Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar? If you don’t get this reference, you should thank God you were never forced to hear that song in the 199o’s.
Never the less, there’s apparently a mystery about chocolate chip cookies starring Ryan Lavery (Cameron Mathison) from All My Children and more importantly Sami (Allison Sweeney) from Days of Our Lives. And I decided to review it, of course.
So Sami, whose name is Hannah here, is a small town bakery in a town that you know would never exist in America. Seriously, I’m currently living in what is considered a small town and it’s NOT this picturesque. More like aggravating in a lot of ways since it’s like an hour nearest to the nearest bookstore. Plus, people sort of have to work in small towns too. They don’t in this movie. Anyway, she has a knack of figuring out small town crimes. And then of course, someone is randomly murdered in town and-eek, murder mystery begins. Enter big city cop, Mike (Ryan Lavery) these too start out initially sort of hating each other, but only in the your the obvious love interest Hallmark type of way.
Sami was actually engaging.
No surprise there. When I tried to watch Days, she was one of the only characters that kept me interested the other being EJ. What do I say, I’m an ABC soap fan. Honestly, I wish GH would’ve stoled her because I think she would’ve been an awesome addition to the cast they have now.
Anyway, back to the movie. The story starts out with her as a small town baker. If you seen her on Days, you know this is a bit of a different role for her. So, it was nice seeing her play sort of the girl next door versus the bad girl. Of course, after the typical day of normal life a murder of a pretty much insignificant character appears and the story really starts.
For the most part, this one follows the stereotypical mystery romance. Ryan Lavery is the big city cop that comes in to help solve the case, Sami is the quirky bakery that gets involved in hijinks that annoy but later endure Ryan Lavery.
And yes, my eyes almost popped out of my head like half a dozen times.
There’s another love interest thrown in there that I just had to roll my eyes at because it was so obvious how this was going to play out. But still, I didn’t mind it that much.
At it’s best Murder She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Mystery, was your stereotypical cheesy Hallmark mystery I enjoyed it though, oddly enough. Unlike My Gal Sunday, Allison Sweeney really takes charge of the movie and she does play an engaging heroine. I would really like to see her in more things. This just showcased that she was one of daytime’s and Hallmark’s better actresses.
The plot though and Ryan Lavery, eh. While Ryan might’ve been pretty to look at and much more limited (thank God) than he was in My Gal Sunday, and I actually did like the chemistry between these two.
Shocking because except for Princess Gillian, I haven’t liked Ryan with anyone. I give props to Sami on that.
So, Ryan Lavery plays the love interest again. Groans. At least they casted him as a straight tight ass cop in this piece. I think if he’s portrayed as the straight man, it works better than him being more of the at ease character. Which is really weird because Ryan Lavery himself started out being a snarky character and when he was snarky, he was better than when he was sanctimonious. But I find in these movies, it’s better for him to play straight man. Also, it helps that there is no insta love in here either. So the swoonage is alright, not great, but develops as the movie goes along. And since there’s going to be a sequel, I’m totally okay with it.
OMG Lifetime/Hallmark Moment:
So many topes used here. But there was really no OMG moments. I say probably the biggest OMG to me was that a sequel to this one has been green-lighted and it’s going to be at Christmas time. Totes watching it.
Overall Rating: Although, it’s cheesy and there were parts where I cringed and went in the other room to unload the dishwasher, overall this one really worked. Solid B Hallmark, you deserve it. Or maybe I’ve just washed a lot of trash TV lately.