Hallmark's "You Had Me At Aloha" QUIZ! Plus How Kavan Smith & Pascale Hutton Create Such Fun Banter

Starring:  Pascale Hutton and Kavan Smith

Released:  2021

Summary:  A television show replacement is paired up with a man who promises to push everything for the ratings, and the two of them grapple for control.

Pascale Hutton & Kavan Smith  Image: Crown Media

Fun Banter Between Hutton & Pascale

Aside from the breathtaking scenery from the island of Oahu, one of the best aspects of You Had Me At Aloha is the back-and-forth dialogue between Paige Marshall (Pascale Hutton) and Ben Burton (Kavan Smith) as they co-host the travel program, Next Destination.  

The clever ribbings they give each other are so natural and fluid.  How do they interact so unscripted and real?  The answer is Hutton and Smith created the story and invented their own characters, so the script is a perfect fit.  The two actors work together on When Calls the Heart and starred in both The Perfect Bride movies, so they have fallen into a good rhythm with one another that feels organic and seamless.  


Hutton and Smith also invited Rick Garmin aboard to help write the script.  Garmin is known for being a funny writer who creates playful and humorous banter between characters.  

Faithful Hallmark viewers can attest that many movies are redundant in repackaging the same old thing when it comes to comedy.  For example, how many times do characters in Christmas movies drink hot cocoa and wind up with an exaggerated amount of marshmallows or whipped topping on their noses and upper lips?  It's cute once and then quickly goes flat in subsequent movies.

The wit in You Had Me At Aloha is refreshing and original.

Millie volunteers Ben & Paige to do the hula at a luau.  Image: Crown Media

Paige & Ben Balance Each Other

Some people argue that opposites attract while others insist the more two people are alike, the better.  

Before my husband and I were married, our pastor wisely stated that if both of us were exactly alike, one of us would be unnecessary.  

Paige is ultra organized, well-researched, and prefers a plan and a script.  She's very content watching the action from the privacy of a dark office.  Ben flies by the seat of his pants, prefers to ad-lib, and craves hands-on adventure.

Kavan Smith is still quite the hunk at age 50.  Image: Crown Media

In an interview, Hutton shares that in real life, it's just the opposite.  She does advance research on a culture, but then she allows things to unfold on its own once she arrives at the destination.  When it comes to traveling, Smith is actually the one who likes to create a plan and stick to it to maintain control.  

As the movie progresses, we see both characters bend so they can meet happily in the middle.  Paige tries to "chill" and enjoy unplanned fun, as the opportunity arises, and Ben engages in a little more research, strategizing, and at least partially sticking to a script.  Whether it's dealing with a co-worker, family member, or significant other, it's a good lesson to learn--value the input of those around you and find ways to compromise.  

In other words, Paige and Ben bring out the best in each other, which is one reason why, when Todd Harper returns to host Next Destination, Paige quits.  The onscreen magic she creates with Ben cannot be replicated with Todd.

What Bad Experience Still Bothers You?

Although most of us probably haven't been chased by screaming goats and mocked by 10 million people from the subsequent YouTube footage, the concept of allowing our past hurts to put a damper on future progress is very relatable.

Maybe you've had your heart broken, so you hesitate to open your heart to anyone else again.  If you've ever been criticized and embarrassed by something or had a damaging experience of some kind, you never want to put yourself in a position to allow it to happen again.  You stop taking risks, and the result is you allow one traumatic event to define and shape you and prevent you from being an overcomer who lives life to the fullest and embraces your full potential.

Paige is ridiculed as "The Goat Lady."  The one time she dared to go off script to film herself with goats was the biggest mistake of her life.  People still laugh at her or mock her with "baaaa" sounds, and it cuts her to the quick.  It's why she stopped hosting programs and became a producer--so she could hide behind-the-scenes.  

If Paige would just learn to laugh it off, maybe she wouldn't feel so baaaaad.  Image: Crown Media

What's holding you back?  It's time to shrug it off and not let it stop you!

Similarly, Ben wasn't always a daredevil.  He had been in a serious relationship where he planned to settle down, have a home, and raise a family.  When the relationship ended, it pushed him the opposite direction where he avoided settling down or following a regimented schedule. 

When we are hurt, we try to find ways to insulate ourselves, but it only builds barriers without healing the damage.  

