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Hallmark Movies 2015

Last Updated on Sunday, September 1st, 2019

Dave!Here's a checklist of all the Hallmark original romance movies from 2015 along with my comments on those I've seen.

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


   

Hallmark Channel Originals 2015

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✓ Good Surprised by Love (Hilarie Burton, Paul Campbell, and Malcolm Stewart • January 3, 2015)
This is one of those “My parents don’t like my boyfriend so I’ll pretend to be dating my ex-boyfriend who they REALLY hated so they will think my current boyfriend is great by comparison” movies that you’d think would be more common than it is. Paul Campbell being cast as the hated ex-boyfriend was about the smartest move they could have made because he excels at this kind of stuff. Icing on the cake? TIM CONWAY in a terrific background role.

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✓ Okay A Novel Romance (Amy Acker and Dylan Bruce • January 10, 2015)
When a romance novelist with a massively successful first novel is convinced to step out from behind his alias and reveal himself to the world, things become complicated when a chance meeting on a plane derails his plans. It's a sweet enough movie, I suppose, but has one of those bizarre "YOU LIED TO ME!" twists that makes no sense at all. At least this time they actually bothered to try and explain it.

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✓ Favorite Bridal Wave (Arielle Kebbel and Andrew Walker • January 17, 2015)
Ever since I started really getting into Hallmark films, there's been a short list of movies that I've been desperate to see. High on that list was Bridal Wave, which has Andrew Walker (one of my long-time Hallmark faves in just his second Hallmark film), Arielle Kebbel (whom I've loved in everything she's done), AND JACLYN FRICKIN' SMITH! But I wasn't desperate enough to spend $10 to buy it on iTunes and risk being disappointed. Turns out I should have spent the cash, because this one is fantastic. It's a fun story, Walker and Kebbel are 100% golden, and it's everything you could want in a Hallmark movie. When a nurse is marrying the famous plastic surgeon she works for, things go a bit off the rails when she runs into a guy whose free-spirit lifestyle has her reevaluating her loveless relationship. This entire movie hinges on the viewer buying into the instant chemistry between the leads, and it is all there on-screen. This became a favorite within the first ten minutes.

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Love by the Book (Leah Renee and Kristopher Turner • January 24, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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Away and Back (Hallmark Hall of Fame • Jason Lee, Minka Kelly, and Maggie Elizabeth Jones • January 25, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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A Wish Come True (Countdown to Valentine's Day • Megan Park and Benjamin Hollingsworth • January 31, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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I Do, I Do, I Do (Countdown to Valentine's Day • Autumn Reeser, Antonio Cupo, and Shawn Roberts • February 6, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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So You Said Yes (Countdown to Valentine's Day • Kellie Martin and Chad Willett • February 7, 2015)
A woman who owns a boutique vintage wedding shop falls for the son of her competition at a more contemporary shop... and his mother is not happy. Can the happy couple keep their relationship together when they decide to marry while his mom is doing her best to break them up? Only Hallmark knows for sure! This is a combination of two Hallmark tropes that come together in unspectacular fashion, and I was pretty bored throughout. Kellie Martin is cute verging on quirky, but everybody else is pretty forgettable.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Love (Countdown to Valentine's Day • Katie Leclerc and Michael Rady • February 8, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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All of My Heart (Countdown to Valentine's Day • Lacey Chabert and Brennan Elliott • February 14, 2015)
When super-sweet aspiring chef Lacey Chabert inherits half a house, she convinces her co-owner to let her (eventually) buy him out so she can open a B&B. But once the co-owner loses his job, he decides to move in. Too bad they can't stand each other. You can guess the rest... they fall in love and open the B&B together. The end. At least until the sequels. This wasn't terrible, but it was terribly annoying. Lacey is way too sweet and the guy is way too slapstick and stupid. But the residents (including Ed Asner) make it worthwhile. Plus? Goats.

