Sweet Carolina (TV Movie 2021)49K
Sweet Carolina (TV Movie 2021). Sweet Carolina: Directed by Peter Benson. With Lacey Chabert, Tyler Hynes, Gregory Harrison, Jesse Moss. Marketing executive, Josie, returns home when she becomes the unexpected guardian of her niece and nephew. While there, she reconnects with Cooper, her high school boyfriend.
“I looked forward to this for the week or two it was advertised. I am a fan of both leads as well as the actors playing the grandparents. Many years ago, Chabert did a touching movie about a man and woman who each lost their spouse and eventually formed a blended family. The Color of Rain was based on a true story. Despite this movie apparently being fictional, I had hoped for much the same emotional drama.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eFor me personally, the movie got off to a bad start with the Grandfather, Gregory Harrison, being what I thought was cruel to Josie. At one point, after doing many things to discourage her even more than the loss of her sister and best friend, he says u0026quot;I love youu0026quot; and I thought, no you donu0026#39;t – you just want what you want. Perhaps this was realistic, but it turned me against that character. And the overheard remarks contributed to later friction with the kids.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe burnt toast was a stupid attempt to show Josie wasnu0026#39;t a good cook.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThen Josie makes several very poor choices. One regarding the nephew was, to me, absolutely unbelievable. I really canu0026#39;t imagine any parent or guardian ever doing that. She makes a poor choice in her job which also affects the kids. She makes a choice, which I actually thought could have gone either way but flops, with her niece. Yes one of the themes of the story was making mistakes but out of love, yet for me these were poor examples.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eOddly, the movie was totally devoid of Josie having to enforce discipline which naturally results in resentment by the kids. This is where you would expect such problems in this type of situation. It was like the kids were perfect and Josie the bad girl.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe whole business with her job was unrealistic, but then Hallmark isnu0026#39;t known for realistic. Actually, her boss was incredibly generous to her.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThereu0026#39;s one scene, which appeared in all the previews, of the family enjoying time together in the kitchen, but I wanted more of that.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI wouldnu0026#39;t call this a romance movie. Chabert and Tyler Hynes had definite chemistry. (I would think it hard for anyone not to have good chemistry with Chabert.) But the story was more about the family. Cooperu0026#39;s role was more to encourage Josie than to generate romance. As a result, the last scene felt like a tack on rather than flowing out of the story.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003ePerhaps I never got over my sour feelings about the Grandfather. The movie generated some positive feelings, but not as much as I hoped. With a new movie almost every week on Hallmark, they tend to run together. This was a different story, but I really wanted something that stood out more and brought me back in the future to watch over and over.”