Hearts Down Under

A busy chaotic weekend almost made me miss “Hearts Down Under.” But have no fear, dear Hallmark friends. I watched it. Let’s get after it.

We begin with a very…unmodern cooking prep montage. Our lead, Caroline, is a no-nonsense, busy business woman chef. Her…mom? Or boss is wearing a GIGANTIC flower on her dress. I honestly don’t hate it. Caroline is also an extreme micromanager. She is prepping an engagement dessert and only she knows how to do it. She takes the plate from presumably her sous chef Molly and does it herself. PS the music is WILD. Like very 90s New York type show music. The whole staff creeps from behind a wall like they’ve never seen an engagement happen at a restaurant. Caroline is only bummed that the newly engaged woman didn’t appreciate the dessert after her boyfriend JUST proposed. She doesn’t have TIME for ROMANCE OKAY?

Oh, good. Caroline’s mom opens some random piece of mail to discover that Caroline has INHERITED a café in Australia from a long lost aunt. They didn’t even go to her funeral. She hasn’t seen her since she was 10. Her mom talks her in to making a trip down to check out the café. YOU GUYS. This aunt had no one to give this to? Or any plans to make sure that the café would be able to continue to operate after her death? Honestly.

Then, Nathaniel stops by. This is Caroline’s former fiancé. He makes some kind of snippy comment about the restaurant actually doing well. So now we get a back story. He wasn’t supportive earlier but now I guess he is because things are going so well for Caroline. He wants to get back together. She suggests they catch up when she gets back from Australia. He looks to be a solid decade older than her, or am I off? Also, what is that restaurant called? Labratorie? Does NOT sound appetizing.

Anyway, Caroline makes it to Australia. I guess her mom isn’t coming with her. She is greeted by a VERY GOOD PUP. She talks to the dog for a really long time. Then Simon, the owner of the house, creeps up from behind her and introduces himself. Caroline is vague about her intentions for being in Australia.

Guys this MUSIC. It is so wild. I hardly ever notice the music in these movies but I can’t handle this. Caroline pulls out a paper map but just then realizes that the café is right across the street. It is open and busy. None of the workers know who she is and she just wanders around surveying the place. She sits down and a waitress, Beth comes over to take her order. She keeps saying Australian slang like Caroline will finally understand what she’s talking about. Caroline essentially gets one of everything and takes notes. She doesn’t tell anyone what she’s up to. What’s the end game here? Caroline has notes on EVERYTHING. Simon walks up and she tells him all the problems with the menu items. Turns out, HE is the cook at this restaurant. So that is awkward.

Back at home, “Dale” arrives to talk to Caroline, presumably about the restaurant. He is maybe the executor of Doreen’s estate? Or manager of her finances? I’m not sure. Dale says that Caroline’s aunt Doreen talked about her ALL the time. How is that possible if they hadn’t seen each other in over 20 years ago? If that’s true, and Caroline and her mom couldn’t be bothered to ever see this woman in DECADES, what is going on.

Dale talks to her about potential buyers. Their best option is someone who wants to turn it into a race car themed restaurant. No talk about prices or anything. Dale gives her the run down of all the problems with the restaurant. It needs a new roof, namely. She seemingly needs to be there for all of that. I can’t imagine why.

She video chats her mom, who is dressed fabulously again. Caroline tells her about the buyer. She doesn’t see how she could run both restaurants. I mean, I guess that’s fair. Oh and Nathaniel is sniffing around again. Caroline tries to micromanage the restaurant from Australia.

Dale and Caroline stop by the restaurant to tell the staff about the sale. Dale seems to like the head server, Marla. She tells them that she is selling the place. Marla is like, do you really think Doreen would have wanted that? And honestly, Doreen probably should not have surprised Caroline with the burden of a restaurant in her WILL. It is not the gift Doreen thinks it is. Especially a relative who lives all the way across the world that she hasn’t spoken to about this at all.

Meanwhile the restaurant staff panics. Rightly so! Doreen and her family are kind of screwing over all of these people by not having a plan in place for this restaurant.

Caroline chats on the phone with a couple of bags of groceries. Simon happens to be swimming midday at the beach. He notices Caroline. Simon offers to show her some of Doreen’s recipes. Simon mentions Doreen’s dream. Guys. If her DREAM was for Caroline to move to Australia and take over this little café after not seeing her for over 20 years then Doreen is insane.

Anyway, Simon seems to know how to do ALL the repairs around the restaurant so he is going to do it. Why doesn’t he do it in exchange for owning the restaurant? He asks her to meet him at 4 AM the next day.

She shows up in her little chef’s outfit but Simon arrives with fishing poles. She gets to carry them now. They head to a boardwalk and Caroline has wisely ditched the chef’s outfit. It is now fully daylight and Simon has finally offered Caroline coffee. What is Caroline’s hounds tooth pant situation? Would you even want to cook in those?

Caroline catches a fish so she and Simon have a MOMENT while they try and reel it in. Caroline has caught…a HAT. How did that bend the rod like that? Caroline the good sport takes a picture of her first catch.

Well, those two bozos must have caught enough fish for the restaurant and they do some taste testing in the kitchen. Caroline messes with his seasoning. Marla thinks Simon is up to something to save the restaurant. He says he isn’t. BUT HE DEFINITELY IS RIGHT?

Caroline learns that Beth kind of likes to cook too. Them Simon realizes that Caroline has reorganized the kitchen a little. He isn’t super stoked about that. He lets Caroline know that all the repairs will be done by the end of the following week.

Later, and by later I mean MIDNIGHT, Caroline can’t sleep. She blames jet lag. But she’s been up since 4 so shouldn’t she just be tired enough to go to sleep at a normal Australia time? Maybe I don’t get how jet lag works. She digs into a casual plate of macarons on the counter.

Then Caroline decides to do some baking. And somehow BURNS a pan of bread. There is no smoke and yet the smoke alarm is going off. Very touchy apparently. Simon runs in to turn it off, which startles Caroline even more than the smoke alarm. Caroline is experimenting but nothing is working. Simon says sometimes less is more. I guess this time he’s right. I don’t really know what he did aside from dip a berry into a bowl of powdered sugar but I guess that settles that.

Simon is about to ask her something when Caroline’s mom calls to facetime. Doesn’t realize it’s 1 AM in Australia. This mom as per usual has NO CHILL. He shows up on facetime and introduces himself. The mom tells her that the inspection of her New York restaurant is next week. They apparently only have this one date next week or not until NEXT YEAR. What about the original date? Ugh. That makes no sense.

The next day, Caroline stumbles in to Simon baking her aunt’s bread recipe. She jumps in to help him. Caroline tells Simon that she has to go back to New York early so HE NEEDS TO START THE ROOF TODAY. Apparently some kids are coming to the restaurant that day too so Caroline makes them entirely TOO fancy of sandwiches. She’s serving KINDERGARTNERS lettuce, tomato and cheese sandwiches on WHEAT buns. What is she thinking.

