Cup of Love (2016) Anna Hutchison, Nikolás Rincón, David Ojalvo, Taliana Vargas Movie Review

Cup of Love (2016)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Anna Hutchison and Nikolás Rincón in Cup of Love (2016)

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Zoe Walker (Anna Hutchison - Firehouse Christmas) is a food scientist for Star Kreme and having designed a new flavour her boss sends her on a mission to Colombia to find a coffee bean supplier with an interesting back story which they can use to sell and appeal to millennials. With the promise of her own lab, Zoe finds herself travelling to the hard to reach village of Salento where Diego Valdez (Nikolás Rincón) runs The Dancing Goat Coffee Plantation, a grower of stunning coffee beans. The trouble for Zoe is that Diego is not overly keen on doing business with her because she works for an uncaring multi-national company. But as Zoe spends time with Diego and even helps with the final harvest the two of them find themselves sharing chemistry.

Let me describe a couple of scenes from "Cup of Love" to you. The first scene features Zoe trying to get to the remote village where she is told some really good coffee beans come from. Of course Zoe is inappropriately dressed for the journey as it requires a hike up a mountain where the path is muddy and the bridges are narrow. And wouldn't you believe it she drops her phone onto some leaves in a river and goes chasing after it. Hopefully that scene gives you an idea of what to expect from "Cup of Love" but if not you then how about the scene where Zoe and Diego meet for the first time and of course they don't see eye to eye, well at least initially.

With those couple of scenes described I am sure you can tell what sort of light entertainment "Cup of Love" is and I should add to that there is a former girlfriend of Diego's on the scene to cause trouble as it becomes clear that Diego and Zoe are falling for each other. The trouble with "Cup of Love" is that it is one of those movies which don't appreciate the appeal of subtlety and so many of the scenes rather than being amusing end up being cheesy served with a sledge hammer. And it is the cheesy nature of "Cup of Love" which spoils it, although thankfully this isn't the sort of movie which is so cheesy that you remember it for being so.

What this all boils down to is that "Cup of Love" doesn't quite work as well as it possibly could have and ends up a little too cheesy due to it treating a familiar set up in a less than subtle way.