been. The film has a kind of charming old-fashioned feel, maybe because of the flashbacks to the story of how Mama’s came to be and her own love story. Either way, the vibes are there and it creates a solid present story that almost any Hallmark aficionado will thoroughly enjoy. Just know, it may make you want to try making Tiramisu!
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Content: nothing outside the normal old school TV-G rating.
Photos: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media Press