She heads out to give Simon some iced tea and he asks what she’s doing later. Apparently it is restaurant related. I’m not so sure! Caroline hopes they’re not going fishing. Apparently they only had fish at the restaurant that one day.

Simon and Caroline take that little pup, “Spatch” on a walk. Glad he is getting more screen time. Simon has decided to take Caroline “clamming” but he uses the Australian word for it. Caroline tries raking or whatever and falls back and Simon catches her. WHAT A MOMENT. Then we learn that “Spatch” was Caroline’s Aunt Doreen’s. Simon took him when she died. Caroline asks Simon what he will do when the cafe is sold. Spatch lays down in the mud and whimpers. Simon doesn’t have a solid plan.

Then Simon shares an unconventional approach to clamming. Caroline gives it a try. I could never. SO MUCH MUD. I’m dying. Spatch couldn’t be happier. Oh good, now a splashing fight. Mud and water and splashing while wearing regular clothes. My nightmare.

Later, Beth tells Caroline the clams she made her a big hit. And then Simon asks Caroline on a date! Beth makes up an excuse about…washing her cat. I do love that. Why is everything Caroline wears straight out of the Babysitter’s Club movie?

Anyway, that night, Simon takes Caroline to his house boat, where he lives when he rents out the cottage. Which is apparently HIS OWN HOUSE. Is he really hurting for money? I mean, he has this boat. Why rent out his entire house?

Caroline shares how much she loves New York. They have a moment and I kind of tune out. They are about to kiss but Caroline pulls away. She doesn’t think this is a good idea. Well what was all this about then, Caroline!! He recovers quickly and asks if she wants ice cream. What a good sport.

They sneak into the restaurant to get some ice cream. But Marla overhears them and comes in. They pretend they are cooking and not looking for ice cream? I am not sure how that is any better. Marla and DALE are also hanging out watching a movie. So what’s up with that? Anyway, all that commotion has blown a fuse and now the whole breaker box has to be repaired? But we can’t call that one guy because his wife just had a baby. So they’ve got to figure something else out I guess.

The next morning, the Seagull is having a straight up backyard bbq. Caroline needs to blend her bronzer a teensy bit. Simon decides to repaint the restaurant’s sign right in the middle of where everyone is eating. Then Simon pitches letting the existing employees run the restaurant instead of selling. Honestly, like, why can’t she do that? Then Caroline and Simon argue over the flavors of meat pie. I think it will probably be gross, regardless.

Then Caroline rage cooks in the cottage kitchen while she vents to her mom.

Later, Marla, Dale, Caroline and Simon are all headed somewhere dressed very nicely. I think they are having a party. I don’t remember anyone mentioning the purpose of this party? Are they just having a party for the sake of having a party? Marla and Dale head off to dance. Caroline is holding a small basket of maybe 10 meat pies so like, who all is coming to this party? Caroline suggests they don’t talk about work and then Simon asks her to dance. I thought she said them dating was a bad idea? Also, need to point out this wild music again. Caroline hears it too and she says she loves the song.

At the dinner portion of the party, Beth gives the toast. She is wearing a very cute space-inspired dress. Caroline eagerly awaits Simon’s reaction to her meat pies. She does need to blend that bronzer a teensy bit again. Everyone else loves them. Simon agrees. He thinks Doreen would have liked them too. Later, Simon plates everyone’s cheesecake. What a disappointment. I mean, it’s fine. But I’m never just dying for cheesecake. Caroline realizes that Simon used her cheesecake recipe.

After all of that, everyone is just dancing and having a good time. Then a slow song comes on. Simon and Caroline slow dance. The music is SO LOUD. Just me? They are just staring at each other. Is it weird? I think it’s weird. Then Simon tells Caroline he made her something. It is a GIANT shell necklace. It is pretty I think but it’s also giant. It seems like they might kiss; like their noses are even touching. When NATHANIEL arrives.

THE BOYS! The BOYS are going to Bali so Nathaniel had the jet drop him off in Australia to talk to her. Dude what is this guy’s deal. He says he misses her. Then she says she misses him too. But does she? He seems like a giant tool. Somehow, Simon overhears this from outside! Like dude give her a minute to talk to this guy, sheesh. Anyway, he obviously only hears her say she misses him but doesn’t hear the rest of the speech. But he basically admits he wants to get back together because she has the trendiest restaurant in town. She’s like, girl bye. And he’s like, I don’t have anywhere to stay. That was a pretty presumptuous.

Caroline catches up with Simon outside. He doesn’t want to talk to her about any of it. Spatch decides he wants to stay with Caroline that night. What a good boy. Then Caroline looks through her aunt’s recipe book. This poor old woman saved newspaper clippings of Caroline, saved old photos…I mean, how sad? And neither Caroline or her mom see this woman in decades? Then Caroline appears to get an idea.

Caroline sprints down the stairs the next morning in the first cute shirt I’ve seen so far. She has finally decided to keep the restaurant and let the gang keep running it. Caroline overhears Marla talking about trying to trick her into keeping the restaurant. So then she comes in all huffy. She has now changed her mind and is selling the place. Caroline asks to get a walk through and then Marla locks Caroline and Simon in the pantry.

Guys, I am not a fan of these high waisted pants. Caroline gets mad at Simon for trying to trick her into keeping the place. But he wasn’t! Marla was but she did a terrible job. Oh great. Now they’re having a food fight. Oh I hate this. I hate food fights. They are going to make such a mess. Oh no. Not the flour. Ugh. It’s going to get everywhere.

Caroline gathers herself in the bathroom. Okay is she done with her little temper tantrum?

Caroline walks out and talks to the gang again. She tells them she isn’t going to sell. So there you go. Caroline tells Beth she wants to see a new dessert menu next month. I thought we kind of all agreed that Beth’s ideas were bad? I guess not. Then Marla apologizes for her mischief.

Then Caroline and Simon finally get to talk again. She apologizes to him. And then she’s like, okay well I guess I’ll see you later.

Caroline is back in New York. Caroline studies the prepared sample plates back at the restaurant with her mom and Molly. She tells poor Molly that everything is correct, but it’s all wrong! They need last minute specialty items and to rework the menu. Are we talking for THAT NIGHT? Or what?

Suddenly the kitchen is just TONS of fun. We have some truly wild music happening and even mom’s hair is a little looser. Then Caroline lets Molly plate the dessert with her! WOW. Big moment for Molly. Doing more smoke infused desserts. Honestly, so weird. Then they both peek at the reactions of the guests. Are these inspectors or critics? Why would they be inspecting the food? I don’t know what is going on here.

Later that night, Caroline and her mom split a tiny plate of food. Guys, I hate this restaurant. It looks like each plate is just a tiny slice of something with a bunch of inedible garnish on the edges. Oof I’d be so disappointed at this restaurant. Caroline’s mom tells her she is back mentally. So that’s good I Guess. As they prepare to dive into this tiny plate of weed scraps, she sees the clam shell necklace on the plate. Then Simon pops out! Always SO DRAMATIC. Honestly.

