A Hallmark Holiday Inn
Fiona Rangely (Lacey Chabert - The Sweetest Christmas) is a New York City real estate broker and work always seems to come first, which is why her boyfriend, Nate (Jesse Moss - A Ring by Spring), ends their relationship. Down in the dumps, Fiona and her best friend, Angela (Fiona Vroom), decide to head up to Vermont where her dad (Keith MacKechnie) and step mum (Rebecca Staab) run a beautiful holiday inn. There Fiona finds herself locking horns with Derek (Carlo Marks - Sleepwalking in Suburbia), the top chef who her dad has hired. But when Nate shows up with his new girlfriend Fiona persuades Derek to pretend to be her boyfriend to make Nate jealous and in return she will use her skills to persuade a nearby farmer to sell a plot of land so he can grow more of the produce he uses. But whilst Nate certainly pays attention to Fiona and Derek some thing unexpected happens for Fiona.
There have been many times I have heard people speak about the law of attraction, but as a movie lover and a fan of TV movies there is also some thing called the law of Hallmark attraction. Okay I made that up but anyone who is a fan of Hallmark romantic comedies knows that part of what these movies thrive on is appeal and that is what "Moonlight in Vermont" has an abundance of. That appeal starts with the adorable Lacey Chabert matched up with the handsome Carlo Marks, it is a combination which delivers the cute wholesomeness which draws you in to them as a couple falling in love.
Then "Moonlight in Vermont" has the appeal of her father's Vermont holiday inn, the sort of place which has a familiar look which makes you think that maybe they used it in another Hallmark movie, possibly a Christmas movie as it has the perfect exterior look. On the subject of which we do have this being set in Vermont which has a nice layer of snow and that combines with some traditions such as the local town having its annual Maple festival. It gives "Moonlight in Vermont" that picturesque location, the sort of place you would like to escape to and maybe never return from.
Now to be honest I could go on and mention that Fiona has some issues from her father having left the city and sold the family apartment to Derek being one of those guys who lives by the ethos of slow down and smell the maple syrup. But I don't think there is much need as "Moonlight in Vermont" doesn't stray from that familiar Hallmark movie formula and that is not a criticism as when they get it right, when a Hallmark movie delivers that easy to watch appeal, the almost escapism of a small town retreat which is twee and traditional, it is a joy for Hallmark fans like me.
What this all boils down to is that "Moonlight in Vermont" delivers every single thing that fans of Hallmark movies love and that makes it an absolute joy, especially for those who, like me, like Lacey Chabert.