My Boyfriends' Dogs (2014)
Even though the concept of Hallmark’s productions is consistently the same (I’m not complaining mind you, since I adore what the network offers us) – family-friendly, the boy-meets-girl comingled with the "perfect" meet-cute (and on the list could go), they do come up with some scripts that have a “twist” and this latest original is based off a book.
On this wet, rainy night Bailey (Erika Christensen) is the picture of what it means to have “cold feet.” Or that is how she appears to the folks inside the diner where she takes refuge on that cold night, entering the diner with three dogs in tow – and she’s all dressed up in a wedding gown, no less. There, with the gentle prompting of the long-married owners she recounts how she arrived at this point in her life and how she wound up the owner of the dogs... from her three boyfriends (Jesse Hutch, Jeremy Guilbaut, Oliver Rice).
I do have to confess, this film wasn’t the same kind of favorite as titles such as How to Fall in Love or some of the Christmas programming from Hallmark. There are others in this line of original movies that held my attention more readily or I enjoyed the quick banter of the cast and chemistry better. However this film is still cute in its own way for one of those cozy Saturday evenings in, it’s ideal. The flashbacks were – much to my surprise, more seamless and easy to watch, breaking in and out of past vs. present nicely. Most of the time, this aspect is tough to conquer or at the very least not the most pleasant to watch, but this film does it nicely. Overall, for me, the script isn’t as convincing as even some of the previous titles I have seen from this same network, enjoyed and have subsequently purchased. Something was missing from this story that most of Hallmark’s movies have – what I cannot put my finger on, but a definite “spark” was absent. Maybe it was the awkwardness with the character and their respective scenes, which is often full of “cheesy” excuses from them (as characters) or characters (aside from the heroine), who don’t seem genuine, and are thus difficult to take seriously.
Also something of an annoyance was the scope of the story. It just wasn’t offset by enough time or realism to make the idea and ultimate ending plausible. The idea is cute enough, but in the limited time box of 80+ minutes, the film isn’t given the right kind of time or attention to “feel” acceptable – and as mentioned, that ending doesn’t help. That being said, please don’t just take one opinion as the only one. I did still enjoy My Boyfriends’ Dogs – I promise I really did, and definitely had some laughs from the story. Plus, I’d wager animal lovers will adore the four-legged stars of the film.
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Catch the premiere of My Boyfriends’ Dogs tonight on Hallmark Channel at 8/7c.; until then, have a look at the promo trailer.