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Hallmark Movies 2013

Last Updated on Monday, September 2nd, 2019

Dave!Here's a checklist of all the Hallmark original romance movies from 2013 along with my comments on those I've seen.

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


   

Hallmark Channel Originals 2013

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The Nearlyweds (Danielle Panabaker and Jessica Parker Kennedy • January 12, 2013)
Not seen yet.

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The Sweeter Side of Life (Kathryn Morris and James Best • January 19, 2013)
When a wealthy Manhattan socialite wife is dumped by her doctor husband for his 20-year-old acupuncturist, she's left with nothing thanks to an iron-clad prenup. Forced to move in with her dad in New Jersey and help out at the family bakery (which, of course, IS STRUGGLING TO STAY OPEN), she takes advantage of her business degree to turn her life (and the bakery) around. Of course romance is just around the corner too. This would have been a nice story if not for the idiotic slapstick comedy dumbassery. I mean, haven't we seen a disaster in the kitchen by somebody trying to bake... like... A BILLION TIMES ALREADY? HA HA HA HA HA! FLOUR DUMPED ON HER HEAD! HA HA HA HA HA! HE SPRAYED MILK IN HIS FACE FROM THE CAPPUCINO MACHINE! SO HILARIOUS! No thanks.

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Be My Valentine (William Baldwin and Natalie Brown • February 9, 2013 2.04)
Not seen yet.

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All's Fair In Love and Advertising (Steven Weber, Andrew Francis and Michelle Harrison • March 16, 2013)
Not seen yet.

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Remember Sunday (Alexis Bledel and Zachary Levi • April 21, 2013)
Not seen yet.

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Notes From Dad (Eddie Cibrian and Josie Davis • June 15, 2013)
Not seen yet.

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Banner 4th of July (Brooke White and Mercedes Ruehl • June 29, 2013)
Not seen yet.

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Second Chances (Alison Sweeney and Greg Vaughan • July 27, 2013)
Not seen yet.

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Reading, Writing, and Romance (Eric Mabius, Virginia Williams and Stefanie Powers • August 10, 2013)
Not seen yet.

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This Magic Moment (Diane Neal and Travis Schuldt • August 17, 2013)
Not seen yet.

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Chance at Romance (Erin Krakow and Ryan McPartin • October 5, 2013)
This movie has a male lead character named “Heath Mansen,” so you just know what’s in store before you even start. The plot at least tries to be unique. Woman is a huge fan of a photographer and just happens to meet said photographer on the street outside his gallery show. Taking a chance that the spark she felt was mutual, she emails to him on his website. Unfortunately for her, the website is run by the guy’s surprisingly not-so-terribly-annoying son, who pretends to be his dad online. After some back-and-forth, she gets invited to their home... only to find out, surprise, Heath Madsen doesn’t even know she exists! Everything that follows is not terrible by Hallmark standards, but the end it so laughably bad that I was actually groaning. NOBODY CARES ABOUT YOUR PHOTO SHOW FEATURING NOTHING BUT WEIRD PHOTOS OF THIS WOMAN YOU LIKE. Ugh.

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth and Crystal Lowe • October 12, 2013)
Not seen yet.

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The Thanksgiving House (Countdown to Christmas • Emily Rose and Justin Bruening • November 2, 2013)
Not seen yet.

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Snow Bride (Countdown to Christmas • Katrina Law, Jordan Belfi and Patricia Richardson • November 9, 2013)
Not seen yet.

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✓ Good A Very Merry Mix-Up (Countdown to Christmas • Alicia Witt and Mark Wiebe • November 10, 2013)
"This is weird." Alia of the Knife Atreides is traveling ahead to meet her future parents-in-law. But when her luggage is lost and her phone with the address is ruined by a random guy spilling her coffee on her, she has no idea where she's going. Except... GET THIS... the random guy JUST HAPPENS TO BE HER FIANCÉ'S BROTHER! IMAGINE THE ODDS! At least he SAYS he's her fiancé's brother... he might be a guy trying to get her in his car so he can murder her. And she totally trusts him with absolutely no credentials to prove he is who he says he is, so I was fully expecting her to get murdered. But anyway... as she hangs out with the family... and hangs out with her future brother-in-law... she falls in love with them. And him. So of course they have to make her fiancé be an egotistical jerk who doesn't care about her as much as he cares about making deals. That way it's okay that she cheats on him with the brother! While not terrible (I actually liked the story twist that I didn't see coming... and her not getting murdered), I have a hard time getting past stories where the only way to make it work is to inexplicably make somebody be evil who wasn't evil until the story called for them to be evil. But that's Hallmark for you.