He is finally ready to tell her how he feels. So he gives her his speech. How will they make it work though?! He wants to keep going with his speech but they kiss instead!! WILD MUSIC again. The whole kitchen staff peeks from behind the curtain again. Then the picture of Caroline as a child and her aunt Doreen comes to life. So that’s weird. And also-no plan in place for making this relationship work. So yeah, I don’t see this working out.

Whew. Guys. I don’t know about this one. I really don’t. I liked parts of it. But dang there were some really dumb moments too. I think this had the potential to be a super cute destination movie but I just don’t think they quite pulled it off. What did you think?

Right in Front of Me

Guys, I went into this movie pretty cold. I hadn’t seen many previews, didn’t really know the premise. So, I came in to this viewing experience with NO expectations. In fact, this weekend was so busy I wasn’t even sure I’d have time to watch it. But I did. AND I AM SO GLAD. Spoiler alert, I LOVED IT. Let’s get after it!

Our lead, Carly, chats with her pal at their bridal salon. Oh good-a classic Hallmark Job-wedding planner. No. She’s not a wedding planner. She is a bridal stylist! So even more niche than a wedding planner. And somehow busy enough to like have a store front. Bridal stylist? Is it just a wedding dress store? Her best friend, Sydney wants her to come hang out at the lodge she manages for the weekend. But Carly is a busy business bridal stylist so she can’t go. BUT WAIT. Some fancy bride is moving up her wedding by THREE DAYS. Dang. So they now have NO TIME to get prepped.

Carly gest the dresses organized in time and brings them to the bride and bridal party. So, the bride’s mom insisted on getting her own dress and she hates it. Luckily Carly is prepared. She somehow knew to make and bring a different dress for her. Totally the right size and everything. Obviously, she loves it. Okay so Carly like…sources all the bridal outfits? I mean, I guess that’s what a stylist does. Is this enough of a job? My dad says he likes the blush color more than the blue. I agree.

At the wedding, Carly talks to her old boyfriend-the wedding photographer- who is not our leading man so I guess that’s not happening. After talking to this old boyfriend, Carly decides to take her friend up on that lodge offer. It seems to be in San Fran.

Now we finally get a glimpse of our leading man, Nick. He is a chef at this lodge and he is trying something fancy in the kitchen. The head chef is not into it. He has his menu for the resort restaurant and he is not interested in any fusion. Nick is hoping to get more “foodies” to the resort but old Ed the stick in the mud thinks they get plenty already. So, Nick is basically just messing around in the kitchen while everyone else is working. Our lead tries to get their server Patricia to serve his fusioned empanadas to somebody…ANYBODY in the restaurant.

So Patricia dumps these empanadas on Carly. She loves them. Oh wait, no she doesn’t. She said she thinks something is kind of “off” with them. Nick immediately comes out to see what’s up. He needs to know specifically what was wrong. After she describes them as “bitter,” he decides to try some for himself and well, she’s right. Then Carly runs into a random college friend. This friend is here for a wedding. EVERYONE from their dorm is there but Carly wasn’t invited. She was too busy working to pay her way through college so she only made that one friend-Sydney.

Nick is back and has solved the mystery. He used the same knife for two different things so that messed it all up. Do you cut up horseradish? Is it an actual type of radish? I always assumed it was just a sauce. And it is DISGUSTING. Nick gives Carly a whole speech about his culture to get her to try it again. Good news! She likes it. She’s like, cool so I’m all set here now-BYE. Nick learns Carly isn’t in town for the wedding there at the lodge that weekend. They are sharing quite a lot to each other right out the gate. For example, Nick overshares that his parents wanted him to be a doctor.

Oh another old pal-Matt is here for the wedding. Nick wanders off. Matt wants to catch up with Carly. How many love triangles are there going to be? Nick returns. He’s like…oooh you like Matt? SPILL GIRL.

Then, Carly FINALLY runs into her friend Sydney. And then Sydney sees Matt too. She wants Carly to reconnect with Matt. They tried to go on a date once ten years ago so obviously there is definitely still something there.

Uh oh. There’s wedding trouble. The bridesmaids got their own dresses and they are clashing shades of pink. The bride thought she was going to be laid back, breezy bride but she’s since changed her mind. Carly steps in. So now Carly works her clothing magic. She’s found…a RIBBON. That’s it. So then the bride invited her to the wedding. Great. FREE CAKE. Nick returns for round one of wedding happy hours. I believe there will be 4 total. And then Matt comes creeping around the corner and makes small talk with the bellhop.

Later, Carly and Sydney chit chat. Are we still at Wedding Happy Hour #1? Or are they just in the hotel restaurant? Anyway, Syd is wiped so she heads home. Carly helps herself to the dessert table. And somehow MATT is here again. He just keeps creeping at every turn. Carly turns into a giant disaster every time he’s around. Dude what is his deal. He says “I’m really glad you’re here.” And then WALKS OFF. So realistic. Nick sidles back up and asks how it went. Then Matt pops up again and asks Carly to come with him to the wedding. Nick teases her about it. This is great so far.

Then Nick vents a little to Carly about grouchy old Edward. Carly offers to help him make some connections so he can open his own restaurant. Nick offers to help with Matt. Dude. Matt creeps up AGAIN. It’s getting weird.

Carly calls her coworker? And asks her to send some clothes for the wedding. MANOLOS. Dang business must be GOOD. They chat about Matt the wet sandwich. Carly is still super in to him.

The next morning, is Carly wearing the same shirt? It’s cute but…come on Carly. Carly runs into Nick again downstairs. I am not sure what this wedding event is. Is it Happy Hour #2? When will this wedding actually take place? Then Nick makes Carly soda water with like 16 maraschino cherries. BARF. Oh yuck. They bond over their love of skewered food. Then Matt the wet paper bag returns.

Carly tries to catch up with these old college acquaintances by herself. I FEEL FOR HER. Nothing worse than trying to jump in on conversation with an established friend group that you kind of know. They kindly invite her to be in their college girls group photo. Matt gets his thumb in the picture FOR SURE. Then Matt sees an embarrassing text from Sydney. Matt and the groom somehow have a football inside and are gonna toss the ol pig skin around, apparently. How old are all of these people supposed to be?

Later, this established friend group does more reminiscing. Carly tries to hang for it but I think we all feel uncomfortable. Carly and Matt finally have a normal conversation. Ugh. They take a selfie together. SO GENUINE.

Man Carly is just HANGING. Nick tops her off with more soda water and cherries. So weird. Carly offers to set Nick up with a private chef opportunity. And then Nick gives Carly her own special side plate. Ol Ed the stick in the mud comes out and says the ribs Nick made have too much spice. So is he actually a terrible chef or how is he in charge if he has a reputation for making bland food? How did he get Michelin awards? I don’t get it. Carly loves his secret skewers though. Uh. Nick’s secret sauce has sesame in it. Which Carly is ALLERGIC TOO. And she starts breaking out in hives. She is pretty cool about it though.

