Love on the Sidelines (2016) - A Witty Romantic Comedy About Opposites
Immediately following their successful “Countdown to Christmas” campaign, Hallmark Channel launched a “Winterfest” that was set to feature four new original films. This is the third in that line up, and just as it was meant to it coincides perfectly with the time of year we’re at.
As one of the NFL’s most revered quarterbacks, Danny Ingram (John Reardon) is more than a little dissatisfied when he has to watch his teammates every Sunday from the sidelines. Injuring his foot isn’t ideal for any player yet for Danny it causes him to be more surly than usual.
Enter Laurel (Emily Kinney). Struggling in her passion for fashion design, Laurel needs work – and fast! Thanks to the arrival of a new roommate, she finds an unexpected job as a personal assistant. Her client is Danny Ingram and from the start, their professional partnership is doomed. Danny is more comfortable with a male assistant having practically lived in the locker room for his formidable years, which means Laurel’s knock on his door is anything but welcome. To make matters worse, she knows next to nothing about the game Danny is so committed to.
My go-to “chick flick channel” has done it again. As the first 2016 original I tuned into, I was immediately swept up in the sweet romance and characters this script gives a viewer. Being the type of girl that I am, I related to Laurel a great deal (although I am versed on the sport considering I have family who are football fanatics) and the humorous ways the script shows her ignorance is sure to garner some giggles.
Keeping up with its many predecessors, the cast has a nice, easy-going chemistry that made watching this a breezy rom-com kind of experience. Emily was a new face to me though some of you will likely know her from the popular zombie survival show, The Walking Dead and some will recognize a familiar face in leading man, John Reardon. He co-starred in 2014’s The Christmas Secret (a favorite from the year), making seeing him in another leading man role entertaining – not to mention, playing the role very well.
Those who are looking for a cozy night in kind of chick flick should look no further than Love on the Sidelines. It’s a snazzy little opposites attract in a fashion vs. football kind of match up. There are some nice moments, a few swoon-y bits of cuteness and plenty of football thrown in to round out the clashing personalities. Those of us who have no loyalty to watching Saturday’s playoffs just might find something more to our living in this romantic-comedy; it’s a winner in this girls playbook.
Catch the premiere of Love on the Sidelines tonight on Hallmark Channel, and be sure to let me know what you’re anticipating of, or what you thought of tonight’s latest addition to the Hallmark vault. Until then, have a peek at the movie’s promotional video.