Kevin Sorbo and Kate Vernon in Last Chance Cafe (2006

Just Passing Through

It is at her cop father's funeral that Hallie Boyer (Kate Vernon) is approached by an old friend of her father's with some thing he was told to show Hallie if the day came. It turns out that a group of corrupt cops along with Paul (John Novak), Hallie's former husband who is also the DA, were responsible for her father's death. Fearing for her life and also her daughter Kiley's (Jessica Amlee) Hallie decides they should flee town before her former husband realises that she knows the truth. Making it to a small town Hallie finds herself constantly looking over her shoulder in case Paul finds her but she also finds herself falling for handsome rancher Chance Coulter (Kevin Sorbo).

I wonder when an actor like Kevin Sorbo reads a script he thinks haven't I seen this before or just thinks, easy money. I say that because "Last Chance Cafe" reminded me of a dozen or so made for TV movies where an abused wife is fleeing from her horrible husband, some times with a kid in tow, and finding herself in a small town where she finds romance with a decent guy. I could go on mentioning similarities as whilst the wife isn't abused in "Last Chance Cafe" the fact her husband is involved with the law is as typical as the new romance involves a nice guy rancher who all the locals like.

So basically there isn't much originality in "Last Chance Cafe" but it doesn't need it as the simple storyline of a woman finding love with a nice guy in a small town where everyone is friendly is simply pleasant. And making "Last Chance Cafe" so pleasant is the likeable Kevin Sorbo who delivers that charm, that laid back nature and also that good guy element which you know when he has to he would be willing to throw a punch to protect someone. There is also Kate Vernon who also delivers likeable but it is because of Sorbo which makes the movie entertaining even in the scenes where it throws some cheesy romance at us.

What this all boils down to is that "Last Chance Cafe" is just a minor deviation from a routine abused woman on the run storyline. But it works in an easy to watch sort of way thanks to Kevin Sorbo delivering that nice guy performance he does so well.