Ben takes a chance on love again, and Paige finally moves forward on creating a mystery destination show that she co-hosts with him.  Both leave their baggage in the past to embrace a promising future.  We should all do the same. 

Vacation Bubbles

Another relatable aspect of the You Had Me At Aloha is how vacations make you feel like you're living in a happy bubble.  

When the stresses of work and daily living are absent, vacations broaden your boundaries.  You can act without as much restraint because you aren't trying to maintain an image.  Most likely, you will never see the people you encounter on vacation ever again.  That means you can dress differently, go without makeup, and not worry about keeping up appearances.  You don't have to stick to a tight schedule, and you feel more daring to try new things you'd never attempt back home.

Under the spell of the romantic atmosphere of Hawaii, Paige forces herself to duck Ben's first kiss.  She loves the Hawaii bubble, but the reality is she plans to return to New York while he heads to L.A., and it will all be over.  Why risk a broken heart?

Still, the two enjoy participating in a Tahitian dance, snorkeling, finding restaurants off the beaten path, a sunset cruise, time at the pool, fireworks, and a trivia challenge.  Wouldn't it be nice if we could live life every day as if we were in a vacation bubble?  

Shake it, but don't break it!  Image: Crown Media

To learn more about the Hawaiian locations where the movie was filmed, click here.  

Who Loves Pineapple?

Hawaii is famous for its pineapple farms and boasts the sweetest fruit in the world.  People usually love or hate pineapple.  Where do you land?  

In the summer, pineapple is delicious grilled along with meat and veggies in kabobs, in smoothies, or just grilled by itself.  You can find one of my favorite grilled pineapple recipes here.  

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Hallmark 2021 Spring Fling Premieres Recap

Hallmark celebrated spring with five new Spring Fling premieres in 2021.  Let's take a quick look back at them to make sure you're prepared for the trivia challenge.

Which Spring Fling movie did you enjoy the most?  Keep scrolling for a chance to vote!

Chasing Waterfalls

Chasing Waterfalls, with Cindy Busby and Christopher Russell, kicked off the steady "stream" of Spring Fling features.  

Busby played a photographer trying to land a career break by finding scenic waterfalls, particularly a mythical one that had never been photographed.  Her attractive guide helped her discover all of them, and they fell in love in the process. A remote lodge and idyllic natural wonders added to the magic. 

Chasing Waterfalls   
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Don't Go Breaking My Heart

Starring Italia Ricci and Ryan Paevey, Don't Go Breaking My Heart was about a psychologist running a boot camp for the broken hearted to help them recover from failed relationships.  Paevey played both a client and a reporter who was investigating the boot camp to see if it was a scam or a phenomenon.

Hallmark fans are crazy about Ryan Paevey but aren't impressed with Italia Ricci.
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One Perfect Wedding

One Perfect Wedding is the third movie in the trilogy that began with One Winter Weekend and One Winter Proposal and culminated in wedded bliss.  In this installment, Cara and Ben booked the Clara Lake Resort, the place where their romance began, as their wedding venue for an intimate gathering of friends and family.  

Along with mystery being sprinkled in with the romance and Sean popping the question to Megan, this movie was a little more multi-faceted than normal. 

Taylor Cole and Jack Turner tie the knot in One Perfect Wedding.  
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As Luck Would Have It

JoAnna Garcia Swisher and Allen Leech took us on location to Ireland, which was dazzling to see and the perfect backdrop for romance.  Who doesn't love an Irish accent?

As Luck Would Have It was about a woman, Lindsey Johnson, who visited Ireland to search for a plot of land to build a future resort, but the town didn't want to give up their historic castle to make the deal. To gain the favor of the town council, Linsey participated in the town's annual Matchmaking Festival and wound up in love with Brennan O'Brien.

There was history everywhere Swisher and Leech stepped foot in As Luck Would Have It.
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Right in Front of Me

Carly (Janel Parrish) had a second chance at romance with her college crush but didn't know how to act around him until her new friend Nick (Marco Grazzini) gave her advice.  She quickly learned who the right man for her really was.

Janel Parrish and Marco Grazzini starred in Right in Front of Me.
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Hallmark's "One Perfect Wedding" Combines Love & Mystery

Starring:  Taylor Cole, Jack Turner, Rukiya Bernard, and Dewshane Williams

Released:  2021

Summary:  A longtime engaged couple decides to do away with plans for a grandiose ceremony and instead books a small venue for friends and family to attend.

