Based on a novel of the same name, this drama film aired on the ‘Movies and Mysteries’ side of Hallmark and wades into some deeper emotions like loss.
Groundswell (2022) Hallmark TV Film Review
Leaving behind her life in Georgia as a rising, but underappreciated chef, Emma (Lacey Chabert) leaves behind her promising on paper life. She heads to Hawaii where her aunt lives in the hopes of taking a break and reevaluating everything in her life. She may even get back up on a surfboard.
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This is how she meets Ben (Ektor Rivera), an ex-surfboard instructor who holds tightly to secrets of his own…
If I had to guess, I’d assume this is one of the rare ‘Movies & Mysteries’ titles on the drama end that did quite well. This is because Lacey Chabert is one of Hallmark’s most loved stars. The film doesn’t work for me because of two reasons. The primary of which is, I don’t think the acting is that good. I’m not sure if it was something to do with the actual shoot or if the actors didn’t work well together or what, but I think this was a step down from most Hallmark movie acting. Secondly, the emotion of the film didn’t feel genuine. Another thing I attribute to, in part, the acting.
Based on the novel by Katie Lee, this is a script that, from a cursory reading of the book’s synopsis, seems to be very different. The book is about film stars and California. Whereas this uses restaurateurs as the backdrop. The cook off seems boring but the scenery and Hawaiian setting is gorgeous. The surfing, while using stunt doubles, is pretty and of course, ties into emotional aspects of the film. While not something I enjoyed in a memorable way or would consider a favorite from the network, I am 99% sure, fans of Lacey will enjoy this.
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Content: there is a same sex relationship. We see them no more than once or twice together on screen, and one of them talks about how they met briefly. There’s 2-3 kisses.
Photos: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media