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Has potential, but falls flat...
on May 9, 2017
I am stunned at the high marks for this movie on Amazon reviews. I am an experienced movie reviewer and this one is dreadful. I like clean romances, so I was anxious to see it, but it was a big disappointment. The first problem, not directly related to the film, is that Amazon puts the ending on the front cover of their DVD's which drives me crazy. In terms of the movie itself, the acting is awful...even gagging at times. I guess this is classic Hallmark standards, but I've seen several Hallmark movies where the acting is very good ("The magic of Ordinary Days" or "The Love Letter"). But in this one, Laughlin is fake perfect, unrealistically smiling all the time. Messner isn't too bad, but needs some work...and he is not a baseball pro. Watch how he throws the ball! The kid needs acting help, though he tried, and Stephanie Powers gave a sub par performance. The military acting was unrealistic, for the most part, as well. The plot has little suspense to it as you know how it will end from early on. I must qualify that the plot had potential if the acting was better. The movie summary talks about it being a faith-based movie, but the Christian impact was minimal and very shallow, and, of course, the name of Jesus is outlawed. This was a low budget movie...you get what you pay for. I appreciate the clean angle, but it couldn't bail out this one. I give it a 2.1.