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Portrait of Love (Jason Dohring and Bree Williamson • March 14, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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Romantically Speaking (Heather Morris, Jonathan Bennett, and Teri Polo • April 9, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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Just the Way You Are (Candace Cameron Bure and Ty Olsson • May 9, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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Perfect Match (June Weddings • Danica McKellar and Paul Greene • June 20, 2015)
"You look like a princess! — Not a princess... the best you that you can be!" Barrrrrfff! Just when you think that new plots for Hallmark movies couldn't get any thinner... here it is. A couple can't agree on what they want for their wedding, so the mother of the groom hires both a wedding planner and an event planner to hash things out. Problem is... they've met before and THEY LOATHE EACH OTHER! But when forced to mesh their very different personalities to create the perfect wedding, they find themselves... AND DO NOT BE TOO SHOCKED HERE... falling for each other! The leads are okay (I like Danica McKellar quite a lot), but the supporting cast is a bit weak and the movie is a snooze. What's so absurd is that you're supposed to buy into the fact that the event planner guy could be this stupid and insensitive to what the bride wants... or that the groom-to-be could be so awful to his future wife. But oh well. They can't all be good... I just wish they would have found something better for Danica McKellar to do, as she's whip-smart and on the top of her game even when the movie isn't that great.

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Love, Again (June Weddings Teri Polo and Paul Johansson • June 21, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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A Country Wedding (June Weddings • Autumn Reeser and Jesse Metcalfe • June 27, 2015)
A famous country singer returns home to dispose of his childhood home... and runs across his childhood love who still lives next door. Inspired by being home again, he convinces his celebrity fiancé to get married there. Luckily his childhood girlfriend has reluctantly agreed to help him plan the wedding! ASSUMING HER HORSE RANCH DOESN'T GET FORECLOSED ON FIRST! Autumn Reeser is my favorite Hallmark actress and she has decent chemistry with Jesse Metcalfe... I just wish this had something, anything, to set it apart from something we've seen a dozen times before.

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✓ Good Family for Christmas (Lacey Chabert and Tyron Leitso • July 11, 2015)
Okay... first of all, TYRON LEITSO?!? Oh man. He played Eric on Wonderfalls, one of my favorite shows of all time that was canceled after just one season. It was very difficult to watch this movie without saying "I MISS YOU, WONDERFALLS!" Every time Tyron appears on screen. But anyway... Lacey Chabert is a successful news reporter with a hectic, busy life who has no time for Christmas. But then she makes a Christmas wish when she wonders what her life would be like if she had gone back to the guy she left for her career ten years ago... TYRON LEITSO... and it comes true! What follows is a funny left turn into suburbia where Lacey Chabert has been married to Tyron Leitso for ten years and has two kids. Yes, it's a Sliding Doors knock-off taking place at Christmastime, but it's a pretty good one. The ending is a given, of course, but it's the journey that's worth watching. Mostly for the cast... because what more could you want than Lacey Chabert and TYRON LEITSO!

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Lead With Your Heart (William Baldwin, Kari Matchett, and Steven Love • September 19, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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Love on the Air (Alison Sweeney and Jonathan Scarfe • September 26, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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✓ Okay Autumn Dreams (Fall Harvest • Jill Wagner and Colin Egglesfield • October 3, 2015)
HOLY SWEET HOME ALABAMA IN REVERSE, BATMAN! Two crazy kids from the country get married at 18 years old only to have their parents annul it immediately after because they're too young. Fifteen years later they are each engaged to be married to different people when... OH NOES!... their annulment was never processed and they're still married! So now the girl has to head to New York City to meet up with her now-successful-soon-to-be-ex so they can get an annulment. AGAIN! But there was a reason they were in love when they were teenagers, those feelings haven't gone away completely, and so... KABLAM! Love ensues. This is wholly unoriginal and even a little awful considering they both have to break up with their fiancé in order to be together (twisted!), but I really like the two leads in this one. UPDATE: After a second watching, am I the only one who wishes there was an alternate-reality movie where Young Ben and Young Annie told their parents to stuff it, then went on with their plans? I'd watch it! Oh, and one more thing... when Jill Wagner is trying on wedding dresses, the one she ends up with is not the dress for her. The lacey capped sleeves distract from her stunning beauty and she should have gone with one of the earlier sleeveless/capless dresses, which were perfect for her.

