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Hallmark Movies 2012

Last Updated on Monday, September 2nd, 2019

Dave!Here's a checklist of all the Hallmark original romance movies from 2012 along with my comments on those I've seen.

Special movies of note are marked Favorite, Good, Okay, and BAD.


   

Hallmark Channel Originals 2012

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Fixing Pete (Brooke Burns, Dylan Bruno and Valerie Harper • January 7, 2012)
Not seen yet.

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A Taste of Romance (Teri Polo and James Patrick Stuart • January 14, 2012)
When a widower firefighter opens a burger restaurant next door to a chef's fine dining French restaurant... she is not happy. But bickering and practical jokes soon turns to something more serious thanks to the chef bonding with the widower's daughter. It's a pretty basic recipe for romance, but done fairly well so you won't hate it.

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Undercover Bridesmaid (Brooke Burns and Gregory Harrison • April 15, 2012)
Not seen yet.

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Notes from the Heart Healer (Genie Francis and Ted McGinley • May 12, 2012)
Not seen yet.

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Kiss at Pine Lake (Barry Watson and Mia Kirshner • May 19, 2012)
Not seen yet.

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How to Fall in Love (Eric Mabius, Brooke D'Orsay, Gina Holden, and Kathy Najimy • July 21, 2012)
Not seen yet.

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The Music Teacher (Annie Potts, Kerry James and Emilie Ullerup • August 11, 2012)
Not seen yet.

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Smart Cookies (Jessalyn Gilsig and Patricia Richardson • August 18, 2012)
Not seen yet.

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Puppy Love (Candace Cameron Bure and Victor Webster • September 8, 2012)
Not seen yet.

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I Married Who? (Kellie Martin and Ethan Erickson • October 20, 2012)
Not seen yet.

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Christmas Song (Countdown to Christmas • Natasha Henstridge and Gabriel Hogan • November 3, 2012)
Oh joy. A movie with high school kids singing. Apparently somebody at Hallmark saw High School Musical from six years ago... or saw an episode of Glee*... then decided "HEY! WE SHOULD COMBINE THIS WITH A HALLMARK ROMANCE MOVIE!". Naturally, it's a complete failure, despite the two leads being pretty great (NATASHA HENSTRIDGE!). But anyway... when an all-boys-school and an all-girls-school have to merge, they need to cut the redundant staff. So when the music teachers from each school compete their students in a Christmas concert to determine who gets fired, animosity ensues. But when each teacher uses computer dating to find the perfect match... only to get paired up with each other, Hallmark ensues and the ending is so embarrassingly telegraphed and predictable as to be funny. What's so sad is that if you were to cut out all the moronic nonsense with the kids, they could have built a pretty good movie around the romance story. Oh well. At least we didn't have to suffer through Christmas Song 2 next to High School Musical 17. — *As an aside, they copied Glee right down to the kid in a wheelchair, but had several moments where people were pushing his chair without being asked. You just don't do this! Most persons in wheelchairs are perfectly capable of living their lives without assistance, and Hallmark implying they are not is a disservice.

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Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade (Countdown to Christmas • Autumn Reeser and Antonio Cupo • November 4, 2012)
Not seen yet.

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The Wishing Tree (Countdown to Christmas • Jason Gedrick, Erica Cerra and Richard Harmon • November 10, 2012)
Not seen yet.

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Matchmaker Santa (ountdown to Christmas • Lacey Chabert, Florence Henderson and John Ratzenberger • November 17, 2012)
Not seen yet.

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It's Christmas, Carol! (Countdown to Christmas • Emmanuelle Vaugier and Carrie Fisher • November 18, 2012)
Not seen yet.

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Naughty or Nice (Countdown to Christmas • Hilarie Burton, Matt Dallas and Danneel Ackles • November 24, 2012)
Not seen yet.

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Hitched for the Holidays (Countdown to Christmas • Joey Lawrence and Emily Hampshire • November 25, 2012)
Not seen yet.

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✓ Favorite A Bride for Christmas (Countdown to Christmas • Arielle Kebbel and Andrew Walker • December 1, 2012)
Third time was not a charm for a runaway bride who ditched three poor guys at the altar. Marriage is also not in the cards for a guy who is having too much fun to settle down. But all that may change when he takes a bet to get a woman to marry him by Christmas, which is just four weeks away! And guess who the woman is he's going to try and get to marry him? And he's not the only one! Her previously-dumped fiancé also wants another shot at marriage. This flick was unexpectedly funny, but it was the cast... from the leads on down to the bit parts... were why I think I enjoyed it so much.

