Laura Leighton ("Melrose Place") stars as Katherine, a successful New York magazine editor who is about to marry a wealthy businessman in what is set to be the biggest society event of the year. When her estranged father d... more »ies, and she finds that his last request was for her to spread his ashes in her tiny Massachusetts hometown, she reluctantly leaves her job and wedding planning to handle the annoyance, bringing along her tireless assistant for support. Once there, she begins to learn that there may have been more to her father than she believed, and that there may be more for her in life than what she thought she wanted.
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"As a girl of 9 Katharine lost her mother and, not sure how to care for her and provide for her at the same time, her father sent her to live with relatives she didn't know. He never came back for her or contacted her and she felt abandon. Flash forward to Katharine as a high-powered editor of "Perfect" magazine, helping people achieve a perfect life. She is engaged to her extremely rich and successful publisher and is planning her wedding by bluetooth while simultaneously holding staff meetings. Did I mention that her publisher has children older than Katharine? In the midst of all this a package arrives at her office. Thinking it is a wedding gift, she instructs her assistant to open it. He hands the envelope inside to her and proceeds to remove what he thinks is a music box. Katharine reads the letter and learns that the box contains her father's ashes and his last wish was to have her go to the old hometown and spread his ashes as they had her mother's and have his longtime friends and former fellow trio members sing "Danny Boy", as they had at her Mother's funeral. She resents what she perceives as the selfishness of his request--to interrupt her busy life after having neglected her all these years, but the "perfect ideals" her magazine teaches spur her on to be the bigger person of the two and follow his wish. Returning to the home of her childhood friend, now married with several boys of her own, she realizes this won't be as easy as she thought. Complications arise when she learns that the two men her father wanted to have sing together haven't spoken to each other in 20 years. Her fiance, who is away on business himself, has no idea where she is and expects her to be home in two days, when he returns, for an opera date with friends. She feels she can't tell him about the situation because he doesn't like to look back, and he doesn't like messy situations. And in the middle of it all she begins to enjoy the company of the town's Oxford educated, world-traveled attorney. Lessons in forgiveness and being true to yourself are learned along the way. There are some things about the story that just didn't add up for me, but I didn't let it detract from the fact that this is a movie with an interesting storyline, characters with which you can become involved, and nothing that you couldn't let your kids see, unless the mother dying in the beginning might disturb them. But it is handled very tastefully--just moving from a happy family scene one minute to a funeral the next with no suffering or death actually shown. There is nothing inappropriate, even the kissing scenes are brief and tender, not overly passionate and sloppy. No unnecessary skin, not even a neckline as low as the one on the movie cover, that I can remember. No foul language, either, just good, clean entertainment. Also, when I first reviewed this movie I had only seen a videotaped copy, so I couldn't comment on the picture quality from the disc. Having received it for Christmas, I can now say that we did not notice that the picture seemed dark, as has been mentioned elsewhere."
Above average TV movie
Tracy Vest | Northern California | 02/20/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Melrose Place" bad girl, Laura Leighton is cast against type as she portrays a New York magazine editor who must leave her busy job and frantic wedding planning behind so she can spread her estranged father's ashes in her tiny New England hometown. Once there, she renews old acquaintances, develops an attraction to a handsome local attorney (portrayed by Sebastian Spence), and begins to discover father she never really knew.
This is a Hallmark Channel movie and is a bit schmaltzy, but at the same time it's a refreshing story of love and self-renewal. It's nice to see another side to Leighton for a change.