The Mechanics of a Made for TV Romance
Matti Dupree (Shenae Grimes-Beech) has returned home for her sister, Clare's (Emily Tennant), wedding but unfortunately her boyfriend Devin (William Vaughan) cancels going with her at the last minute just the disappointing news to go with a disappointing day as she is passed over for a promotion at work. Back home Matti discovers her dad, Doc (Lochlyn Munro), has taken on a new mechanic at the garage, Jake (Tyler Hynes), who as a child was often at the garage as his father's car was always breaking down. With Jake the best man at her sister's wedding Mattie finds herself spending a lot of time with him as the bill for the wedding has grown and they plan to call in a few favours to bring the costs down. But spending time with Jake and at the garage makes Matti begin to question not only whether Devin is right for her but also whether she really wants to return to her job in the city.
What is the difference between a movie shown on the Hallmark Channel and one shown on PixL? Yes there are channel differences but the movies often feel pretty interchangeable with similar movies built on familiar themes with even some familiar actors. As such "The Mechanics of Love" whilst shown on PixL i features the usual sort of romantic drama which would have been just at home on Hallmark with a young woman returning home and finding herself becoming close to a guy there despite having a career minded boyfriend in the city. Even a subplot surrounding her sister getting married but having doubts does not make this any less predictable although it does fill the storyline out.
But as I have mentioned many times before it is partly the easy to watch nature of these movies which appeals to the audience and that is where "The Mechanics of Love" comes to life in a laid back sort of way. Both Shenae Grimes-Beech and Tyler Hynes make their characters easy to like, giving them plenty of good natured charm whilst Lochlyn Munro has over the years graduated into a nice father figure in these types of movies.
What this all boils down to is that "The Mechanics of Love" is as typical a made for TV movie you will ever watch with story ideas any fan of TV movies will be familiar with. But it is full of warmth and charm and likeable characters which is what makes the movie.