All Things Valentine (2016) - Advice vs Adversaries Collide in this Romance
Chick flicks of the romantic variety are catnip at my house. My mother and I seem to (maybe a little too often – or is there such a thing?) indulge in them frequently though none are more enjoyed than those we discover on the Hallmark Channel.
Working with a kind of mask in place as an advice columnist has provided a sort of safety net for Avery (Sarah Rafferty). Like today, after having her heart broken in the worst possible way, on the worst possible day (Valentine’s Day), she advises one of her readers to move on. The guy she’s dating isn’t likely to be Mr. Right. This all changes when Avery is tasked with writing a series of columns on “All Things Valentine.” One of the poster’s on her columns takes issue with Avery’s idea of "advice." As she tries to ignore the skeptic, she meets the charming Brendan Bates (Sam Page), a veterinarian who has just broken up with his girlfriend.
As the two navigate the start of something new, they navigate around their shared wariness of Valentine’s Day while discovering they both have things to learn – about themselves and each other.
TV MOVIE REVIEW | Dater’s Handbook (2016)Seeing a new movie premiere on this channel is always a treat by itself but when it features an actress I like, that’s icing on the cake. All Things Valentine has Sarah Rafferty from the entertaining USA Network show Suits. On it, she plays a confident career woman named Donna who knows everything (believe me, she virtually does). On this, her role isn’t so different except unlike Donna she’s more of an emotional wreck. Not only did I enjoy Sarah in this role, Sam and her play off each other well, and we get to see the familiar face of Kimberley Sustad (Nine Lives of Christmas) and Jeremy Guilbaut (My Boyfriends Dogs).
Though the scripting isn’t as sharp as its sister premiere Dater’s Handbook, ‘Valentine’ is still a charming bit of chick flick charm. The sweet story cues and development between Avery and Brendan will make you smile big throughout and of course, the subplots are also good old-fashioned fun. When it all comes down to it, naturally I give this new flick two thumbs up. It’s all the things a charmer of a valentine story should be. And then some.