Later, the wedding guests make smores. Carly is just hanging with these people. What happened to her weekend with Syd? She is nowhere to be found. I think another girl-Lily- is angling for Matt’s attention also. But she just gives up too quickly and heads to bed. Carly chickens out on a walk with Matt after Nick suggests she plays it cool.

So Carly has a weird thing about dessert I guess? She wants to take it home and eat it VERY SLOWLY. She said she’s taken an hour to eat a piece of cake before? I can inhale a piece in about 5 seconds.

Syd is finally back. She and Carly stroll down the sidewalk but then she bails again! Carly sees Lily trying on a dress in one of the shop windows. She heads inside to help. Lily needs a new dress so Carly offers to help. Carly puts her in a bright red dress. It looks cute! But it is kind of plain.

Then Carly runs into Nick at the grocery store and then Matt too. He is wearing a vest. All three of them head to the food truck. Matt is like old frat boy to the max. And his face looks like a permanent Instagram filter. Neither boy is up for spicy wings. But Carly wants to win the free hat. So she takes the spicy wing challenge. Matt and Nick change their minds and join in. They each just have one wing. What kind of challenge is this? Matt and Nick are sweating after taking one bite. Is Carly even eating hers? Then the boys just chug a bottle of milk. They try to talk her out of eating hers. She dives in and pounds that solitary wing. Even the food truck employee is impressed. BUT ALL YOU HAD TO EAT WAS ONE. What kind of challenge is one spicy wing?!

Later, Carly and Nick walk and talk. Nick has one small bag of groceries. What’s that for? Certainly not for the restaurant? Carly gives Nick a little “Devil Wears Prada” speech about fashion. Nick wonders why Carly doesn’t design her own clothes. Then they run into a vacant café. AVAILABLE FOR RENT. Apparently Nick tried to start a restaurant before but it didn’t work out. Nick shares that his grandma is in a nursing home and he helps pay for her care. So he needs a steady income. Carly’s excuse is that she doesn’t like being in the spotlight. Not that designing your own clothes and starting your own line is COMPLETELY different than shopping for people.

Nick has to rush back to the restaurant to make a charcuterie board for the evening. We are now at Happy Hour #3. For this event, the bride and groom have a raffle for someone to win a private dinner with Nick. Matt wins. So that’s awkward. Oh Matt invites Carly to this private dinner. SO THIS IS SO AWKWARD. Nick seems bummed.

It’s private dinner time. Wow. Three appetizers. They are tiny though to be fair. Matt hates ALL OF IT. He is not the most adventurous eater he says. How many times can I call this guy a wet sandwich before Carly figures it out? Carly tells Matt how she got into styling. Matt doesn’t get it but has Matt mentioned yet how much he LOVES GOLF? Could he be any more basic? Matt gets a…work call? If you told me he was a professional golfer I would not be surprised. Mentioning how much he likes golf comprises about 75% of his lines. This poor one dimensional wet paper bag of a character. Nick brings the main course out while Matt is on the phone. Nick tells her it’s okay to eat it because it’s hot and also, screw that guy. Carly just GETS Nick and his approach to food. Matt and Carly quickly realize they have nothing else to talk about. Then CHEF EDWARD shows up! So Nick and Patricia hustle to clear up the whole thing. Carly offers to help. She tells Nick it was the best meal of her life. But also, would Ed come by late at night like that?

After dinner, Matt and Carly run into Lily. Matt thought that dinner was fine but Carly obviously LOVED IT. Matt and Lily both think cilantro tastes like soap! Match made in heaven. And dude, as a cilantro hater myself, it would totally ruin the best of meals. There’s just nothing to be done about it. Matt remains a wet sandwich regardless. I think Carly reads the room at that point about Matt and Lily. She excuses herself and Matt heads into town with Lily and one of the other girls. Carly finds Nick. Nick gives Carly a to go bag for dessert. He even includes a tiny fork so she can eat it in her little weird way.

The next day, Carly looks for clothes at a clothing store. For what? I’m not sure. Carly runs into Nick and thanks him for the rice cake. He tells Carly he is doing a trial run for Georgina-a connection Carly made for him. He’s nervous. Carly is not excited about the dress she found. She thinks about remaking the whole thing and Nick thinks she should.

Oh good. A dress making montage. Carly’s dress ends up being SO CUTE. Sydney pops in again and encourages her to do more dress making or whatever. I think the necklace is…ALOT. Too much. Carly tells Sydney they she and Matt are not going to happen. But she admits that she might like NICK. Then Carly heads off to help the bridal party. They all look great. The bride’s dress is very pretty. Carly asks Patricia how lunch went for Nick and she says it went so well!! They don’t have time to chat but they both say they have so much to tell each other. Then Nick gets a phone call. He seems bummed whatever it was.

Lily bows out of the conversation with Matt and Carly again. Carly runs after her. Lily is just sitting on the floor like a weirdo. OH Lily and Matt used to date. So that makes sense now. Carly is like, girl you and Matt belong together. Then Carly pulls Matt aside to talk about Lily. I have a feeling that Nick is going to see it and misinterpret. Matt knows she likes Nick too! What! He doesn’t see and misinterpret? Matt and Lily just reconnect no problem. That was unusual.

Then Carly runs into Nick and he tells her that Georgina passed on investing and then Chef Edward fired Nick for all of that. Carly apologizes. She offers to help. He says maybe they should have just kept their dreams to themselves!! NO NICK. And then he leaves. WHAT.

The next morning, Carly talks to Syd about the Nick fiasco. She is wearing the cutest coat situation.

Carly is back at her salon, sketching her own line of bridal wear? Dresses? You get it. How much time has passed?

At the grocery store, Nick picks up a hand painted bottle of sesame seeds and then walks away. Syd calls and wants to do a pop up shop of Carly’s dresses in her lobby. Syd wants her to talk to Nick again too. Carly thinks she needs to move on. Again, why has nobody called anybody in this amount of time?

At the resort, Syd puts on the cutest blue dress. Carly made it just for her! Syd mentions a new restaurant they should go to on Main street. So yeah just a new place. No big deal. They sit down and Carly reads the menu. The restaurant is called THE TINY FORK. Nick pops his head out and Carly goes to talk to him. WHY DIDN’T EITHER OF THEM CALL. HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN. WHAT IS HAPPENING. So all of Georgina’s guests did want to invest and tracked him down. Not sure what Georgina’s deal was. And why didn’t Nick ever call then after that? It has to have been six months right?!

Just get on with it you two. Sheesh. Carly is about in on her speech when Nick’s grandma (Lola) pops out. She knows all about Carly. So like OKAY why are we just now reconnecting if even Lola knows the whole story? And what is she doing there? Finally Nick admits he made a big mistake not going after Carly. Is Lola going to hang out for this whole speech? Then Carly follows Nick outside. Carly tells Nick how she feels. And obviously he feels the same way. And then they KISS. Finally. An again!! Yay. I am so relieved those two dumb dumbs got their act together.

