Oh Danny's Girl

Laura Leighton in Daniel's Daughter (2008)

As a child Cate Mandighan loved life in the Irish community of New Kerry, Massachusetts until her mother passed away and knowing that he couldn't raise her by himself her father sent Cate to live with relatives she had never even met. Twenty plus years later and Cate is now Catherine, a high successful chief editor of a New York City lifestyle magazine and is due to be married to the much older Stewart Wallach, a media tycoon, which makes their wedding the social event of the year. But then out of the blue she receives a letter from her father who having died wishes for Catherine to return to New Kerry to scatter his ashes where he scattered her mum's whilst his friends Cavanaugh and Donahue sing. Initially not interested Catherine and her assistant Jeffrey head to New Kerry where not only does she find getting Cavanaugh and Donahue to sing not easy as they fell out long ago but she meets Connor who she grows close to causing her conflict over her wedding to Stewart.

There are three key scenes in "Daniel's Daughter" which I would say all happen within the first 20 minutes. We see that Catherine is due to marry a much older man who doesn't want children, we see that Catherine has issues of abandonment to deal with when it comes to her father having sent her to live with relatives and then there is the handsome and more age appropriate Connor back in New Kerry. Now the only way you cannot predict how this movie will go will be if it is the first time you have watched one of these Hallmark style movies as everything about "Daniel's Daughter" is predictable.

Now I have long given up paying close attention to accents when it comes to these types of movies as rarely do they sound right and so with so many twangs of Irish and Oirish in the air "Daniel's Daughter" could possibly offend just about anyone. But it does have the escape clause tossed in of being set in the fictional New Kerry, Massachusetts and its Irish community. As such taken for what it is and "Daniel's Daughter" is a charming little movie with a pleasant cast who hit their cues and allow you to warm to them in a light manner, light because the depth of this movie is no deeper than a puddle.

What this all boils down to is that "Daniel's Daughter" is typical; typical story, typical romance, typical characters and even typical attempts at accents. For some the typical will be annoying but as a minor distraction "Daniel's Daughter" is a pleasant afternoon watch.

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