Love, Again (2015) Teri Polo, Paul Johansson, Chloe Babcook, Christopher Russell, Zak Santiago Movie Review

Love, Again (2015)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Paul Johansson and Teri Polo in Love, Again (2015)

One True Love

When their daughter Amanda (Chloe Babcook - Undergrad Nightmare) was young Chloe (Teri Polo - The Christmas Shepherd) and David (Paul Johansson - A Daughter's Nightmare) were very much in love. But over the years, and after Amanda left home, the cracks began to show and now they are on the verge of breaking up as they no longer have anything in common, a situation they have kept from their daughter. So when Amanda returns home and drops the news on them that she is getting married to boyfriend Jeremy (Christopher Russell - Merry Matrimony) it forces Chloe and David to keep the masquerade of being happily married going a bit longer and that means sharing a bed again, having long been sleeping in separate rooms. But as they are forced to spend time together Chloe and David begin to remember how good things once were and how much they loved and in truth still love each other.

Welcome to the world of sledge hammer movie making where a movie is made to be intentionally obvious. So to highlight a couple's marriage troubles they not only sleep in separate bedrooms but they also have separate sinks way apart from each other. They also nearly crash in to each other when they leave for work because that highlights them no longer being in tune with each other. The lack of subtlety in "Love, Again" also extends to other things so when David's mobile phone rings it is from "office urgent" and it seems that neither can pass up on an opportunity to take a verbal swipe at each other such as a bottle of wine from 89 is bad because that is the year they got married.

The thing is that "Love, Again" is a Hallmark movie and as such is made for an audience who actually don't mind a lack of subtlety because being obvious makes a movie easy to watch. And as such this also delivers the moments of light hearted fun you expect from a Hallmark romantic comedy as we have Chloe and David trying to keep up the pretence of being happily married. But it also delivers that romance of a couple realising that they do still love each other with life having gotten in the way and they have forgotten what it is about each other they love, whilst realising they work better as a team.

Aside from that there isn't a great deal to say about "Love, Again" other than Paul Johansson shows a gift for awkward humour which makes him a perfect fit for these sorts of movies and not just the dark roles he finds himself in in made for TV thrillers. Plus of course there is Teri Polo who is very much at home in this sort of lightweight romantic comedy.

What this all boils down to is that "Love, Again" is a solid Hallmark comedy which works through the "better together" storyline of a married couple falling back in love again. But it isn't one which stands out from the crowd and is only an enjoyable distraction not something you will feel like you need to watch again.