A Stranger with a Secret
Sugarcreek is a small community in the heart of Amish country where Rachel Troyer (Sarah Lancaster) having been raised there is the local policewoman. Rachel is concerned for her three Amish aunts Bertha (Kelly McGillis), Anna (Marianna Alacchi) and Lydia (Annie Kitral) who raised her when she was an orphan as they are getting on in years and run a farmhouse inn which is in a state of disrepair. Enter Joe (Tom Everett Scott) a stranger who shows up in town with his son Bobby (Thomas Kapanowski) whose jeep has broken down and has lost his wallet. Naturally suspicious Rachel starts prying in to who Joe is whilst he helps out around the inn, doing it up for them. With the aunts trying to match make Rachel and Joe, she uncovers the surprising truth as to who Joe is and why he is so cagey about his past, but in doing so it forces him to face up to things as his past catches up to him.
Let me start by saying there are reviews of "Love Finds You in Sugarcreek" on the web which tells you what it is Joe is so cagey about and what he seems to be running away from. There is nothing wrong with that except who Joe is and what his secrets may be are actually part of the movie's appeal, that little bit of mystery early on which spikes are interest as to who this scruffy guy is who drives a nice vehicle and is obviously very protective towards his son. Once you strip away that mystery aspect what you have left with is what sounds like a routine movie as a single policewoman falls for the kind, mystery man with a little help from her quirky aunts. As such if you have ended up here first looking for information on "Love Finds You in Sugarcreek" just be wary that some other reviews give major plot elements away without warning you.
Aside from that "Love Finds You in Sugarcreek" benefits from a good casting with Tom Everett Scott doing a surprisingly good job of playing Joe, I say surprisingly as Scott has this nice guy thing about him but he pulls of the unkempt look remarkably well whilst also delivering that aspect of being protective of his past. Then there is Sarah Lancaster who in the past has appeared in movies where she has been cast because of her looks but here as Rachel she gets to deliver character as well which she achieves by bringing the romantic aspect of her character but also the concerned cop.
There is one other thing about "Love Finds You in Sugarcreek" which is a smart piece of casting as we have Kelly McGillis cast as one of the Amish aunts. For those who don't know McGillis starred in "Witness" a movie from 1985 where she played a young Amish woman and whilst the movies are not connected it is a nice touch.
What this all boils down to is that "Love Finds You in Sugarcreek" is actually a pleasant surprise of a movie as there is a very obvious side to it but there is also a more inspired side with some heart and soul. It isn't going to be for everyone as this is a movie which touches on the scripture and has a bit of sentimental side but for those who want something with heart and soul but easy to watch this should work.