The Convenient Groom (2016)
It’s no secret that I’m a sap for cute Hallmark Channel movies. I become all the more invested in them when I learn they are inspired by the fiction written by one of my (most) favorite inspirational authors, Denise Hunter. Such is the case with tonight’s Hallmark Channel premiere of The Convenient Groom; a snappy little romance that’s akin to a bright ray of sunshine.
Dr. Kate Lawrence (Vanessa Marcil) has a theory. If, on a first date (which happens to be at a coffee house), a man orders anything fancier than a plain black coffee, the woman should “just say no.” In fact this has become Kate’s platform phrase. As a popular blogger and psychiatrist, Kate is an expert on love. She’s even snagged herself the perfect guy and is about to go public with their engagement when Bryan dumps Kate. With cameras and a crowd awaiting her, Kate prepares to tell the truth with her childhood friend, Lucas Wright (David Sutcliffe) sweeps in and pretends to be her fiancé.
Complications arise as the pair navigates on-camera romantics for Kate’s blog, deal with Lucas’ family all while sorting through their faux engagement and the feelings it inspires in themselves.
As with every Hallmark Channel movie, this story is absolutely adorable. Much to my shame (and I call myself a fan!), I’ve not read this novel by Denise, but have heard it’s one of her first-class best. Still, even at that, I do know about the novel, and the writers took liberties with this story. Here’s a quick book vs. script rundown. Book: Kate’s fiancé dumps her on their wedding day. Script: Brian breaks up with Kate at their public engagement party. Book: Lucas marries Kate. Script: Lucas plays Kate’s fiancé for the benefit of her career. Likely there are other inconsistencies as well, but those two are the most obvious to pull out.
The timelines also moved at too great a pace early on (in my opinion), but once Lucas and Kate settle into their ruse, things slow to an easier and more natural pacing allowing the characters to "breath." With those minor notations aside, let’s talk about the good. Everything about this telefilm is charming. But what I loved most was the cast. First I must address the obvious which is RORY GILMORE’s father, David Sutcliffe co-stars in this! How cool is that? Yes, Christopher (whom I detest with much joyful glee, I should add), from Gilmore Girls earns leading man status in this. Happily he erased all such reservations with this fabulous role as Mr. Wright. I absolutely adored Vanessa and David’s witty banter. They seemed to play off each other really well which serve the story wonderfully.
This is the only film I’ve seen in Hallmark current “June Weddings” campaign. As good as it is, I’m sad I didn’t see more if this is the style some of the others have taken. The story is as romantic as it is endearing. Seeing Lucas’ family play a role was a nice addition as was the little idiosyncrasies like Kate eating un-ripened fruit. Bottom line, you simply need to watch this one. Especially true if you are looking for a romance that crackles with a wholesome kind of chemistry that is a lost art.
The Convenient Groom airs tonight on Hallmark Channel! Don’t miss it.
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