‘LOVE STRIKES TWICE’: HALLMARK COMEDY REVISITS PAST WITH A CHANCE AT DO-OVER

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With firm hold on a tried and true trope and a reunion of former co-stars, Love Strikes Twice is one of those Hallmark film’s I think I saw (at the time) some decent acclaim for.

Love Strikes Twice (2021) Hallmark TV Film Review

Maintaining a balances life is not something easily done for Maggie (Katie Findlay). She’s one of the youngest lawyers possibly ready for a junior partner promotion but in order to accomplish this, she has this “one case” that requires her everything. This hasn’t gone without notice from her husband of many years, Josh (Wyatt Nash). Feeling like they’re both lost and perhaps… should have never married, Josh tells his wife this during their trip home for her parent’s anniversary.

After a walk to clear her head and a coin toss, Maggie wakes fifteen years earlier with a choice to change everything…

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Love Strikes Twice is one of those concepts I’ve seen many times. From Christmas movies to features, it’s a tired one. Beyond this, it’s also a trope I never really love. Sometimes the concept does surprise me, likely when this happens, it’s more to do with the case versus the  story. In this case, the film starts off cute and fun, but I’ll confess, I did grow bored.

I do appreciate that the script peels back some layers to go a bit deeper into a romantic relationship. In this case, it’s one of many years married. There’s a sweet scene between mother and daughter too about the realities of marriage and committing. If you’re a long standing Hallmark fan, you probably know Katie and Wyatt from the two-part film duo based on the Karen Kingsbury novel The Bridge. More recently, Katie has also been in the CW show Walker: Independence.

I cannot say this is something to consider a favorite. The promotional material is fun, and I did enjoy the caper bit, plus it’s neat to remember those movie facts and make connections. Still, this one just didn’t pull me in the way I’d have liked.

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Content: Love Strikes Twice is on the “old school” Hallmark TV-G rating. There is some marital challenges, but nothing inappropriate or bothersome unless it bothers you that Maggie questions marriage, and the idea of wishing she were with someone else. There’s kissing, like usual.

Photos: Crown Media / Hallmark Channel

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