The Sweetest Heart (2018)

Hallmark has cornered the market on cupcake and candy romances, but they haven’t found a way to make them very sweet. This movie follows the standard recipe – two guys, one girl, and an unusually large cupcake café – but adds nothing special. Julie Gonzalo plays Maddie, who’s looking for an investor to help her dessert business. In walks Alex (Victor Zinck Jr.), a guy who seems to have the looks, personality, and money to save her. Just as they consider starting a personal and professional relationship, however, Maddie’s ex-boyfriend comes back into the picture.

Nate (Chris McNally) is a cardiologist and her childhood sweetheart. He’s back in town to give a series of lectures while waiting for a possible research appointment halfway across the country. His decision to pursue his own career led to their split ten years ago, and they really haven’t reconnected since. With both of them at a crossroads, they have a chance to heal old wounds and rekindle their romance. Nate, who apparently has nothing but free time, lends a hand with Maddie’s business, and the two start to see a future together again.

If you are a huge fan of Gonzalo or McNally, go crazy with this movie, and watch it to your heart’s content. I had a hard time getting excited about it though, in part because I couldn’t get over the huge ass café. With the space she had available, Maddie might as well have opened a cupcake restaurant. But even if you don’t care about that, I don’t know what will win you over. There are plenty of details that are supposed to spice things up. Maddie’s assistant (Andrea Brooks) has a crush on her former high school classmate, there seems to be no endgame with her sister’s (Tammy Gillis) engagement, and all the appliances are a little finicky. None of this feeds into a larger narrative or makes the story more interesting though. I wish I had something more to say about this movie, either positive or negative, but it is what it is – another bland romance.

Released: 2018
Dir: Steven R. Monroe
Writer: Joyce Brotman, Nicole Baxter
Cast: Julie Gonzalo, Chris McNally, Tammy Gillis, Victor Zinck Jr., Andrea Brooks, Jordan Burtchett
Time: 82 min
Lang: English
Country: United States
Network: Hallmark Channel
Reviewed: 2019

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