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I Do, I Do, I Do (2015)



Successful with a type A personality – one that requires “safety,” architect Jaclyn Palmer (Autumn Reeser) has just finished her biggest project yet; a children’s hospital ward expansion. For a year now, Jaclyn has been dating a respected doctor, who is also a best-selling author obsessed with health. Today, Peter (Antonio Cupo) has decided to surprise Jaclyn and propose. His plan? They’ll be married on Valentine’s Day… one week from now. Thrust into a whirlwind of planning and putting together a wedding that is over-the-top and all planned by her soon to be mother-in-law, certainly nothing like Jaclyn’s dream. Then she meets Peter's younger brother Max (Shawn Roberts) and one kiss later, things get complicated. To make matters worse, Jaclyn wakes up the day after her wedding to relive the day again… over and over again. 

Ironically of the three films premiering on Hallmark this weekend, this was the one I was least interested in. On a whim, I decided to see what it was all about and oh my cuteness! Cue the surprises. The whole Groundhog Day premise wore off its charm a long time ago for this girl’s movie-loving interests. This is the reason why I was skeptical and figured skipping this one was best. Whatever the writers and actors did to ensure there was a certain charm retained in the script, it worked. The film breathes some fresh life into the plot and while there isn’t necessarily anything “new” about its sequence of events, it somehow tells a story that is delightful to watch.  

Marketed not just as a “Countdown to Valentine’s Day” original, this one also had the opportunity to give us a reunion of its stars (Autumn, Antonio and Ali). Originally the trio starred together in Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade, this film doesn’t just put familiar faces together it also recreates the story in some respects. Autumn’s character is very similar to that of Love at the Thanksgiving Parade and she’s one half of a relationship that doesn’t seem to appreciate her or take the time to listen to what she wants. The two stories separate from there. The characters are fabulous fun to hang out with – particularly Kate, Jaclyn’s sister, who is hilarious – and despite the potential for repetitiveness, the film flowed nicely giving us new scenes and moments to fall in love with (those beach shore scenes are the sweetest, right!?).  


Given it’s unexpected sequence of events (well until Jaclyn meets a certain someone, it’s unexpected) and the way the story fell, it’s safe to say, I Do, I Do, I Do took me by surprise. Pleasantly so. Those kinds of films are my favorite and I’m glad to have gotten the chance to enjoy this film. If you like the Hallmark programming or the cast, be sure to make a date with this romance.  

Premiering tonight, February 6th on Hallmark Channel.

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  1. I'm watching this right now. It's actually a really cool and original premise. And it's funny :)

    walking in the air.

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    1. I agree, Hannah. This one WAS funny. Felt a bit too much like some other films I've seen, but they made it "fresh," which I loved. Hope you liked the rest of the film. :)

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  2. Great review, Rissi! While the movie was very sweet, I just didn't like Autumn & Antonio's characters not getting together in the end. I guess it didn't feel right, to me, since I love "Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade" so much! :)

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    1. I get that, Net! I expected them to get together too (I hadn't read about the brother being part of the plot or brushed it aside if I did). To be honest, I didn't mind. Probably because it took me by surprise and sometimes that's just what I look for in a movie. :)

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  3. I really hope Colbie Caillat's song is in this... haha

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    1. LOL, not that I recall. Though it totally should have been. ;)

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  4. I have to admit, what I loved most about this movie was the scene at the beginning where she gets lost in the forest. But it was overall a sweet movie! I haven't seen "love at the thanksgiving day parade". Noting it down for later :)
    Tell the World

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    1. Yes! That scene was darling! I really liked Autumn and her co-star together in this scene and throughout the rest of the film, too. Hope you enjoy 'Thanksgiving.' It was all kinds of cute. :)

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