Moonlight in Vermont (2017) – A Refreshing RomCom about Finding Yourself (Without Losing Yourself)

Saturday, April 8, 2017

If there’s one constant playing on my TV screen that has become like a reliable friend, it’s the assurance that Hallmark Channel is going to enchant with its persistent line of originals. Tonight, their second “Spring Fling” premiere airs, and if you’re a fan of the network, it’s one you will not want to miss. (Trust me!)

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The story introduces us to the driven and successful real estate agent, Fiona (can we appreciate her fabulous name?) played by fan favorite Lacey Chabert. A city girl through and through, there’s a wall between sophisticated Fiona and her (now) country Inn owner father. But when her boyfriend unceremoniously dumps her, her best friend, Angela convinces Fiona they should head to Vermont to see her father and stepmother for a visit.

Things get off to a rocky start when Fiona meets the inn’s chef, Derek (Carlos Marks, Chesapeake Shores) and then, to add insult to injury, her ex, Nate (Jesse Moss) shows up. (With a new girlfriend on his arm!) Convinced its Nate she wants, Fiona “sells” Derek on the idea of playing her faux boyfriend for the week. But what starts as the sale of a dream she thought she wanted might actually be the start of something new.

With its familiar leading lady (an actress who got her start in Mean Girls, and is now loved as a romantic-comedy favorite on Hallmark), sweet script and home on the “Heart of TV” network, Moonlight in Vermont is another winning story. Though 'Moonlight' is comfortingly familiar in so many ways, it’s a joy to watch. (The laughter doesn’t stop.)

Perhaps what I loved best about this one (or maybe the two things I loved best) was that the ending is open to interpretation. Sure, it’s a happy one, but it can evolve into whatever you want it to be. One of my story “pet peeves,” if you will is when the city life is vilified. The contrast is nice, but the city doesn’t always have to be the “bad” thing keeping someone from enjoying life. In this example, there’s a possibility characters will still find bliss in their city life (with a renewed perspective on what’s really important) and also the option they found a new hearth and heart.

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The second thing I give kudos for is the lack of romantic drama. We all know the formula, which goes something like this. Boy and girl meet. Boy and girl like each other (or as his the case here, there’s more of a Darcy/Lizzie thing going on). Boy and girl fall in love. Boy and girl fight, and almost miss their shot at happiness. There’s none of that here. Instead, there’s a fun friendship and the start of something by the time the film rolls to its close. This and more makes Moonlight in Vermont as sweet as the maple syrup the locale is known for.

Catch the premiere of Moonlight in Vermont tonight (April 8) on Hallmark Channel. Let me know down below if you’ve seen this one, if you plan to or do tell, what are some of your favorite movies with Lacey Chabert. I’d love to chat.

Photos: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media


  1. This sounds like a great story line. Plus, I love the title! Although when I think Vermont, I picture Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye! ;) I'm like you, though, the lack of predictable formulaic romantic drama sounds like a plus. Great review.

    1. I love the title too, Amy - so swoony, right?? :) YES! Three cheers for a lack of predictability. On one hand, I love the "comfort" predictable things can provide. But on the other, sometimes stepping away from "too much" of the same is welcome.

      Aw, me too! Who doesn't think of Bing and Danny when you see/hear "Vermont"??? :)

  2. I believe I missed it but it sounds great. Hopefully I can catch it on a re-run if they have one. Romantic Funny Movies are my favorite.

    1. Hallmark loves to re-air their programs, Linda, so I do hope you catch this one. It's super sweet. :) Let me know what you think if you see it!

  3. I don't have cable so I don't watch TV, but I watched this movie on youtube and the audio cuts out in some of the most interesting spots. I really enjoyed this movie, however, I would love to know what was said by Derek and Fiona while they were dancing.

    1. It's SO cute, isn't it, Virginia! :) Really enjoyed this one.

      As it's been a while since I watched it, I cannot say what Derek said to Fiona in that scene. Sorry!

      Appreciate you stopping by to share your impressions.

    2. It's very cute, Rissi, and maybe I'll finally find out what was said. I found Carlo Marks on Facebook and asked to be friended. He's a phenomenal guy with a gift for memorizing and quoting scripts.


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