Yes, I’m still watching Hallmark movies even after Christmas. This time the endeavor is Love On Ice which involves figure skating and ex-Lulu from General Hospital. Thankfully, it was a lot more endearing than the last Hallmark movie I watched where that housewife found out that you shouldn’t have ambitions after Cindy Williams gave her a ridiculous AU that made me think she was really the devil.
At least if that was the case it would explain my ever lasting disgust for Laverne and Shirley-the fact that it is a Happy Days spinoff still does not help its case.
Anyway, this one involves a very old figure skater at the ancient age of 27-true fact, pretty sure the actress is older than 27 since I remember her being on General Hospital when I was like 16 and her character was already drinking on the show, but that’s besides the point. Anyway, she has fifteen million jobs yet still finds time to skate during the day. The reason she gave up…cue the tragic backstory of a mother getting some sort of incurable disease and a sibling or something.
Anyways, one of Emily’s students is so good that they’re getting her some big shot coach-Spencer- and of course he’s Hallmark cookie cutter perfect looking-cue instant romance.
Spencer is ridiculously young for a skating coach but apparently he’s super talented and somehow he spots Emily thinks she’s hot and wants her to help him with his and Emily’s former student. Spencer then learns that Emily is sort of like Ashley Wagner-gets better skating with age, unlike most people-and is like I want to coach her.
Though, I don’t know if this is why he really wants to coach her. I also think he sort of wants to make out with her, but that’s besides the point. Anyway, she goes through the process of deciding whether or not she wants to train again and of course she does. In the meantime Emily’s former student’s stage mother gets a wind of this and hires Emily’s ex coach to coach her daughter.
Of course, this causes complications which ends up having the bitchy ex-coach almost ruining Emily’s comeback and Emily’s relationship with Spencer.
I think this was probably the weakest part of the movie, because it was sort of the cliche thing that Hallmark does. Up until that point, I really liked it. But I will give the movie this, it didn’t dwell too long on that aspect.
The side characters in the movie, are all right for a Hallmark film. There’s one side romance with an older couple that was kind of cute and enjoyable. Some of them were more one dimensional than others, but it wasn’t terrible.
One big flaw was the skating sequences. Oh, you could tell that Hallmark didn’ t have a budget here to higher decent stunt doubles. Any major jumps were cut and the biggest things that you did see were the spins But whatever, it’s a Hallmark movie so that sort of thing is like expected.
Though, that ending. Really? I know you were in kind of a hard spot movie about not making the ending too cliche, but I think in this case with as much emphasis as how good the lead’s skating was I’d prefer the cliche ending.
Overall, as far as Hallmark movies go this one wasn’t too bad. I really did enjoy it. Maybe it was because I’m into figure skating and it was nice seeing some familiar faces, but overall this one was highly enjoyable.
Overall Rating: A B+