Alright, so I think I liked this one BETTER than last week. I love a resort movie. I love a wedding movie. I love a FOOD themed movie. And I LOVE these two leads! LOVED them together. It just hit all the right points for Ol Cal. This is definitely my favorite Spring Fling movie. (Are we done with Spring Fling now?) And now it is my favorite of the year. For sure. What did you think?

As Luck Would Have It

So it’s time for the most anticipated (by me) movie of Spring Fling. You know me, I try to keep my expectations low but there are some movies I just can’t help but get excited about. This was one of them. I don’t watch Downton (sorry) but I do love JoAnna Garcia Swisher in pretty much everything I’ve seen her in. So, shall we dive right in?

Lindsey is a busy business woman. She is closing deals on the streets of New York, so she is a VERY serious business person. She even has plans to go to Paris I think too. But then, in a meeting, her boss announces that he wants to expand their hotel chain to Ireland. He’s found a GREAT location. But there is this pesky historic castle right in the way of their future modern resort. So now, Lindsey can’t go to Paris! She has to go to Ireland…you know because of her red hair; I mean experience.

Meanwhile, Irish people be Irishing-hanging out in a “rustic” pub. Our leading man, Brennan, even has a hipster apron. The whole Irish gang is planning for the town’s big “matchmaking festival.”

Lindsey and her company waste no time and soon she is winding her way through the Irish countryside. I do not think she enjoys the ride. She ends up at that pesky castle and meets Brennan. He is working on stuff there I think? They chit chat. I forget what they say. I don’t think he likes her snooping around. Then Lindsey heads to a cute B&B, because of course. They think she is in town for the matchmaking festival but she is quick to tell the cute little elderly owners that she is there for business purposes. As she walks to her room, she meets three eligible ladies. They can’t wait to get matched up. They invite her to go out to eat. Lindsey must be extroverted because I don’t think I would have even made eye contact with these three fellow humans, let alone accept a dinner invitation. But that’s a pretty boring movie. Anyway, at the restaurant, traditional Irish music is playing of course. I’m sure there is such a thing as modern Irish music but we are not going to hear it. The girls fill Lindsey in on the festival. they are all working on the festival’s matchmaking questionnaire in the hopes of getting paired up. Lindsey tells the girls why she’s in town and Brennan overhears. He is outraged that she might tear down the castle for some silly hotel. Regardless he leaves the girls with complimentary glasses of whiskey.

Outside, there are several booths set up to sign up for matchmaking activities. So that’s pretty cute. This is shaping up to be the best matchmaking themed movie I’ve seen this year. Our leads meet again in the town square and Lindsey heads to the council meeting to give her presentation. Lindsey has to sit through the council’s ordinary business before it’s her turn. Naturally, Brennan does his best to stall the meeting. By the time it’s Lindsey’s turn, the entire audience has left. Lindsey jumps right in to her presentation. I find her arguments very compelling. The council says they’re not interested in selling without an agreement to keep the castle in tact. So that’s too bad. I guess it’s time to go home. They don’t like the idea of an outsider who knows NOTHING about their town to swoop in and buy the land. Lindsey did loads of research before she arrived but that means absolutely nothing. She can’t know the town until she EXPERIENCES the town.

Lindsey decides to take the head councilman up on his advice and signs up for the matchmaking festival. She is going to LEARN about this town if it’s the last thing she does! She tries to make the pitch to her boss. He has an English-ish accent. So why didn’t he make the pitch himself?

Alright so now it’s time for the first activity. Baking. The teacher scolds Lindsey for using a pastry cutter. She would rather her spend hours using a fork to mix the butter and flour and end up with a sore hand for the rest of the day. Then Brennan puts a bunch of salt in her dough while she wasn’t looking. She takes a bite and immediately tries to hide her distaste.

Brennan leads an outdoor sport while Lindsey learns to knit. Are they playing cricket? Is that cricket? Oh, Lindsey is doing that too. Cute pony tail. Lindsey is not great at knitting. How are these activities coupling anyone up? This is just a lady’s knitting circle. Lindsey is VERY competitive at cricket or whatever that is.

Later Lindsey hangs out in her adorable room with a fireplace. The B&B owner drops by with some cookies…I mean, biscuits. Obviously the B&B owners met at the festival. Apparently there is some event that evening. It must be the middle of the night! But Lindsey the extrovert decides to change her clothes and go.

Wait, Lindsey chats with the girls and they say they hope they get some classes with Lindsey that week. HOW LONG IS THIS FESTIVAL. One of the gals makes eyes with Brennan’s friend. Brennan admits he added a bunch of salt to Lindsey’s bread dough.

Okay now it’s time to do some Irish line dancing. Kill me. All alone and being forced to join into a group dance? Oh no thank you. Frankly, this whole movie is an introvert’s nightmare. Brennan and I are on the same page as he informs Lindsey that he doesn’t dance. But then he DOES dance. So, what’s up Brennan? They have a moment on the dance floor. He seems impressed she knows how to dance I think? I don’t know. They are looking at each other intensely. It’s weird if I’m being honest.

Later, Lindsey chats with the head councilman, Elroy. He is leading the kayaking tour which she was planning to do that morning. But he’s overbooked apparently. So he’s like, maybe try cooking? BYE!

Brennan’s mom? talks to him about how the festival is just not bringing in the money it used to. Maybe they should consider selling that castle that is literally collecting dust.

Brennan obviously joins the cooking class too and they chit chat while Lindsey slices carrots in the most ridiculous way imaginable. Brennan can’t take it anymore and teaches her how to slice the carrots. Then they all eat lunch together.

Later, Councilman Elroy does official matchmaking business in his office. Elroy admits to Brennan that they may have to sell the castle to stay afloat. Elroy also alludes to the fact that maybe Brennan got matched before but it didn’t work out. So obviously Brennan is never going to date anyone ever again.

Brennan finds Lindsey reading his dad’s ancient cookbook. She agrees to help him do some cleaning in the castle. She’s wearing the cutest sweater. After a few minutes of cleaning, Lindsey and Brennan sit on a window bench and chat. Lindsey gets to know Brennan a little more. She tells Brennan she is “really good at closing deals” but she actually studied architecture. I have a feeling she is going to find a way to make the castle the hotel or something. I’m not sure why no one else has thought to make use of it rather than let it sit and crumble to pieces. She’s got the loveliest sweater cape situation happening too.

Later, she catches up with her friend from work. The friend thinks she’s met some cute Irish guy. She totally has obviously. Work friends NEVER want to talk about actual work.

The next day, Lindsey is on a charter bus headed to see some cliffs with a very chatty seat mate. Brennan sits behind them chuckling. Once they arrive, Lindsey asks Brennan to tell her the history of the cliffs. He has some old Irish folklore story for them.

Brennan admits that he got matched once-even engaged, but it didn’t work out. And like I said, this naturally means he will never date again. She didn’t want to stay in Ireland. Poor chatty seatmate keeps third wheeling everyone. Then Brennan shows Lindsey his favorite spot. Wait, we don’t get to see that?

