Eat, Play, Love - I suspect Hallmark's cupboard of original movie titles is just about fresh out. Eat, Play, Love is a 2017 romcom that serves to hammer home that the Hallmark factory falls in a snit should a writer go against formula. This movie triggered so many eye rolls that my eyeballs got stuck in the back of my skull.
Maybe some plot spoilers.
Last week Carly Monroe (Jen Lilley) moved back home to Long Lake, Minnesota. A veterinarian, she plans to take over her grandpa's veterinary practice once he retires. For now, she's happy to work there and volunteer her services at the Forever Friends dog rescue center. Now, usually, with movies like this, odds are that the vet practice or the dog rescue center would be on the verge of being shut down for whatever reason. Gratifyingly, this ain't the case with either.
In fact, the dog shelter is prospering, courtesy of a television star who shoots a weekly segment on the news that spotlights dogs in need of adoption. It's a popular segment and the television star, Kristi Waters (Emily Maddison), comes across as sunny and sweet, never mind that, behind the scenes, her nickname is the Queen of Mean. Once the camera quits rolling, Kristi Waters stops being a dog lover.
Kristi goes steady with Dan "the Dog Man" Landis (Jason Cermak), the proprietor of the Forever Friends dog rescue center. This is unsatisfactory news for our girl Carly who harbors feelings for Dan. They used to be high school sweethearts.
Worse news: Kristi just got the nod for a New York gig as a field reporter. And since she and Dan have just gotten engaged, the plan is for them to move to New York at the end of the month.
I'll say it: the two leads, Lilley - whom I usually like very much - and Cermak, put in some tepid work, and they don't ignite much of a spark between them. The most vibrant personality actually belongs to the actress who plays Michelle (Lucie Guest), Dan's meddlesome sister. Also, her eyes are stunning. It's mostly thanks to Michelle that the ball gets rolling. Else, Carly and Dan would've just sat there like lumps.
Enough said about Carly and the Dog Man. Their romance is given the cringy treatment, rife with embarassing makeovers and long walks in which the pair painfully pussyfoot about their true feelings. The most complimentary thing I can say about them is that they are affable performers. What I came for, I had to wait until 42 minutes in. It's when Lee Majors and Lindsay Wagner finally start sharing screen time. Majors plays Carly's grandpa. Wagner plays Mrs. Rita Gilbert with whom Dan - who is also nicknamed the Canine Connector - was having trouble matching the appropriate dog. I dunno if Majors and Wagner still have "it." But I still get the fuzzy feels when I see them together, and I hearken back to when Lindsay was guest-starring on the Six Million Dollar Man.
Watch the meddling sister go to work. Never mind that she's good friends with Carly and she knows that Carly cares for her brother, she's motivated even more because her brother's moving means that she can't pursue her dream of going to cosmetology school. But she better not catch a glimpse of Dan's phone of which caller ID registers her as "Michelle Landis," instead of, say, just "Michelle" or even "Sis." It's the kind of weird note that emphasizes how much lazy was put into this movie. 2.5 out of 5 stars for this one.
The h and H were high school sweethearts. The h returns home to run a family vet practice. The H is still in town and runs a dog shelter. He is not engaged to a mean woman who is his complete opposite. She is not a dog lover and wants to leave town to pursue a career in NY. The h still has feelings for the H. The H's sister tries to get them back together.
I didn't think much of either character or the storyline. The two main characters didn't seem to have much chemistry or screen time together. The H was with his fiancée most of the time and his character didn't appear very smart if he got himself engaged to such a two faced mean woman. They didn't break up till the very end and that was when he found out that she lied about a position that he was suppose to get in NY.