Baking up a Business
Vivien (Aimee Teegarden - Love and Honor) and Chloe (Krysta Rodriguez - Wishin' and Hopin) are not just friends but also cousins and have always been close. And thanks to their aunt, Isabelle (Linda Lavin - Another Woman's Child), they have a shared passion for cooking, although whilst Vivien has stayed to work in their aunt's quaint Boulangerie Chloe has become a chef's assistant to a high profile TV cook. But when Isabelle passes away the cousins find themselves having inherited the business and are at odds over whether to keep it traditional or update it to move with the times. But on top of this they discover that their aunt had been racking up the debts with the bank and now they have just 3 months to get their act together and save the business which is made a little bit more complicated as Vivien becomes close to Paul (Ward Horton) who works for the bank.
Romantic, flowing sounds of the continent lead you in to "My Bakery in Brooklyn", tempting you like the aroma of freshly baked bread wafting through the air. Unfortunately once you get beyond this opening temptation what then follows is the sort of movie which you might expect to watch on the Hallmark Channel. We have a business which is on the verge of being repossessed due to secret debts, we have some romance and of course some bickering as a couple of cousins don't see eye to eye on the way the business should go till eventually they end up uniting and remembering what their aunt taught them when it came to cooking. To put it bluntly "My Bakery in Brooklyn" is kind of generic but also kind of pleasant if you enjoy the uncomplicated innocence of a TV movie.
The trouble is that if you are a fan of say Hallmark movies then "My Bakery in Brooklyn" is only going to end up as nothing special. The characters, the comedy, the plot lines they all end up entertaining but not over memorable and it is the same with the acting. Aimee Teegarden, Krysta Rodriguez along with Ward Horton are all mildly entertaining and easy to watch but the characters they play are so typical that by the time you get round to watching the next easy going made for TV movie you are likely to have forgotten them.
What this all boils down to is that "My Bakery in Brooklyn" is mostly a movie on the level of a Hallmark movie although it does have some elements which you wouldn't find lurking in those easy to watch movies. But in the end it just feels like a movie which whilst having a good look doesn't offer up anything out of the ordinary to make it memorable.