Later, Brennan works at the pub. He seems to be doing inventory. Brennan tells his dad he doesn’t want to expand his whiskey business so he can keep helping at the pub. Everything always needs to stay exactly how it’s always been!

Lindsey strolls along the street alone and eyes an Irish ring in a jewelry store window. Then she decides to stop in to Brennan’s pub. He invites her to help behind the bar. Because of course. She just makes herself right at home obviously.

After closing, Brennan talks to Lindsey about making whiskey. Lindsey samples all the different variations. She likes his first batch the best. Then Brennan’s mom calls for him to help with the dishes. What a total moment ruiner!! Moms are supposed to be wingmen in Hallmark movies!

Oh good. It wouldn’t be a matchmaking weekend without a speed dating session! Lindsey and Brennan have a nice little chit chat. I learn they were not playing cricket. They were playing…hurling? curling? Uh oh. Chatty Cathy bumps the line to catch up with Lindsey. So I think Brennan and Lindsey pretended to be matched to get out of finishing speed dating? Or “pretended” wink, wink. And then Brennan invites Lindsey to join him on a whiskey making errand. The person at the house conveniently works at the National Archives so Lindsey asks for a favor. I don’t know what she’s up to actually. I missed who she would want to search for. They head to whoever’s childhood home but it’s been torn down. Is it a relative of hers? It must be. Upon reflection, I believe it is her grandmother. Super cute mint coat too.

Then they head to the ocean. They walk and talk. Lindsey asks why he doesn’t dive head first into whiskey. He is worried it wouldn’t be as fun. She says she’d like to stay in one place long enough for a hotel to be finished and Brennan says she’d be great at that. “That” meaning…staying in one place, maybe?

Lindsey heads to see Elroy to get on the calendar for the next Saturday. He invites her to go for a walk. He tells Lindsey he thinks his wife would want to sell the castle.

Lindsey runs into Brennan at City Hall and tells him how she and Elroy have been scheming. He’s all-when were you going to tell me this? And she honestly tells him that she was afraid. THANK YOU. But also I feel like her chat with Elroy was in the morning and she’s now seeing Brennan a few hours later, so he can chill. He is still mad because he is STUCK IN THE PAST okay? He needs to get a grip. Then Brennan essentially gets called to the principal’s office. Maybe Elroy can set him straight.

Later, Lindsey stands out in front of the castle and stares vaguely.

The town council meets behind closed doors, but now Brennan is all on board with the plan to sell the castle.

Lindsey calls her boss and discovers this may all have been for nothing. He maybe just wants to scrap this headache and build a hotel in Dublin. Frankly, that makes WAY more sense but he’s now allowed Lindsey to stay in this town for what, at least two weeks? Without letting her know? Anyway, he wants to come by and decide between the two.

Then Lindsey and Brennan serve as witnesses at a wedding for a couple who met at last year’s festival! She has that same Irish ring. The couple tells Lindsey about the hotel they’re staying at and it gives Lindsey an idea. MY IDEA. Using the castle as part of the hotel. I could have saved ALL OF US 84 minutes.

Lindsey calls her boss and invites him to the party the following evening at the castle. Because now the whole town is DESPERATE to sell the caste. Funny how that worked out. They have A TON of work to like, fully restore? the castle? So best of luck to all.

Brennan stops by Lindsey’s room to invite her to dinner!! They have a lovely picnic by a waterfall. He tells her that he put a bunch of salt in her bread dough earlier. But she’s on her own for knitting. They are JUST ABOUT to kiss when Chatty Kathy interrupts to say hello. He found someone! Yay.

It’s party time! Lindsey is wearing a truly GORG dress. Brennan looks cute too. They have a funny moment where two girls think Brennan is proposing. Then Mr. Crispin arrives! Lindsey and Brennan are very pleased with themselves. But it looks like big old house inside, not a castle.

Mr. Crispin is getting so stoked about this place and the dessert in cups. Then Elroy makes a toast. Lindsey tells Brennan that she started a business plan and found a bigger distillery space for him. He is NOT PLEASED. Like, honestly WHAT IS HIS DEAL? Why is he so reluctant? Lindsey is like, okay well I guess I will just talk to you later.

Then Lindsey makes her pitch to Mr. Crispin. He is like, dang Lindsey that is a massive undertaking. We could never afford to turn this castle into a hotel. So he decides to move forward with Dublin. Okay so this has all been for nothing, I guess. Lindsey says she has to go back to New York because she doesn’t have any reason to stay. Brennan is like, no you definitely don’t have a reason to stay now, so bye.

The next morning, everyone says their goodbyes. Lindsey’s outfits have really been top notch. She gives the B&B owners a tearful hug goodbye.

Elroy and Brennan have a chat at the top of the castle. They both lean casually on the wall. Brennan is like, Lindsey doesn’t want to be with me or stay here so forget about her.

We flash forward 3 months. Lindsey is in a group chat with all her Irish friends. She takes off her ring and notices something inscribed inside. So naturally, Lindsey decides to quit her job. She gives Ellie this whole speech and Ellie is like whoa this is ALOT.

Meanwhile, Brennan actually does start expanding his whiskey business.

Then Brennan heads to the castle and sees Lindsey. She is evaluating the castle for the new company she works for! Well, well, well. They have their chat. She should have called. No he shouldn’t have let her leave like that. No she was wrong and he was also. You know how it is. Lindsey tells Brennan she is basically going to be living there full time now. Oh now I get it. Her ring is from her grandma and it was made in that town that I’m not going to try and spell. And then they KISS! Big time Yay.

Okay I really liked this one. It was SO cute. I even had too high of expectations and I liked it anyway! They had lots of twists on old classic tropes and I liked them all! I think this is my favorite movie of 2021 so far! What did you think?

One Perfect Wedding

Three years in the making. Maybe more. Probably more. I didn’t look it up. But three movies all the same. And I am starting at movie 3. I considered watching the other two but I didn’t. I just didn’t have it in me, okay? I JUST HOPE I CAN FOLLOW THE PLOT. Spoiler alert-I can. Let’s get into it already!

The movie begins with our lead, Cara walking by a book store and where she sees HER BOOK. This becomes less exciting to me as I learn later that this is her second book. I imagine the story leading up to the publication of her FIRST book is much more exciting. Then she catches the end of a television interview with her newly bald fiancé. They awkwardly tell the host that their wedding has been ON HOLD. They are both SO BUSY and they travel SO MUCH. So the wedding just has not been a priority. No red flags so far!!! Ben finally says ENOUGH. And he asks her to get married at the court house the following morning. Cara agrees.

Then our favorite gal from Evergreen, Megan in this series, talks to her…sibling? Oh no it’s her boyfriend. I suppose this is outlined in the previous two movies. I CAN’T KEEP UP. Cara walks up and tells this friend the BIG NEWS-the courthouse wedding. They forgo eating so she can find the perfect outfit. I don’t know why they have to skip eating for that. Is there anything more important than eating? HARDLY EVER.