Ben & Cara return to where their love began in One Perfect Wedding. Image: Crown Media

"One Perfect Wedding" Is Part Of A Trilogy 

In 2018, Hallmark brought us One Winter Weekend where best friends Cara and Megan head to a ski getaway.  Once there, they learn their room has been double booked with two other eligible men--Ben and Sean--which leads to romance.

The second installment, One Winter Proposal, aired in 2019.  Although Megan and Sean didn't have the traction they needed in the first movie to get their relationship off the ground, they find another chance.  Ben has two proposals to make, one to Cara and one for a business venture.

It only makes sense that One Perfect Wedding would take place at the same lodge where love began.  

Between Ben's snowboard business and Cara's new book tour, the two are barely going to see each other.  They only have a matter of days to throw together a wedding, after deciding a courthouse ceremony doesn't feel right.

Organization and attention to detail is Megan's super power, so she does the heavyweight planning for the Clara Lake Resort wedding.  In fact, she misses Sean so much that the work and the planning provide a much needed distraction. 

Multiple Mysteries To Solve In "One Perfect Wedding" 

Mystery #1:  Cara catches Ben speaking privately to a resort employee, and he doesn't share the secret.  Execs from Weatherly Hotels have plans to buy the Clara Lake Resort, but they will make some bad changes, like axing the Camp Snow program--a program that helped Ben immensely when he was a kid. Ben decides to buy the resort, but it's complicated.

Mystery #2:  There are three investors in Clara Lake Resort.  One investor owns 45% and will sell to Ben, but the other 45% shareholder will sell to Weatherly Hotels.  No one can track down the third party who owns the remaining 10% and is operating under the name Aldera Creek.  

Mystery #3:  The original owners of Clara Creek Resort were a married couple, Max and Clara, but as Daniel, the front desk employee, rifles through old boxes of photos and letters to curate them on the walls of the resort, Cara concludes the happy couple's marriage ultimately ended in divorce after the war.  No further pictures of the two together could be found.

Mystery #4:  Sean is conspiring with Ben on how he can propose to Megan even though he can't join them at the lodge, and once Ben finally shares the good news with Cara, the two of them coordinate their efforts to make it happen. Their antics raise Megan's suspicions.

Mystery #5:  Before Cara can leave on her book tour, her publisher wants a pitch on the next installment of her mystery series, but what will happen with her characters is a mystery to Cara, too.  Her weekend at Clara Lake Resort gives her the inspiration she needs to hatch her next plot line.

Turns out, Aldera Creek is an anagram.  Goldie, the resort pianist, is also named Clara, and her parents are Max and Clara--the original owners.  She is the mysterious 10% shareholder, and she agrees to sell to Ben.  

Goldie loves Agatha Christie novels.  Image: Crown Media

Although Cara assumes an old letter she discovers on the resort's wall was written by Max in 1948, regarding his divorce to Clara, she learns from Goldie the signature of "M" stands for "Mom," and it was written to her in 1978, when she was going through a divorce.  Mystery solved!

Why were there no pictures, then, of Max and Clara?  Goldie points out her parents were very much in love, but in those days, you didn't have to post a bunch of pictures on social media to prove you were happy.  We could all take a lesson from that!

Sean virtually proposes to Megan at their favorite spot on the slopes, too, so all the loose ends are tied up nicely.  

Lucky for Megan, her career is portable so she can move to marry Sean. Image: Crown Media

Your Career Often Directs Your Perspective

Cara is a mystery writer, so she seems to see the mystery in everything around her.  Don't we all do that to some degree?  

Pastors see situations as material for their next sermon; crafters look at odds and ends and envision how they could be used for their next DIY project; gardeners imagine the possibilities in an empty backyard; police quickly hone in on suspicious behavior; engineers always have ideas for efficient improvements on existing designs; chefs are inspired by different foods and concoct unique recipes that blend flavors in new ways.     

The training and expertise you have in your field often influences your perspective.  

Best Movie Line In "One Perfect Wedding"

My favorite line from the movie is this:

Flaws can turn out to be virtues--it just depends on how you look at it.

Do you agree with that statement?

One could argue that Megan is almost manic with her wedding planning and perfectionism, but her organizational skills and attention to detail are virtuous.

People who always focus on the silver lining in bad situations might be considered unrealistic by some but as eternal optimists by others.

Think of the people closest to you.  Their flaws might be glaringly obvious to you, but how could you flip the script and see their apparent vices in a better light?  

