January 5, 2015

movie monday: 'surprised by love'

Blogger's Note: It's no secret I devote much of December to following the latest (and past-time favorite) Hallmark movies. So I was thrilled to learn the channel would count down to Valentine's Day with a new movie each weekend leading up to the holiday. Naturally, I couldn't resist watching, live-tweeting, and ultimately blogging about my take on each new flick.

Surprised by Love
Original air date: Jan. 3
Starring Hilarie Burton, Paul Campbell, and Tim Conway
Josie Mayfield, a no-nonsense businesswoman working at her father’s successful cookware company, thinks her boyfriend Richard is the perfect man – handsome, successful and driven. The problem is that Josie’s parents, Joseph and Claire, do not agree. When Josie meets up with Gridley, an underachieving, old high school flame (who still has a crush on Josie), Richard dreams up a plan to make himself look good to Josie’s parents: Gridley will be Josie’s date at Joseph and Claire’s upcoming anniversary party. When Joseph and Claire see Josie with a “loser,” they’ll give anything to have Richard back in the picture. At least, that’s the plan. 
Over the anniversary party weekend, the plan goes awry in every way, and Josie must decide which direction her life – romantic and otherwise – is going to take.

With the last few glasses of champagne leftover from New Year's Eve, my sister and I curled up in front of the TV on Saturday night for the first of Hallmark's new romantic movies, Surprised by Love. Starring a female and male lead from movies of Hallmark Christmas past and a solid trailer, I went into this movie expecting to laugh a lot. And I wasn't disappointed.

I was instantly drawn to Josie who, though super Type A, is pretty nice at heart. She's driven, wants what's best for the people she cares about, and has a little warmth about her. Her boyfriend Richard was suitably irritating, which made the introduction of Gridley all the more welcome. Playing their parts well, I believed they were old school friends who were able to quickly reconnect like no time had passed. (I'm a total sucker for those kinds of movies.)

The first few minutes of the movie did set me down a quick path of wishful thinking for things that will probably never come to be...

But there's no harm in dreaming, ey?

Perhaps my favorite part of watching this movie was the fact that my little sister (rolls her eyes and silently judges me while I watch Hallmark movies) actually smiled and laughed. She actually engaged with this story in a positive way.

When I mentioned that fact to her, she acknowledged that this had a good story. We also both agreed that Paul Campbell's character was hilarious and made the movie enjoyable.

I also particularly liked the part Josie's grandfather played in the movie. He added even more laughs than Gridley alone.

All in all, this was a fast-paced, fun, and enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours. And like Sarah said, it's probably one of the better Hallmark movies I've seen.

Did any of you catch Surprised by Love? What were your thoughts?

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  1. I really enjoyed Surprised by Love too! And, like you, I'm super stoked that there will be a countdown to Valentine's Day too :)

  2. I finally watched this and found Josie/Gridley a really enjoyable pairing. I liked Josie's little sis, too. I wanted to slap the mom, though . . . HARD! She was so hateful to everyone for the better part of the movie, and I wasn't sure I bought her sudden turnaround in the end. Oh, and I thought Josie had a pretty cool job at her parents' company. Not sure what else she planned to do that would have been better.