Later, Cara wonders if this is the right thing to do-her dad and perhaps other relatives will obviously not be able to make it. But this friend tells her to do what’s best for her. The friend also seems to be the photographer. As they walk to the courthouse in her massive (but adorable) heels, Cara’s dad calls and she panics. She wants to have the big wedding in Rome with her family. Because that is what marriage is about. All Ceremony and Grandeur. So if they can’t have the larger-than-life-bigger-than-any-average-big-wedding, THEY BETTER NOT HAVE ONE AT ALL.

Later, Ben facetimes Shawn, (Megan’s boyfriend and HIS BFF-keep up!!) and hashes it all out. Shawn seems to be doing some remote work and I fear all his scenes will be on this computer. Likely has NOTHING to do with COVID for sure.

That night, Cara and Ben get pizza from a food truck. Ben HORRIFYINGLY puts ground pepper on his pizza. Is this a thing?

The next morning, Cara meets with her editor. She needs an idea for a THIRD book. Geez Louise didn’t that second book JUST hit the stands? Can’t this poor girl get a MINUTE? The editor scoffs at Cara’s desire to spend more time with Ben. Silly girl. Why would you spend time with your family when the world demands MORE BOOKS about whatever subject you write about. If she’s writing Harry Potter books then I GET IT and I take back my snark.

Meanwhile, at Charmed Snowboards, which is, perhaps the silliest name for a snowboard company, Ben tries to treat his baby sister the same as everyone else. She does not deserve any special treatment though because she is not very good at her job. And guess what, her inability to pay attention to detail comes back to bite her BIG TIME. FORESHADOWING.

At home, Cara talks with a very gossip-y hotel clerk at a lodge that is special to her and Ben. I assume it is THE LODGE from the first movie. I know, I know-watch the other movies. This clerk has absolutely NO CHILL and he totally blabs that Ben (apparently a famous person) has booked a chalet at this lodge for the following weekend for a WEDDING. No one is bothered by this clerk’s eagerness to violate celebrities’ privacy. So, the cat is out of the bag but Cara is on board, eventually. She didn’t like Ben planning the whole thing behind her back. And honestly, SAME. So then she calls Megan and asks for her help PRONTO. Megan has been DYING for this moment and boy, is she READY.

Later? The next day? Megan and Cara meet up and Megan is ARMED with flora and fauna. Megan has vowed to put work aside to give Cara her dream wedding. So, okay.

At work, Ben asks his sister, Zoe to be his best man. Because suspiciously, NO ONE can make it on such short notice. But that doesn’t matter anymore!

Then, it’s time for super market sweep-wedding dress edition. Cara complains that Ben makes lots of decisions unilaterally. TOTALLY valid concern. Surprised that hasn’t totally unraveled their relationship and that Ben has yet to learn any lessons in the years they’ve been together. Megan gives some…unhelpful advice on this matter. And then both girls give a “good wow” to an…underwhelming set of dresses. Then poor, simple Zoe MESSES UP THE DRESS PURCHASE. This is lunch all over again. What did I tell you? But honestly, what WEDDING DRESS comes in all the same colors as the bridesmaid dresses? Did no one stop her and say-oh certainly you meant for the WEDDING DRESS to be some shade of white, right? Not PURPLE? I mean have a purple wedding dress but I just need to CONFIRM that’s what you want before I run your card, okay?

At Cara’s house, the girls go over the final details of wedding weekend. The dresses are going to be shipped to the venue. VERY RISKY for a whole host of reasons. Megan gives Cara a friendship bracelet. Cara is like, oh I already have my jewelry all set for the wedding but this IS SO SWEET. I’ll definitely wear this child’s bracelet sometime FOR SURE.

Then they all head to a very wintery snowy lodge. This movie is totally airing in the wrong season. They stop to take a picture at the lodge sign and we get a quick synopsis of the first movie so I’m good now. And perhaps the second as Megan says something about her relationship with Shawn having some ups and downs. I’ll admit, I’m intrigued. Did we see the ups and downs in movie 2?

It seems the hotel has been remodeled significantly. The bellman, hotel clerk…is vague when Cara asks why. Suddenly he knows how to keep his mouth shut. Then Cara and Ben chat on their respective balconies.

Then it’s time to hit the slopes. Boy, this movie has such strong “Spring Fling” feels. I love the spring colors and weather. Just FULL of spring feelings. The girls talk about Shawn and his “job” that’s taken him away. And then Cara can’t help but give Megan a mischievous look. Girl fix your face!! You’re going to ruin the impending surprise zoom proposal.

Later in the lobby, Zoe is still stressing about her conversation with Megan from like, six days ago. Then Zoe, who has super human eyesight, notices a hotel chain’s logo on a folder. What could that be about?!

Then Cara and Megan talk to that same hotel person about cheeseboards. At the very least, this employee knows the animals that produce milk that will ultimately become cheese. And that is all he knows about cheese or what might be included on a cheeseboard. Bless his heart.

Later, Zoe pops by Megan and Cara’s room to help with decorations. Megan can’t delegate a THING and she’s also decided this last minute wedding needs tons of very complicated DIY decorations. Zoe doesn’t give up and winds up gilding the edges of a handful of pine cones.

Later, Cara talks to the lodge’s pianist about an Agatha Christie book that seems to have some EERY parallels to her own life. I have now been added to the waitlist at my library for a copy.

The next day? Zoe goes outside to meet Megan on the patio to show her the gilded pinecones. Possibly the WORST location to show them to Megan but no matter. They all fit in a small gift bag so that should be plenty. Zoe offers to drive back to the bridal salon to get the dresses.

While trying to set up spa appointments, Cara observes Ben talking to someone. She can tell by his POSTURE that he is “keeping something under wraps.” OKAY.

Then Cara’s dad arrives. Cara and Ben reminisce about dancing together. Then it is time for wine and cheese night. Megan’s mom, the officiant, arrives. Then Megan’s mom and Cara’s dad reminisce about how fast these darn kids grow up. Are these two going to get together? My fingers are crossed.

Cara and the pianist talk more about mysteries.

Then Ben corners that same guy…wait is that the hotel employee? Boy he is just a workhorse at this lodge. Is he the only employee? Anyway, Ben squeezes him for info about that fancy hotel logo. With virtually no pressing, the employee blabs that the big hotel chain wants to buy the lodge. GASP. Not a big hotel chain!! They’ll do horrible things like…invest money into upgrades and maybe expand so more people can go there. NO!

The next day, the gang hits the slopes again. Ben tells Cara how he went to a ski camp for underprivileged kids when he was young. And now he donates snowboards and stuff to the camp. He is also cagey about his whereabouts in the last day or so.

Cara talks to the pianist again in the library. Is her name Goldie? I think that’s right. She tells her about her idea for her third book. Then she talks to her dad, who apparently is a retired detective.(I know-last two movies). She is trying to solve the mystery of the original hotel owners as well and tie that all in to her new book. I have a feeling this mystery is going to be UNDERWHELMING.