A Lesson In Flexibility

When life doesn't go as we plan, many of us get stressed; however, One Perfect Wedding teaches us the key to letting go of stress is learning to be flexible.

Cara and Ben plan to have a magnificent wedding in Rome, but when they realize their schedules aren't going to jive, they scale down their plans considerably, understanding the most important thing is simply being together.  Even when they head for the Justice of the Peace to tie the knot and it doesn't feel right to Cara, no one flips out when she pivots.

The scene where Sean initiates a proposal, only to learn Ben and Cara have the box with cuff links rather than Megan's engagement ring, forces the three of them to ad-lib and wait until another opportunity.

Can you imagine pulling your wedding dress out of the garment bag and experiencing the horror of having it be purple?  Zoey makes one doozy of a mistake with the dresses, and Cara and Megan almost panic, but it all works out because Cara's dad brought her mother's wedding dress with him.

Megan & her mom do most of the work for Cara's wedding. Image: Crown Media

Finally, an unexpected snowstorm hits, meaning no DJ, surf & turf, wedding cake, and more, but necessity is the mother of invention.  Megan's mom officiates the ceremony and DJ's, brats (the bride and groom's favorite food) is served in place of the surf & turf, and plain cakes are transformed into something spectacular by the lodge's chef.  "Things" aren't as important as sharing life's best moments with your friends and family.  We worry too much!

Which "Look" Is Better On Jack Turner?

In the first two installments of the trilogy, Jack Turner sports some great hair, but in One Perfect Wedding, he's bald.  Hair gives him a boyish charm, but the bald look lends his character a certain, sexy maturity.  Which look do you like better?

Do you prefer Jack Turner with hair.....  
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....or without?  
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One Perfect Wedding is a love story tucked into fun mystery.  Image: Crown Media

Hallmark's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart"-Rate the Movie & See What Fans Are Saying

Starring:  Italia Ricci and Ryan Paevey

Released:  2021

Summary:  Miranda runs a boot camp for the recently broken hearted.  She begins to form a connection with a new client, Ben, who is also a reporter, investigating whether her boot camp is a fad or a phenomenon.  

Italia Ricci & Ryan Paevey star in the 2021 Hallmark Spring Fling premiere of "Don't Go Breaking My Heart."  Image:  Crown Media

The Self-Help Industry Is Booming

Miranda Faraday (Ricci) is a psychologist who survived a failed marriage and uses what she's learned to help others heal from painful break-ups.  Her break-up boot camp is wildly successful and keeps growing.  

Ben Myers (Paevey) is a journalist who's had his fair share of relational challenges, but he consents to join the boot camp for his sister's sake, since she's still gutted from her most recent break-up.  Ben is very skeptical about the process and tries to quit the class, but his boss urges him to rejoin, sensing there could be a news story behind the program.  Is the break-up boot camp a legitimate form of therapy that really helps people, or is it just a gimmick to swindle people out of money when they are most vulnerable?

Would dating a psychologist make you feel like you're always being psychoanalyzed?  Image:  Crown Media

FUN FACT:  According to Market Research, the self-improvement industry was worth $9.9 billion in 2016, and is projected to grow to $13.2 billion by 2022.   

Faith is really all these hurting people need to find hope, peace, and joy in the middle of life's storms.  Instead, many ignore the One who can help them the most, opting to seek advice and counsel from life coaches, motivational speakers, and holistic training companies.

As Ben and Miranda grow closer, she shares that she hasn't always practiced what she preaches when it comes to dealing with her own divorce.  Could this be an issue Ben could exploit in a journalistic hit piece?

What Real Experts Say About Dealing With Heartbreak

Miranda's camp lasts six weeks and is broken down as follows:

  • Week 1:  Release--everyone hits a punching bag.
  • Week 2:  Endurance--the class exercises and completes an obstacle course to gain confidence.
  • Week 3:  Team Work--the class works together solving clues in an escape room.
  • Week 4:  Connection--the class takes salsa dance lessons to get in touch with their vulnerabilities.
  • Week 5:  Trust--each class member shares the story of their heartbreak and then falls backwards for the rest of the class to catch them.
  • Week 6:  Closure--each person writes a letter to their ex and decides whether to send it or burn it.
Thinking of one of the exes from your past who hurt you, would you send or burn your letter?  Share in the comment section! Image:  Crown Media.  

