Jennifer's Going Through the Motions
It's just another day for Jennifer Shannon (Lori Loughlin - Soldier's Love Story) as she heads to an estate where everything is up for sale. And along with her business partner, Dani (Sarah Strange - White Noise), and daughter, Hannah (Eva Bourne), they return back to their shop with a range of goodies including an old wedding dress. The discovery of a blooded secret pocket spikes Jennifer's curiosity and as she sets about discovering who had previously owned the dress she stumbles across an old mystery involving a groom who just seemed to disappear, never to be heard off again.
So far I have enjoyed the "Garage Sale Mystery" movies as whilst only a stereotypical take on the civilian turning amateur detective idea they have had a light-hearted side which has managed to keep them entertaining. Sadly "Garage Sale Mystery: The Wedding Dress" doesn't quite have the same vibe and I hate to say it but this 4th move in the "Garage Sale Mystery" series feels like it is going through the motions with a story built up of scenes which are only there because they worked in the previous movies.
As such what we get in "Garage Sale Mystery: The Wedding Dress" is Jennifer snooping, going to the library to look through the records, asking questions and trying to hide things from her husband, Jason, because he is concerned about her ending up in danger. In a way if I stumbled across this before watching the previous "Garage Sale Mystery" movies I might find it more entertaining but having watched the previous three movies in this Hallmark series all it seems now is too typical and in need of some variation and new ideas. And even more sadly is the fact the mystery surrounding the disappearing groom and the wedding dress isn't enough to keep your interest.
Of course there are other things going on in "Garage Sale Mystery: The Wedding Dress"; there is Jennifer's daughter's romantic tribulations but these are not that interesting and there is Jennifer trying to keep her amateur detective work a secret from her husband. But none of this is that entertaining or at least enough that it adds a layer of freshness to what ends up a too familiar movie.
What this all boils down to is that "Garage Sale Mystery: The Wedding Dress" feels like it is only going through the motions. For some that won't be an issue but for me it just felt like this needed some new ideas rather than more of what we had in the previous three movies.