Picking the Right Blueberry
Whilst Ellen Branford (Alison Sweeney - Christmas at Holly Lodge) is a city attorney, she is dealing with the death of her beloved grandmother (Shirley Jones - Hidden Places). And as she promised her grandmother before she died she is heading to where her grandmother grew up in Maine so that she can hand deliver a letter to the man who was her childhood sweetheart but whose heart she broke. On arriving in Beacon, Maine Ellen quickly makes a splash when she falls into the sea and is rescued by a local called Roy (Marc Blucas - Miss Christmas). It turns out Roy is the great nephew of the man who Ellen is in town to deliver a letter to but has sadly recently died. Ellen decides to stay in town longer than she intended and whilst trying to learn more about her grandmother's childhood becomes close to Roy despite having a boyfriend back in the city. But Roy is struggling to keep his late uncle's blueberry farm running and prevent it from being swallowed up by a large, faceless company.
Once again I find myself watching a Hallmark Channel movie and wondering what to say about it which I haven't said dozens of other times when I have reviewed other Hallmark movies. This is the situation I find myself in having watched "The Irresistible Blueberry Farm" which uses the incredibly familiar storyline of a city career woman ending up in a quaint small town and despite having a boyfriend in the city finds herself not only falling in love with the place but falling in love with a down to earth local. But of course that is not enough in a modern Hallmark movie and so we have the handsome local having business trouble. Some might say not more cliches but as I always say; those who seek out Hallmark movies to watch, such as "The Irresistible Blueberry Farm", do so because they like the easy to watch nature of the familiar along with the innocence.
That sense of the familiar extends to most of the cast as we have Alison Sweeney and Mark Blucas bringing their likeable charm to "The Irresistible Blueberry Farm" which adds to its already easy to watch nature. At the same time you also have Kavan Smith giving us the usual slickness of being a city career guy who just happens to be a politician. But then there is Shirley Jones who plays the grandmother who has passed away and this is where "The Irresistible Blueberry Farm" gets a little quirky as the grandmother appears when ever Ellen is on her own, like she is her conscience or something and of course grandmother's always know best when it comes to matters of the heart.
What this all boils down to is that "The Irresistible Blueberry Farm" is an extremely typical and charming Hallmark movie. It means that for fans of Hallmark movies this is going to entertain but as is often the case could be a little too nice for those not use to lashings of Hallmark charm.