📸: Hallmark Gold Crown
I give this movie 7 out of 10 vomits
🟢 Plot 🟢
A small-town cook impersonates his big city chef twin to compete in a culinary contest and falls for the woman in charge of the event, who thinks he is the brother who is married.
🟢 The Stars 🟢
Jeremy Jordan – Josh and Julian (Married)
Jessica Lowndes – Meg
Callum Blue – Henri
🟢 Non Spoiler Review 🟢
When I found out that Hallmark representatives came out and said that this movie would be the first movie with gay lead characters I was stoked. I was happy to find out that Hallmark was going to give a gay character the lead! . . . Then I saw the movie 😔 To me I felt they were not in the forefront of the story. I loved that there was a gay couple, but I really do wish that the gay couple were more in the spotlight. I want the day to come where we don’t have to cheer when there is a gay couple on the screen. That it will just be then norm to see them as leads in a movie.
Quick side note. Josh reminded me a lot of Luke Danes from Gilmore Girls 😂 Not in the comedy sense, but the way they dressed him.
Ok. So their chemistry wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. I understand that Josh is pretending to be Julian who is gay and married, so it should be awkward, but it was extremely awkward. I guess it should be awkward? I was really hoping that Josh (who is being Julian) and Meg would develop for of a natural friendship feel, but it never got there. With Josh pretending to be gay and married it never quite got to that friendship level that is believable. Honestly I think this is because of the storyline. I wanted it to be more like when there are two close friends, but one doesn’t know the other one is in love with them.
I feel Jeremy had better chemistry with Callum than he did with Jessica. Since the chemistry between Jeremy and Callum were better it makes me feel Hallmark should have focused the romance on those two.
There were other things that did not sit well with me. I wasn’t a HUGE fan of Julian goes around saying French words to make himself look good. I didn’t like this too much because it did not come out naturally. It all just felt a bit too fake to me.
Also, I was not a fan of the storyline of Josh and Meg falling for each other. It is just a weird concept for me because Meg knows that Julian is gay and happily married, but she does not mind getting close to him and having those cute romantic moments? It made me cringe because how could she be ok with flirting with him knowing he is married?
The movie overall is not THAT bad. I will say that the previews for this movie does not do it justice. I personally think the gay couple was represented in a nice light, but like I said before I do feel they were more in the background.
🟢 Watch or Don’t Watch? 🟢
Since it wasn’t too bad of a movie I say go ahead and watch it!
🔴 Spoilers 🔴
Here are some things that I was saying out loud when I was watching the movie 😅
- When Julian and Josh were talking to each other, HOW THE HECK DID THEY NOT SEE THAT FRENCH GUY BEHIND THE BUSH?! He was EASILY visible. He did not even try to hide behind the bushes!
- The way Julian was out of the contest was pretty ridiculous. When he picked up the luggage it didn’t even look that bad. I know this happens to people in real life, but I just felt Julian didn’t sell it enough for me.
- I was wondering how they were going to keep Julian from entering back into the contest. When they introduced the wrist band I did roll my eyes a little. They couldn’t come up with something else? They should of just had Julian really throw out his back.
- Meg always asking Julian (Josh) to help her with her problems felt a little silly to me. If you are the one who is putting on the event you would already have everything you needed and already done your homework and talked to professionals. Not ask a contestant of the cooking competition when it is about to begin.