Part of their Fall into Love promotion, Pumpkin Everything is a romance that has a beautiful painting of a backdrop.
Pumpkin Everything (2022) Hallmark TV Film Review
Successful in her career as a novelist, Amy Fox (Taylor Cole) is preparing to go on a national book tour for her latest release. Then just as social media promotion is setting up to begin, Amy learns her grandfather has had an accident. This brings her home to help her mother keep him in line.
In addition to finding her grandfather (Michael Ironside), a man she has been hurt by, changed and how he runs his business different, Amy also runs into her high school best friend. Kit (Corey Sevier) is helping Tom run his store. The longer she’s home, the more she tries to find solutions that benefit everyone, but will it cost her important relationships?
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Like anything set in this season on this network, everything is all gorgeous shades of rust and mustard yellows. This is true not just in the interior but also the external which is beautiful overhead shots of leaves and foliage. While they may get the help of digital enhancement, it doesn’t change that fall scenery is stunning.
Moving on from the more superficial of the film, this script is much deeper than I anticipated. There are themes of aging and what that means or feels like; the experiences of that. Then there is, while maybe more minor, the redemption arc that is recovery. It’s interesting and for the network a bit different. However, the film still retains its same cheerful quality even with the deeper conversation and emotions.
The one thing that I don’t think the script gets right is Amy’s return. I think its clear everywhere (script and acting) that she cares and loves her family. But I think the whole “pressure” trope doesn’t always feel right. Fortunately, Taylor does seem to play the part right if the implication of the ending is that she won’t follow that pressure. With familiar faces and style that is distinctly Hallmark, Pumpkin Everything is a charming romance.
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Content: with its TV-G rating, this is on par with the older style of Hallmark films. There is some “thematic elements” with some heavier topics during conversation but nothing is bothersome.
Photos: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media