Okay, first of all this Hallmark movie is actually based off a book. I didn’t know it at the time I watched it (at three a.m. after a long day of bar studying way back in January). All I knew was that it featured Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Ryan Paevey of General Hospital fame (okay, that might be pushing it to far, everyone just knows his character (Nate) as the guy who has his shirt off for most of the episode-wait theirs a lot of guys that do that). Regardless because of the dogs AND Mr. Darcy I had to tape this.
I think before we start this great analysis of this oh so wonderful movie, I need to address the Mr. Darcy phenomenon. It seems like these days a lot of persons put a Mr. Darcy label on their character in order to make it considered sexy.
Honestly, the side effects of these can vary. I really don’t understand the stark raving that Mr. Darcy is the sexiest beast in the universe appeal. he’s okay. And I did enjoy the Colin Firth version, but putting a label on some drip to give him attractiveness points.
That being said Ryan Paevey is pretty to look at so I guess he didn’t really need the Mr. Darcy label to begin with.
Dog show handler/teacher Lizzy gets canned after the rich brat she’s teaching complains to daddy and gets hired by her mother’s friend to take care of her terriers and get them ready for Westminster or its Hallmark version of Westminster. In addition to being allowed to take her super cute Cavalier (Bliss) with her, she also has a cantankerous soap opera actor turned rich tycoon/dog show judge Mr. Darcy living right across the street (note, the actor not the character is a soap opera actor).
Think a very, very, loose retelling of Pride and Prejudice meaning just too singletons who don’t get along but later find themselves passionately and hopelessly in love fall in love together with their cute dogs.
The best part of this movie was the dogs, despite the fact that Hallamark was trying to capatalize what General Hospital has been doing with Ryan Paevey since they hired him (get him without his shirt on).
The romance itself was very blah to say the least. I didn’t really get the attraction between these two other than cute puppies and the fact that Lizzy’s rich friend and Darcy’s sister kept trying to throw them together. And we were suppose to root for them because Darcy had an evil quasi girlfriend (who wasn’t related to Bingley) and Aunt Catherine hated Lizzy.
I just rolled my eyes at this.
Otherwise, it wasn’t very Pride and Prejudice-y.
While there was a Jane, the Bingley subplot was basically zero. There was not Lydia, no Wickham, no Mr. Collins, and there was no lake scene.
I wanted to see Ryan Paevey drive into a lake a la Colin Firth.
That scene will never get old, I tell you.
The important question is do the cute dogs make up for the lack of a lake scene.
That is difficult to say, but the dogs at least made it tolerable. And I guess that was something.
Ryan Paevey is good eye candy as always. And to be fair, his character here has a little bit more substance than his General Hospital character, but that really doesn’t say much since his character on General Hospital
OMG Hallmark Moment:
The whole firing scene. Seriously, that in itself was a lawsuit in the making and just plain embarrassing on Hallmark’s part for writing such drivel.
Dean Cain Rating
I liked this one in the embarrassing way you’ll accidentally end up binging on Fuller House even though it is the worst show in the world. I kept it on my DVR for nights of insomnia because cute dogeys and Ryan Pavey.
I am really easy to please.
Overall Rating: Six out of ten Dean Cains.