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✓ Good The Christmas Ornament (Countdown to Christmas • Kellie Martin and Cameron Mathison • November 16, 2013)
I reeeeeally like Kellie Martin. Fortunately, finding her is never a problem because she's working constantly and has a number of series and movie series in rotation on Hallmark (Mystery Woman and Hailey Dean Mysteries to name a couple)... she's just so genuine and sweet. Which is why she was perfect in this. A widow is having a hard time keeping her late husband's cycle shop open and wants no part of the Christmas holidays because it brings back memories of him. But when Cameron Mathison comes along and delivers a Christmas tree from her best friend... along with an ornament to put on it from him... she finds herself falling into the Christmas spirit again. And falling in love with Cameron Mathison! A nice holiday diversion held together from two really good performances made this one of my favorites from this year (despite being a shameless and painfully obvious plug for Hallmark ornaments).

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✓ Okay Catch a Christmas Star (Countdown to Christmas • Shannon Elizabeth and Steve Byers • November 17, 2013)
Shannon Elizabeth is obviously the draw here, but the real star of this movie is Steve Byers. He plays a widowed dad with two kids who just happened to have dated one of the biggest singing stars on earth back in high school. When his daughter, who is a huge fan, finds out about her dad's past, she naturally thinks she's found a new boyfriend for him. One unescorted trip to Manhattan with her little brother later, and Shannon Elizabeth is in their lives. The entire story hinges on the dad being convincing as the guy who got left behind and has done his best to live through tragedy, and that's where Steve Byers nails it. This story has been told many times before... some of those many times by Hallmark... but this one escapes the middle of the pack. Sadly it kinda self-sabotages at the end, but you can't have everything.

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✓ Good Window Wonderland (Countdown to Christmas • Chyler Leigh and Paul Campbell • November 23, 2013)
Because I have a total crush on Chyler Leigh... and Paul Campbell is one of my favorite Hallmark actors, I had high hopes for this one. Two employees of a department store want the same job dressing windows: uptight and professional Chyler Leigh... and laid-back Paul Campbell. Their boss's solution? Have a competition and see who's window displays are a bigger hit with the public. But as the battle wages on, they may just end up being a hit with each other! Or will they? Because Chyler Leigh's boyfriend is... Cameron Mathison?!? Both lead actors do an admirable job in their roles (Campbell owns charming and aloof) and their chemistry makes the entire movie what it is. Except, like I said, not perfect. The idea that somebody could live in a department store without being caught is such a massive plot hole as to be laughable, plus there are other holes as well (cell phones don't work in the store and... what... none of the office phones work either?). And yet... the ending was wonderful and I could watch Paul Campbell in even the worst movie and still walk away thinking it was okay.

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Fir Crazy (Countdown to Christmas • Sarah Lancaster and Eric Johnson • November 24, 2013)
Not seen yet.

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Let It Snow (Countdown to Christmas • Candace Cameron Bure, Jesse Hutch and Alan Thicke • November 30, 2013)
Not seen yet.

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The Christmas Spirit (Countdown to Christmas • Nicollette Sheridan, Bart Johnson and Sammi Hanratty • December 1, 2013)
Not seen yet.

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Santa Switch (Countdown to Christmas • Ethan Erickson and Sean Astin • December 7, 2013)
Desperate to earn some money for the holidays to impress his kids, an unemployed and desperate dad takes a job as Santa. With his wife wanting a divorce after a year's separation and everything going wrong in his life, he suddenly gets a job... from the actual Santa Claus? Yup. Santa wants a vacation and this dad gets the job! And head-elf Sean Astin is there to help. This kind of movie is not really my cup of tea, and this one is even more forgettable seeing as how it's a low-budget version of The Santa Claus. But if you're craving wholesome Hallmark entertainment, this gets the job done.

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Hats Off to Christmas! (Countdown to Christmas • Haylie Duff and Antonio Cupo • December 14, 2013)
Not seen yet.

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✓ Favorite Finding Christmas (Countdown to Christmas • Tricia Helfer and JT Hodges • December 15, 2013)
After his plans for proposing to his girlfriend go terribly wrong, a wealthy New York City advertising executive swaps residences with a small-town North Carolina handyman (and wannabe musician)... J.T. Hodges! This results in new romantic possibilities for both of them... just in time for Christmas! Plus ZOMG! TRICIA HELFER! I really like this one. Sweet, cute, and holiday wonderful in all the right places. And the ending is note-perfect too.. no matter how unrealistic. I had no idea that J.T. Hodges acts, and he's darn good (plus sings beautifully)... but it's Tricia Helfer, whom I love with all my heart, that steals the show.

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Christmas with Tucker (James Brolin, Gage Munroe and Barbara Gordon • November 25, 2013)
Not seen yet.

   

   

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