Jennie Garth in Accidentally in Love (2011)

Garth's Encounter with a Rabbit

When Eddie Avedon (Ethan Erickson) decided to become an actor he didn't imagine he would be making his living dressed in a rabbit costume and be bouncing around as Mulligan on a kids TV show. It is why the minute they stop recording he is in a bad mood and that leads to him banging in to Annie Benchley (Jennie Garth) when her old car is broken down at a set of traffic lights. It is not a good first meeting with Eddie behaving like an impatient jerk but it won't be there last where upon Eddie learns that Annie has a daughter who is losing her sight and one of the things she loves is Mulligan the rabbit.

I watch a lot of Hallmark movies and whilst it would be fair to say when it comes to their romantic comedies the main formula has stayed the same some things have changed over the years. It may only be 5 years since "Accidentally in Love" was made but you can see the difference to their more recent romantic comedies with a greater focus on set piece comedy. For example in "Accidentally in Love" Eddie ends up in a police cell after being pulled over for a traffic violation and he ends up having the other guys in the holding cell help him rehearse his lines. Whilst it is amusing this sort of comedy is always on the forced side and so many of the set piece gags in this end up feeling too focused upon.

The thing is that once you look past the forced comedy "Accidentally in Love" has that formula which sees chalk n cheese characters fall in love after a less then pleasant first meeting. As such what we get is a lot of comical arguing between Eddie and Annie following their car accident but when you introduce a young child who is losing their sight and of course the issues start to melt away and the cuteness starts to form. I really don't need to go in to specifics of what happens although to be honest it is only routine at best with Jennie Garth and Ethan Erickson looking the part but not having great chemistry either romantic or comedy wise.

What this all boils down to is that "Accidentally in Love" is pleasent enough with a nice looking cast and a nice formula driven storyline. But it isn't a great Hallmark movie because this is one where all the comedy ends up feeling forced.