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The Christmas Heart (Countdown to Christmas • Teri Polo and Paul Essiembre • December 2, 2012)
Wow. This one tested my ability to suspend disbelief AND my gag reflex. A rural Cleveland street known for its display of Christmas candle lights decides to go dark when a teen paperboy ends up in the hospital in need a heart transplant. Lucky for the dying teen, a guy in Detroit dies just just before the birth of his child, and he's a perfect donor match. Alas, there's no transport available and a blizzard is coming! Lucky for the dying teen a small plane with a Santa pilot(!) is found to carry the heart and a surgeon. But the blizzard! They can't see to land! If only a street known for their Christmas candle lights had a way of showing the plane where to land! What's awful here is that they did their best to make the heart donor seem like a down-on-his-luck loser with a heart of gold... and to make the drama surrounding the teen in the hospital absolutely unbearable. Seriously, I couldn't take it and had to fast-forward through endless scenes of weepy, overly-dramatic nonsense. Barf. Not Hallmark's best by a longshot.

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Christmas Dance (Countdown to Christmas • Andrew McCarthy and Michelle Nolden • December 8, 2012)
Guy is trying to impress his incredibly wealthy girlfriend's dad... who also happens to be his boss. And what better way to do that than to take dance lessons so he can dazzle everybody at daddy's annual Christmas Dance and propose to her? But... uh oh... now he's falling in love with his dance instructor! And... uh oh... she's about to lose her dance studio to a big, evil corporation! And... uh oh... that big, evil corporation is the one he works for! What to do? What to do? I'm not a big dancing fan, so I found this one mostly boring and the "What would you choose... love or money?" angle to be pretty lame and predictable given this is a Hallmark romance flick.

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✓ Good Help for the Holidays (Countdown to Christmas • Summer Glau and John Brotherton • December 9, 2012)
Summer Glau found a new career in Hallmark movies after Firefly was stupidly canceled, and I can't seem to figure out if that's a good thing. They have her playing an elf for crying out loud. Christine the Elf gets called to Santa's chambers with an emergency mission... seems a family has lost their Christmas spirit, and she is charged with helping them get it back! For what it is, this movie is fairly well thought out (the magic purse is funny and the magic book is clever). Christine has to go to The Real World where everything is new and strange but, thankfully, they don't make her too obnoxiously naive and moronic about it all. There she becomes a nanny for the kids while the parents run a Christmas shop without any conviction for the holiday. Slowly but surely Christmas magic starts to return to the family... but it's the kids' hunky and handsome Uncle David who has a magical surprise for Christine! Fun, cute, an clever, this is one of those movies I loathe that is actually pretty good. Also? The guy they got to play Santa in this one is probably the best I've seen.

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✓ Favorite Christmas with Holly (Hallmark Hall of Fame • Sean Faris and Eloise Mumford • December 9, 2012)
My home state of Washington is the setting for many, many Hallmark films so they can shoot in Canada and nobody will know the difference. This one, set in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island was actually filmed in Nova Scotia. After getting left at the altar, a woman decides to leave Seattle and move to an island in the San Juans so she can open a toy store. Meanwhile, a man raising his little niece (who hasn't spoken since her mother died) moves back to the island when Holly's school refuses to advance her into the first grade. Alas, he's moving in with his two brothers, which makes for an interesting dynamic for poor Holly. When the man and woman meet, could there be romance in the air? This is a heartwarming movie which takes its time to get to the romance, but it's time well-spent. Beautiful scenery, good acting, and a sweet story make it worth watching.

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Baby's First Christmas (Countdown to Christmas • Casper Van Dien and Rachel Wilson • December 15, 2012)
Johnny Rico from Starship Troopers is a wealthy conservative lawyer and a bit of a selfish jerk. "Female Motel Guest" from Schitt's Creek is a liberal environmental lawyer who really cares about people. They are total opposites and hate each other... but their siblings are married with one kid and a baby on the way, so they are forced to team up when disaster strikes. Their siblings are broke, and about to lose their house to foreclosure, so Johnny Rico and "Female Motel Guest" have to run around New York trying to save their home all while complications with the new baby at the hospital are looming. Will a wealthy billionaire with a head wound, a lost dog named Lammy, and a precocious niece get in the way of them falling in love? Don't be silly! This is Hallmark! This movie just got more preposterous as it went on. All the crazy coincidences and wild circumstances are chalked up to a Christmas miracle, but it all felt so lazy. By the time we get to the little niece calling a radio show so all of New York can help them out, I was completely checked out.

   

   

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