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✓ Okay Harvest Moon (Fall Harvest • Jessy Schram and Jesse Hutch • October 10, 2015)
=sigh= Yet another "Spoiled-Rich-Girl-Loses-Her-Money-And-Has-To-Earn-A-Real-Living-For-The-First-Time-In-Her-Life" movie. Which would be fine if they weren't so lazy about it all. Every possible stereotype that's been done to DEATH is here... you can essentially check them off a list. Though this time it's not a restaurant or a flower shop, it's a pumpkin farm her daddy bought her ages ago that was forgotten about (shades of Schitt's Creek!). Jessy Schram (Hannah from Veronica Mars!) makes the requisite number of stupid mistakes before she starts settling into life on the farm... and falling for the guy who has been running it. But because there's not enough cliches already, the guy is a widowed dad (=eyeroll). The acting is better than expected, which is what pushes this into "better than usual" territory.

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✓ Okay October Kiss (Fall Harvest • Ashley Williams and Sam Jaeger • October 17, 2015)
Poor Poppy can't catch a break... she can't hold a job, can't find a decent guy, and can't figure out a direction in life. But when she's hired as a temporary nanny for a widowed businessman, her luck might start to change. Ashley Williams (♥) is a total natural in these things and Sam Jaeger is great, but I couldn't get over the kids (WE DON'T WANT HER TO BE OUR MOMMY, WE WANT YOU TO MARRY OUR DAD!). They improve by the end, of course, but never so much that I was able to fully invest in this flick.

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'Tis the Season for Love (Countdown to Christmas • Sarah Lancaster and Brendan Penny • November 1, 2015)
So. Boring. Struggling actress in New York City heads back to her small-town home to spend Christmas with her mom. While there she finds that the love she left behind has moved on, is married, and has a family, which causes her to doubt her life choices. But then a visit to Santa sends her in a new direction... and a shot at a new love! But when her big break finally arrives, will she grab the brass ring in NYC or give up her dreams for a man? If you have to wonder what happens, you've never seen a Hallmark film before! Yes, it's formula, but it drops below average because of the snooze-inducing, boring story. Characters? Also boring. Don't watch this one too close to bedtime.

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Ice Sculpture Christmas (Countdown to Christmas • Rachel Boston, David Alpay, and Brenda Strong • November 7, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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Charming Christmas (Countdown to Christmas • Julie Benz and David Sutcliffe • November 8, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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I'm Not Ready for Christmas (Countdown to Christmas • Alicia Witt and George Stults • November 14, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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Christmas Incorporated (Countdown to Christmas • Shenae Grimes and Steve Lund • November 15, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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Northpole: Open for Christmas (Countdown to Christmas • Lori Loughlin, Bailee Madison, and Dermot Mulroney • November 21, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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Merry Matrimony (Countdown to Christmas • Jessica Lowndes and Christopher Russell • November 22, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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Once Upon a Holiday (Countdown to Christmas • Briana Evigan and Paul Campbell • November 25, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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12 Gifts of Christmas (Countdown to Christmas • Katrina Law and Aaron O'Connell • November 26, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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Crown for Christmas (Countdown to Christmas • Danica McKellar and Rupert Penry-Jones • November 27, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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A Christmas Detour (Countdown to Christmas • Candace Cameron Bure and Paul Greene • November 28, 2015)
While I don't usually mind Cadace Cameron in these things, in this one she's irritating to the point of distraction. Fussy, grating, and totally self-absorbed, she makes you loathe her from the first moment she appears on screen. In this installment, she's a writer trying to get to The Hamptons so she can spend the holidays with her fiancé's family. Since she's the writer of a "finding the perfect husband" article, she's confident that he's her perfect match. Her plans are foiled when a storm forces her plane to land in Buffalo. Unwilling to wait for the storm to pass, she teams up with a laid-back guy and a couple married 20 years to drive there instead. Of course she's had run-ins with the guy already and they irritate each other horribly, because that's the way all these things start out don't they? Of course she ends up falling for the guy and decides to ditch her fiancé despite promising to marry him, all because she decides he doesn't make her laugh enough. Savage. And cruel. And not one of Hallmark's best.

