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Dir: Kevin Fair
Dir: Kevin Fair
Starring: Ali Liebert, Peter Porte, Tina Lifford, Kristin York, Ricky He, Ken Camroux-Taylor, Brandi Alexander, Aurelio DiNunzio, Vincent Dangerfield.
A cute, Hallmark amnesia story, A Gift to Remember is festive, fun and intriguing – would watch again!
Darcy Archer (Ali Liebert) accidentally knocks over handsome stranger Aiden (Peter Porte) with her bike, causing him temporary memory loss. Since he is unsure of his name and any other personal information, Darcy looks after his adorable little dog Bailey and helps him remember who he is.
An intriguing yet realistic tale (there’s talk of Internet stalking and Darcy notices Aiden’s dog from the window of the bookstore before she looks at him and honestly girl same…), A Gift to Remember is enjoyable from start to finish – from the way the stranger’s identity vanishes (his phone and wallet is washed away down a drain in a motion similar to that which stole little Georgie’s paper boat in IT…though fortunately there’s no Pennywise in this story) to the many heartwarming attempts of Darcy to find out everything she can about the mystery man.
Being someone who’s watched a number of Hallmark Movies, I find it quite easy to distinguish between them and regular movies.
For one thing, the titles are usually generic and this one is no different – A Gift to Remember...But the film is much better than the title would suggest.
For another thing, like as can be expected from Hallmark films, the actors seriously over-act..almost as energetically as characters in Disney films…
While they’re famous for white heterosexual couples finding love, this particular Hallmark movie has a more diverse casting (a white, heterosexual couple do still find love but the supporting cast are much more diverse).
Darcy’s landlady and good friend is an African-American woman, Mrs Henley (Tina Lifford) who is key in the film as she helps Darcy decrypt the stranger’s mystery and look after Bailey. On the same street as their house, the most ADORABLE Italian man, Luigi (Aurelio DiNunzio) cooks Darcy dinner each evening from his restaurant and waits on her outside for her to finish work…he even gets her bike fixed – for free!
And SLIGHT SPOILER, these lovely characters get together, showing that not only the white leads find love.
The supporting cast also features young Asian man, Josh (Ricky He) who works in the book store alongside Darcy.
And what makes it, not just a good Christmas film, but also a memorable one, is that while it focuses on love, it doesn’t just follow Darcy and the Aiden’s love. It also shows Darcy’s self-love and her personal development – she speaks about how she found herself while searching for love and finding out about Aiden.
An enjoyable and compelling, Hallmark Christmas Movie with charming leads and even more adorable supporting characters, A Gift to Remember is definitely a film to remember!