Cloudy with a Chance of Love (2015)
Full of plenty of adorable antidotes and lessons about being true to oneself, this title, a part of the “Countdown to Valentine’s Day” campaign is sure to brighten anyone’s day. This one is about Deb (Katie Leclerc), a serious academic who is competing for a grant to further her education in meteorology with a PH.D. She also takes her job as a radio meteorologist seriously. When a series of events leads her – or rather her on-air weather report, to catch the attention of news station director, Quentin (Michael Rady), Deb is temporarily hired as the TV station’s weather girl. For Deb, this is not who she wants to be. After all she is not a weather girl, she’s a meteorologist. But this new job gives her more exposure in her world of academia, though her life doesn’t set up with the same ease as her teleprompter weather reports do.
Anytime a new film airs on Hallmark, I tend to get excited (which you probably have figured out by now), but sometimes one seems to have the extra awesome factor that interests me. This film had a number of things about it that caught my eye not the least of which was its leading lady. Having seen Katie in Switched at Birth, I was excited at the prospect of seeing her in something completely different than a teen drama. As suspected, she does a fantastic job playing the role. But then Deb is hard not to like. Her quirky personality and “geeky” moments were priceless, which ensures (nearly) everyone will like her as a character. Then there was Quinten, who surprisingly was well suited to the role of leading man and for Deb than I initially expected. Plus, random movie trivia, the actor Michael Rady played Kostos in Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants.
The messages of keeping true to who you are as a person makes for a nice script, and offers chances for well-written and poignant moments. There is nothing wrong with change and sometimes it’s a good thing, but if that change makes a person different in terms of forgetting their friends or their moral compass, then there is need for pause. Deb never becomes unrecognizable and for the most part, any changes she is put through aren’t “bad,” but still she has to remember what it is she wants. Per their trademark, the film leads up to a happy ending only to unceremoniously end, this is more distracting than appreciated. Still, the script does give us a happy ending and that’s enough.
If you’re staying in and want something refreshing to tune in to, don’t miss the ray of sunshine that is Cloudy with a Chance of Love. In spite of a few flaws, they don’t flood the story and instead it winds up being a new favorite in the string of 2015 premieres.
Watch the premiere of Cloudy with a Chance of Love tonight, Sunday the 8th on Hallmark Channel. If you’re watching it, be sure to let me know what you are excited about or after you’ve seen it, stop in. We’ll chat. Until then, take a look at the promo video.