How do these techniques compare to advice from real psychologists?

Suzanne Lachmann, Psy.D. shares with Psychology Today that anyone with a broken heart needs to understand why the relationship ended, know that it's okay to be alone, feelings (not time) dictate where you are in the grieving process, be gentle with yourself as you heal and take responsibility for that healing, and avoid destructive habits.

Anyone with an ounce of common sense can come to those conclusions without a doctorate! 

Anyone want to volunteer to salsa with Ryan Paevey?  Image:  Crown Media

The Cleveland Clinic takes a different approach by suggesting these six  strategies for dealing with grief:

  • Share your feelings with supportive friends and family.
  • Take care of yourself by eating right, getting enough sleep, and being physically active.
  • Create a daily routine to add structure to your life.
  • Avoid substance abuse.
  • Leave your ex alone and do not stalk them online.
  • Don't rush into a new relationship. 

Would you take Miranda's class to recover from a break-up?   

When nursing a broken heart, the only strategy Miranda offers that seems viable is to write a letter to your ex and then decide to burn it or send it.  There is something therapeutic about writing down what your heart is saying--it helps you "let it all out." 

Salsa dancing?  Falling backwards?  An escape room? All of these are social engagements that really do nothing to alter a person's state of mind after a break-up, but they do make for a fun Hallmark story.

Ryan Paevey fans would only be too happy to keep this hunk from falling.  Image:  Crown Media

The "Betrayal"

When Miranda finds out Ben has been gathering intel on her business for a news story, she feels totally betrayed, which is a typical source of conflict in many romances.

In all the time they spent together, Ben never had an opportunity to say, "Hey, by the way, my boss wants me to write a story about your break-up boot camp, but don't worry!  I'm giving you a rave review."  In real life, this would have probably come up.

As we expect, Ben writes a sweet and endearing piece that brings Miranda hordes of new customers and assures her that her trust in him has not been misplaced.  

Hallmark Fans Not Impressed With Ricci

While a fair number of Hallmark fans loved Don't Go Breaking My Heart, especially devout Ryan Paevey fans, many expressed their disappointment.  Here are some comments from fans on social media:

  • Went to sleep half way through it.  No chemistry.  I don't think she is a good actress.
  • It was truly a snoozer.  She's not a favorite of mine.
  • I started watching it and couldn't get into it.  I turned if off after 20 minutes.
  • Kind of monotone and flat.
  • Couldn't feel the romance.
  • Italia Ricci is the most boring actress in the Hallmark Universe.
Compared to her emotionally bland and flatline performance in Love in Winterland, Ricci seemed hyped on caffeine in Don't Go Breaking My Heart, which means at least a pulse was detected this time.

The therapist/client relationship is breached, but that's okay. Image:  Crown Media

You might argue that being a psychologist in her latest role means Ricci has to act a little more detached to keep the line drawn between a professional and her clients, but based on her past movie performances, it's fair to say she simply lacks charisma.  

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Hallmark's "Chasing Waterfalls" Reunites Cindy Busby & Christopher Russell

Starring:  Cindy Busby & Christopher Russell

Released:  2021

Summary:  A photographer visits an isolated lodge in search of scenic waterfalls and other idyllic natural features to capture alongside her attractive guide.

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Fans loved Cindy Busby and Christopher Russell when the two paired up for 2020's Love in the Forecast, and so Hallmark Channel reunited them for a 2021 Spring Fling premiere.  It's the third Hallmark movie featuring Russell as a nature man who thrills female viewers with the rugged way he tames the wilderness and survives the elements--he's the epitome of masculinity.

You may remember Love in the Forecast was about a dairy farmer teaching a meteorologist how to predict the weather via nature rather than high-tech equipment.

Love in the Forecast, Image: Crown Media

Busby and Russell have become friends over the course of filming two movies together, and you can sense their comfort level and camaraderie throughout the movie. Their playful banter feels genuine rather than scripted.

In Chasing Waterfalls, Busby plays Amy Atwater, a would-be photographer who petitions her boss for the chance at an assignment to find and photograph a mystical waterfall.  Reluctantly, her boss gives Amy a chance to prove herself and promises a promotion if she succeeds.

Like many of us women, Amy lacks an internal compass along with the ability to follow a map, so she enlists the aid of a handsome tour guide, Mark North, to escort her through the remote areas leading to each waterfall. 