Oooh, now we hear Ben on the phone trying to BUY THE RESORT. Days from joining finances with Cara and is secretly trying to buy this resort without her knows. To what end Ben?!! Again, no red flags to see here! Anyway, he’s managed to get 45% of the resort but is having trouble tracking down the person who owns the remaining 10%. Then, on Zoe’s way out of town, she and Cara have a heart to heart about why Ben is so secretive. The answer is not great and certainly not something that should just now be coming up.

Megan continues to work on all the DIY components of the wedding décor while Cara plans to go galivanting with her dad to solve the resort mystery. Then Cara discovers Camp Snow ended YESTERDAY. So what is Ben up to!? Well, we know. She doesn’t. Then Ben asks our hotel employee friend whether a package from Shawn arrived. NOT YET.

Cara and her dad hike up to find the cabin from one of the pictures in the library. Then they find a BENCH with some initials carved into it. So essentially they’ve learned NOTHING. But they got a nice hike in so that’s something.

The next morning? The girls all lounge in matching bathrobes. Cara has a heart to heart with Megan’s mom. Cara tells Megan’s mom that she thinks Ben is up to something. Megan’s mom gives her pretty good advice-to think the best of people. BUT that does not excuse Ben making MAJOR financial decisions without her on the eve of their wedding.

Later, Ben and Cara get brauts in the lodge dining room. Ben seems prepared to spill the beans. But instead, he chickens out and tells her about Shawn’s engagement plans.

Meanwhile, Megan is folding team bride shirts. Oh I love Cara’s pink snow pants. That night is trivia night. That’s fun actually. Cara tries to get Megan to work less. Like, no one asked for these extremely intricate, homemade decorations, Megan! Then Cara steps on a few of the gilded pine cones. I can see why Megan is devastated. There are only ten gilded pinecones for the entire wedding. So naturally, the girls go on a hunt for more in the snow. They fail miserably.

So now, Ben and Cara get this whole virtual proposal set up. Megan and Zoe chat on the phone about the dresses. Zoe calls the dress colors “a choice.” Like honestly the wedding dress wouldn’t even come in purple? And she was there at the store so she should know the colors are wrong. But you know my feelings there.

Okay poor Shawn is still on the video. Helpful, do-it-all hotel employee is there with the rings. Megan sees Shawn on video and he gets right in on his speech. But then Cara interrupts the speech to show Megan the engagement ring box. Like wait for your cue, girl!! But it actually holds cuff links for Ben. The meaning of the cufflinks is a secret that Cara cannot know. No big deal.

Later, Cara is still wondering about the couple that founded the lodge. Helpful hotel employee hangs a framed letter. Cara reads it out loud. It is a real BUMMER of a letter. Why would they frame and hang that?

Cara and Megan don their Team Bride shirts to get ready for trivia. Megan wonders if Shawn was weird earlier. HE WAS. Then Cara’s dad arrives with a sentimental gift. He brought her mom’s entire wedding dress in case she wanted a piece sewn in to her own dress. Well that is going to be very helpful when she realizes her wedding dress is PURPLE. Cara complains to her dad about how secretive Ben is. They have a nice heart to heart, I guess.

Cara heads to Ben’s room to give him his trivia team shirt. She tries to ask him about his business dealings and he’s like, girl chill. It’s trivia time. Zoe continues to bring things to Megan in the MOST UNHELPFUL parts of the resort. Like she brings the dresses to her RIGHT BY THE BUFFET table where they’re hosting the trivia night. Megan is like, girl just take them up to the room for heaven’s sake.

Cara prods Mr. Helpful Hotel Employee about the company name she overheard Ben talking about on the phone. This guy folds like something that folds really easily and spills the beans again.

Now it’s time for Bridge and Groom trivia. That is a fun idea. We learn that Ben had frosted tips. These poor dumb dumbs know absolutely nothing about each other.

Cara talks to Helpful Hotel Employee about that bummer of a letter. It was sent in 1978 not 1948. SO MYSTERIOUS. Then trivia night ends with Team Bride winning. Cara finally confronts Ben about all the secrets. Cara is like GIRL WHY DO YOU KEEP EVERYTHING FROM ME. But now Cara is in on it. So she tells him about the junk mail that Aldera Creek gets.

So guess what’s interesting. The junk mail is from a music company and their sheet music still comes to the hotel. So the pianist reveals that she is “Aldera Creek” and owns that pesky 10%. She is the daughter of the owners. She doesn’t want to sell but she fills them in on her life. It’s not that interesting. AS I SUSPECTED.

That night, Cara fiddles with her mom’s dress to sew part of it into her own…which apparently she hasn’t even looked at yet!! I tried on my dress like every day the week of my wedding. What is happening here?

Finally it’s wedding day! And they are completely snowed in. Megan and…Zoe are both freaking out. I’m not sure what difference it makes if everyone is at the lodge. Oh NO. THE CAKE is not going to be there! We need to call this whole thing off. WHAT?! They’re going to get married without CAKE? NO. So they cobble some things together. Oh thank goodness. They are able to track down some cake. Crisis averted.

While the girls get ready, Ben and Cara’s dad have a heart to heart. Cara’s dad lays down the LAW to Ben. Hallmark style.

FINALLY, Megan discovers that Zoe has swapped the colors of the dresses. ZOE IS THE WORST.

So the three ladies just panic. I would FOR SURE. But hello, what about her mom’s dress.

Ben and Shawn have a nice video moment. I hate it. I would rather they not include an actor than have them just on video chat the entire time.

Then we see shots of the location getting all set up. Surprise, surprise, Cara wears her mom’s dress. It’s perfect. Wait, what is Megan wearing then? Anyway, her mom’s dress is WAY better than the one she picked out-moonstone or otherwise. Now it’s time for the ceremony. It’s lovely. It’s a lovely spring wedding. Just what you want to see during “Spring Fling.”

Later, they dance inside the wooden lodge with handheld fireworks. So that’s fine. Cara and Ben do not smash cake into each other’s face. Yawn. Then Megan catches the bouquet!

The next morning, Cara pitches her book to her editor and Megan rereads Cara’s book. Cara makes Megan get changed to go skiing. Something is UP, right? Up at the top of the ski lift, Ben is all set up for a virtual proposal. It’s so lame right? He’s not even there? Would you want a virtual proposal? Then Cara unclips her bindings as they approach Ben’s arch set up. Ben hands Megan the iPad to hear Shawn. Shawn gets into his speech. It’s really cute. I want to see them get married more than Cara and Ben for heaven’s sake. Then Cara gets down on one knee for him and has an actual ring. Yay! Then they all hit the slopes to celebrate.

So that’s One Perfect Wedding. Overall it was cute. I like a good lodge movie and I like a good wedding movie. I liked the actors but they seemed more like pals than a couple about to be married. Overall it was perfectly fine. I do think I liked “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” more than this one though. What did you think?