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Angel of Christmas (Countdown to Christmas • Jennifer Finnigan and Jonathan Scarfe • November 29, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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Just in Time for Christmas (Countdown to Christmas • Eloise Mumford, Michael Stahl-David, and Christopher Lloyd • December 5, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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On the Twelfth Day of Christmas (Countdown to Christmas • Brooke Nevin and Robin Dunne • December 12, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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A Christmas Melody (Countdown to Christmas • Lacey Chabert and Brennan Elliott • December 19, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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Christmas Land (Countdown to Christmas • Nikki Deloach and Luke Macfarlane • December 20, 2015)
Marcia Marcia Marcia Brady is the owner of Christmas Land, a winter tourist attraction that has languished as she grew older. When she dies, her granddaughter Nikki Deloach inherits the place. Thanks to Luke Macfarlane telling everybody that she was going to reopen it, the whole town is excited for her to arrive. But, surprise, she has no intention of opening it back up... she wants to sell it. But then an annoying brat asks her if she's the "Christmas Angel" who's going to re-open Christmas Land, and she decides to go ahead and do it (HELLA-LAME!). Eventually she has to decide whether she is going to revitalize Christmas Land and live up to her grandmother's legacy... or sell it to Al from Tool Time. Her boyfriend back in New York City wants her to sell. Her grandmother's lawyer wants her to invest and re-open. Alas, her grandmother's lawyer is dreamy Luke Macfarlane, so I think we all know what happens there. Cute in spots, but ultimately forgettable, the only reason this one is even a blip on my radar is because of the leads, which are great.

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When Calls the Heart: New Year's Wish (Countdown to Christmas • Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing, and Lori Loughlin • December 26, 2015)
Not seen yet.

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel Originals 2015

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The Christmas Note (The Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas • Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Greg Vaughan and Leah Gibson • November 29, 2015)
Not seen yet.

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Magic Stocking (The Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas • Bridget Regan and Victor Webster • December 6, 2015)
A single mom widow of three years doesn't even want to think of a new romance... especially around the holidays when her late husband took charge of the decorating. But when her daughter gets an old gaudy stocking as a freebie when buying some holiday crafts, things may start to change! The stocking keeps falling off the mantle, and each time some random item appears inside that guides their lives in a new direction. MAGIC! And one of those directions just might be into the arms of a handsome gazebo contractor! This is not the greatest Hallmark movie (it kind of drags and takes way too long to build up steam, then waffles way too long). AND it has an idiotic plot point at the end built around a lightbulb (every Christmas light in the ENTIRE town is strung together and plugged into a SINGLE outlet? Sure, Jan), but it does have the cutest possible puppies in it, so there's that.

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Debbie Macomber's Dashing Through the Snow (The Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas • Meghan Ory and Andrew Walker • December 13, 2015)
Yet another "Guy-Rents-The-Last-Car-So-Now-Woman-Can't-Get-Home-For-The-Holidays" movie. At least this time the woman actually questions the sanity of climbing into a car with a guy she doesn't know for a road trip. Andrew Walker is his usual awesome self, but Meghan Ory was a boat-load of neurotic crazy that left me wondering how in the heck we're supposed to believe that Andrew Walker would ever fall in love with her. Holy crap does this lazy stereotype get old. I spent most of the movie hoping that the FBI agents who mistook her for a terrorist eventually catch up to her so they can mow her down in a hail of bullets. Then maybe Andrew Walker could find a nice girl and settle down. I wish I would have known that they do a complete retrospective wrap-up at the very end, because that would have saved me from watching this clunker.

Netflix Originals 2015

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A Dogwalker's Christmas Tale (Lexi Giovagnoli and Jonathan Bennett • November 10, 2015
Haven't seen yet.

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Merry Kissmas (Lexi Giovagnoli and Jonathan Bennett • December 5, 2015
Haven't seen yet.

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✓ Favorite The Spirit of Christmas (Kati Salowsky and Thomas Boiduin • December 19, 2015)
Welp, here it is. The movie that changed everything. I was bored and Netflixing and saw what I thought was a ghost story... which is was... but it was more like a romance movie that happened to have a ghost in it. It didn't suck horribly, and I was pleasantly surprised. When I mentioned Spirit of Christmas, everybody thought I was talking about a Hallmark movie, which I didn't even know about. And so I made it my business to find out. And here we are. Anyway... Kate is a no-nonsense lawyer who is charged with selling a haunted estate. The ghost is the smoking hot, ovary-melting Thomas Boiduin, who is cursed to haunt the house after his murder, appearing only during the twelve days of Christmas. Not only does he materialize, but he is tangible so he can actually touch stuff. Including Kate. Together Kate and the ghost work together to uncover what happened to him before he disappears for another year. To the shock of nobody, they fall in love. The result is a pretty good flick for any genre.

   

   

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