At first, Mark will only take Amy to the main tourist attractions that have already been photographed.  What Amy really wants to see are Angel Falls and Redwood Falls, though Mark enigmatically refuses to confirm or deny whether Redwood Falls even exists or is merely a legend.

As Amy grows closer to Mark and his daughter, Kyra, he relents and promises to take her to Angel Falls, as long as she promises not to reveal its location.  Even though Amy turns off the geotagging on her camera, her co-worker still finds it embedded in her file and prints the exact latitude and longitude in the subsequent magazine article, causing a giant rift between her and Mark.  Eventually, Kyra convinces her dad that Amy was tricked by her boss, and all is forgiven.

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One thing both Love in the Forecast and Chasing Waterfalls share is a total dud of a kiss in the final scenes.  In their first movie together, Busby's and Russell's kiss is hesitant and careful, and in their most recent, it is very tight-lipped and brief.  If Hallmark produces a third movie with this couple, there better be a kiss that viewers can feel all the way to their toes, like we get with other leading men like Andrew Walker, Tyler Hynes, Ryan Paevey, and Luke MacFarlane.  

Thinking about the two movies starring Busby and Russell, which one do you like better?  Vote below!

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Who Are Busby & Russell Married To In Real Life?

After four years of dating, Cindy Busby tied the knot with Chris Boyd, a producer, in December of 2020, so she's a newlywed!

Busby admitted the wedding was a little smaller due to the pandemic, but it was still "beautiful" and the "perfect day."

Looks like Busby got a Hallmark happy ending!

Christopher Russell and his wife have been together for 17 years, and according to an Instagram post, his heart still "skips a beat" whenever she walks into a room. The happy couple shares two beautiful children together.

Russell's Instagram account expresses the deep love he feels for his family.  He states, "Family.  Where life begins and love never ends.  I love you three bigger than the thing that's bigger than the universe! #soulmates #bestkidsever #youhadmeathello #beautifulbritishcolumbia #familyiseverything."

How many of you have a romantic spouse like that?  Mine would probably post a question like, "What's for dinner tonight?" or something equally charming.

Fun Behind-The-Scenes Look At Chasing Waterfalls

Despite the movie location looking like some remote region of the world, it was shot in British Columbia in Canada, and all the waterfalls were found within an hour and half of Vancouver.  

When filming the final waterfalls, called Redwood Falls in the movie, the cast and crew weren't allowed to post any pictures of the location to keep its whereabouts hidden--a fun fact that parallels the storyline of the film.  Most of the movie was shot outdoors, with many of the locations being a 20 minute hike for all involved in its making.

Cindy Busby had a stunt double, of course, but she still had to scale rocks and mountains, and sit on cliffs, which was a real challenge for her, since she has a fear of heights.

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Busby said this about it to AfterbuzzTV, "I heard a quote recently where your imagination is always worse than reality, and it's so true.  We always overthink things and then when we actually do them, the exhilaration of having accomplished something that we didn't feel comfortable doing is always so much worth it than living in that fear and not doing it."

The lodge where Busby's character stays is actually a non-profit for kids with cancer called Camp Good Times, but it was unoccupied at the time of filming due to the pandemic.

Like Amy Atwater, Busby and the rest of the crew did not have cell phone service in this remote area during their week and a half stay, but Busby told TV Goodness, "So that was kind of fun too.  Nobody was on their phones and we were just together.  It was kind of nice to just really connect."

That should serve as a lesson to all of us!  With all the gunk happening in the world that divides us, unplugging is a great way to close an escape route that is very isolating anyway to force us to notice and connect with the people around us.

The most unforgettable movie scene for Busby is the part where she and Russell are in the water.  If you remember, the scene is short and sweet, and there's a reason for it.  The water was about 40 degrees, so they couldn't stay in it for more than 10 minutes at a time.  Busby tells viewers that when they watch that scene, it might look good, "but just know it didn't feel good!"

What's Your Favorite Part Of The Movie?

Despite the gorgeous scenery that takes center stage in Chasing Waterfalls, one of my favorite things about this movie is how for Amy, photography isn't just about snapping pictures and having them look good.  She searches for the personality of each waterfall and does her assignment with her heart and soul, not just robotically to check it off her to-do list for work.

Wouldn't we all do our jobs better if we approached our work the same way?

What's your favorite part of the movie?  Be sure to share your thoughts in the comment section!

