“Sweet Carolina” – Hallmark Movie Review

📸: Hallmark Gold Crown

I give this movie 6 out of 10 vomits

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🟢 Plot 🟢

Marketing executive, Josie, returns home when she becomes the unexpected guardian of her niece and nephew. While there, she reconnects with Cooper, her high school boyfriend

🟢 The Stars 🟢

Lacey Chabert – Josie

Tyler Hynes – Cooper

Gregory Harrison – Pete

Teryl Rothery – Kate

🟢 Non Spoiler Spew 🟢

Ok. I will be real. I cried in the beginning of this movie. The thought of losing a sibling is hard to wrap my head around. Normally I don’t cry, but Lacey sold it.

The Meeting of Our Future Couple

Josie and Cooper bump into each other outside of Josie’s sisters house. This was after the church funeral.

Writing

The story was pretty unique in my opinion. I personally have not seen a Hallmark movie with this storyline. I was a HUGE fan of Tyler Hyne’s character. In EVERY movie I have seen him in he is always written as a jerk. There was one movie where he was an accountant and he was not a jerk and he was wonderful in that movie as well. Anyway, I truly appreciate the writers giving Cooper a great personality that is not snarky or jerky or mean. All the other characters were written pretty good as well. I liked Josie’s character. She seemed relatable. The ones I had problems with were Josie’s parents and Josie’s niece and nephew. I did not like them because they were written as they were SUPER closed off. I understand the story is different and losing a loved one is hard, so I get why the kids were annoying, but I did not get why the parents were (more so the Dad).

Chemistry

Even though I am wishy washy on the movie itself. One thing I can say for sure was that I really liked the cast. They were all wonderful together. It truly felt like they were a real family. There was such an ease to all of them when they were acting together.

Not only did the main family have good chemistry, but so did the actors playing the two high school friends. It felt like they were all great friends and this was like a high school reunion. So to me they played they parts perfectly. Nothing felt fake or forced or awkward.

Lastly, Lacy and Tyler were wonderful together. You really get the sense that they were wonderful friends in high school and there are no hard feelings. Lacey and Tyler, like the rest of the actors, looked relaxed together. Everything felt very organic.

Likes

I liked that this story focused on losing a family member. In this movie not everything is sunshine and rainbows like Hallmark normally is. So I appreciated that this one things were different. That everyone was having a hard time adjusting and taking the time that is needed to grieve a loved one. The effort they made was nice.

Dislikes

Poor Peter Benson. He is ALWAYS the boyfriend that Hallmark uses to get rid of. I honestly don’t think I have ever seen him as a lead in a Hallmark movie.

The kids in this movie can get pretty annoying. I understand they are going through something no kid should ever go through. And I know these emotions are realistic, but I still don’t like it. It really does bother me when kids are mean when the people around them are just trying to help.

There is a scene where Cooper (who is a basketball coach), during a basketball game is coaching while sitting down. Like what the actual heck? No coach coaches while sitting down. That bothered me a lot more than I thought it would 😅

🟢 Watch or Don’t Watch? 🟢

This movie is not full of romance like we are used to, this movie does have a very real theme to it. So I can see why some people will think it is lackluster. If you want to see a different type of Hallmark then you should really watch this movie.

 

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