Hallmark's Grapes of Wrath
Back in their high school days Frankie Baldwin (Rachael Leigh Cook) and Nate DeLuca (Brendan Penny) were an item but it didn't last. But now years later, and having trained to be a doctor, Nate returns whilst Frankie never left, staying to help run her father's vineyard. But when her father decides to employ a new manager Frankie decides to use every penny she has to buy Sorrento Farm and the vineyard except as Frankie is buying the farm off of of Glow Sorrento (Jill Teed) Nate is also buying it from her recently divorced husband. With Judge Pricket (Julian Christopher) telling them taking it to court will take months he suggests that at least for now they split the property in order to bring in a harvest which not only leads to them sharing the farm building but competing with each other when it comes to the grapes.
Love, bickering and competition are 3 staples of many a Hallmark movie and they are unsurprisingly the staples of "Autumn in the Vineyard" another charmer from the family entertainment fact. As such, and I really don't need to say this, much of the movie focuses on Frankie and Nate bickering as they fight over the land with such gems as when Nate takes the big bedroom as it is on his side Frankie uses some of her brothers police tape to cut the kitchen in half with the oven, fridge and so on all on her side. I could go on but of course we are talking Hallmark movie and so you know that comical bickering will end up paving the way for rekindled romance.
And of course what this really means is that not only is "Autumn in the Vineyard" typically in the easy watching category of movies but is all about the look and the people. Now any movie which takes us to a sun kissed vineyard where the buildings are old but not dilapidated is going to charm you with that glimpse of a picture perfect world which might stoke that dormant desire of earning a living off of the land. And then there are the actors with both Rachael Leigh Cook and Brendan Penny having a certain appeal although once again I find myself not being convinced they had chemistry.
What this all boils down to is that "Autumn in the Vineyard" is your stereotypical Hallmark movie, high on the predictability and charm making it easy watching for those who seek out Hallmark movies to watch.