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You've Seen Cassidy Nugent Before

Cassidy Nugent plays Kyra North, Mark's daughter with his ex-wife.  Like the typical tweener, Kyra likes a boy but doesn't feel pretty enough for it to be reciprocated, so in motherly fashion, Amy offers her advice and support.

Kyra often pokes fun of her father for all of his bad dad jokes.

If Nugent looks familiar, it's because she's no stranger to Hallmark.  She's played in Love Struck Cafe, When Calls the Heart:  The Greatest Christmas Blessing, and The Angel Tree.  

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Hallmark's "Fit for a Prince" an Adorable Cinderella Story, Minus the Odd Ending

Starring:  Natalie Hall and Jonathan Keltz

Released:  2021

Summary:  An aspiring fashion designer is the talent behind a high-profile designer, but she longs to have her own business.  Hired to dress ladies of a wealthy family hosting an upcoming charity ball, Cindy's life takes an unexpected turn when Prince Ronan becomes smitten with her and takes note of her talent for design. 

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A Modern Cinderella Story

Fit for a Prince was written by T. Booker James, who did an excellent job in putting a fun spin on an old fairytale.

In place of Cinderella, we have Cindy Cordella--notice the similarity in names.  Cindy is the creative seamstress genius behind all the dresses in the Rebecca Raslyn line, but since Raslyn takes all the credit initially, that casts her into the part of the wicked step-mother.  Cindy relies on a team of people to help her sew, however, and not an eclectic group of mice and birds.  

Ronan is our Prince Charming, and Julia and Brooke are like the wicked step-sisters.  These conniving plotters don't tear Cindy's dress apart, like in the original, but they do manage to make her unpresentable by telling her to dress casually.

Imagine the embarrassment of arriving at such an elegant gala in a T-shirt and jeans!  Ronan comes to her rescue by changing into a T-shirt, too, and it's a modern act of pure chivalry.  Later, Ronan confronts Raslyn on Cindy's behest and informs the Hamilton's and their guests that Cindy is the talent behind the designer brand.  Surprisingly, Cindy isn't fired, but Raslyn promotes her to partner.  This was a creative way for a prince to come to the rescue of a damsel in distress while still supporting her independence.

Cindy is such a loving, accommodating, and kind soul, mirroring the exact character of her storybook counterpart.  She continues to defend and see the best in Rebecca Raslyn, no matter how many times her boss takes advantage of her and keeps stringing her along about advancing her career.

If it weren't for the invitation and insistence of Virginia Hamilton, Cindy would have never been able to  attend the ball, so that makes Virginia our fairy godmother, minus the bibbity, bobbity, boo!

Regardless of Cindy being a commoner and Ronan headed for the throne, they both find their happily ever after, even without a glass slipper.

Natalie Hall and Jonathan Keltz Shine

The last Hallmark movies featuring Hall and Keltz were not fan favorites, namely You're Bacon Me Crazy and Falling for Look Lodge, respectively.  In the first, Hall's acting was phony and unnatural, and in the second, Keltz proved that nerdy could never be the new sexy. 

Yet, in Fit for a Prince, both actors struck a rhythm, hit a stride, and fell into an easy groove with one another.  Hallmark must have realized that by adding an English accent to Keltz's character would make him irresistible--we romantics are suckers for accents.  You probably remember Keltz from his royal role in Once Upon a Prince in 2018.  

Ronan points out that Julia and Brooke see Cindy as a threat because she is "real" and they are not.  Cindy's authenticity is one of the things that wins his heart.  "Be yourself" is an old adage that continues to stand the test of time when it comes to relationships.

A Monkey Wrench Into An Otherwise Perfect Ending

Ronan doesn't whisk Cindy off into a carriage or even away on a white horse, but they do have the undivided attention of the guests as they dance together at the ball.  Cindy proves that despite being a commoner, she has grace, elegance, beauty, class, and poise.

Throughout the movie, Cindy inspires Ronan to be spontaneous, and even with everyone watching, he defies protocol and kisses her.  The movie could have ended right there.  But it didn't.  Ronan dares Cindy to be spontaneous, and apparently all she could come up with was to bust an awkward move on the dance floor that ended as quickly as it began as the waltz strikes back up again.  

Viewers are like, "what the heck?"  That scene could have been clipped and left on the editing floor.  It simply didn't fit.

Otherwise, this movie was a refreshing twist to a traditional tale.

The End.


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