Love at First Dance (2018)

Love at First Dance (2018)
6.6
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  • TV-G
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release year: 2018 ()
  • Running time: 84 min
  • Original Title: Love at First Dance
  • Voted: 1131

Hope Hayes is hired by couple and business partners Eric and Adriana to choreograph their wedding dance, including working with the less coordinated Eric, Manhattan's "Most Eligible Bachelor", one-on-one. Both bride-to-be and groom-to-be have reservations about the union, but they've caved to familial pressures for the good of their business partnership. Over time, Hope and Eric grow closer and encourage each other to follow their creative passions - hers in choreography and his in theater. They also share a romantic connection that neither has experienced in the past, but fight it due to Eric's engagement. As Eric's wedding approaches, Hope has the chance to go after her dream job in London. Both Hope and Eric must decide which professional and personal pursuits will bring them happiness.

#PersonCharacters
1Becca TobinHope
2Niall MatterEric
3Cecilia DeaconAdriana
4Bethany BrownCassidy
  • Surprisingly, not as cheesy as I expected. by 8

    When I read the title, I expected something more cheesy but this is pretty Gouda!

    This movie takes place in an actualcity where city life isn't as demonized. I appreciate that since I live in a big city and it's nice to know there might still be Hallmark magic left here.

    The characters feel more like real people, both at a career fork in the road, her finding out whether she should do or teach, him following in his family foot steps or an artistic pursuit. So many people can relate to that.

    The dancing is so fun to watch, it's like Dirty Dancing: Hallmark Nights. And the music is from artists I've heard of, shocking I know!

    Overall, I'd totally watch this again.

  • Drama, romance and real people by 7

    I love most Hallmark movies - especially the holiday-centric ones - and accept that the 2-dimensional male/female relationships often saturate the stories. This one breaks the mold - which makes it one of my favorites. The 'other woman' is not a witch from whom the male lead needs to escape. Instead, this story is about people I can relate to, realizing that they care for each other, but are not a perfect match for marriage. Add to this that I really don't like dance. It's okay - fun to do - but I would never buy tickets to see a dance show. Even so, the dance metaphor and sweet dance scenes are delightful. I love this movie, and the stars in it.

  • It's all about the people by 8

    While Becca Tobin never jumps off the screen, there is still chemistry between her and Niall Matter. I haven't paid enough attention to Matter in the past, but I realized he is a solid half of the ... Father Christmas set of movies. And he does a great job in this one. You could see Eric grow in confidence as the story goes on, and underneath it he's falling in love.

    Tobin is a steady presence throughout. I couldn't decide if she was a little too reserved, or just right, but you can understand easily how Eric could fall in love with Hope.

    The third part of the triangle, Adriana, is no villain and compared to her Hope is downright giddy, but Adriana is supposed to be an unemotional rock.

    Supporting characters are adequate if not great

    I think the outline of the story could have been written by the viewer as soon as the background was established. These movies don't necessarily need surprises. But that means that one of the things this one had to do right was put the leads together as much as possible, and it did.

    I usually don't like musical interludes that are often just there to avoid writing more plot, but in this case it was a nice dance interlude.

  • No Chemistry by 1

    I have not watched Hallmark movies but for some reason I have been watching the channel this month hey don't shoot me. While I have actually enjoyed many of the movies including ones from the past couple of years I was looking forward this movie and I was not impressed as I ended up doing things around the house. I think it was the casting as I have become spoiled by the chemistry between Pascale Hutton and Kavan Smith who have so much chemistry I could watch them in anything.

    Its not the actors fault that they were cast but something was off.

    Don't waste your time.

  • Meh At First Dance by 3

    Let me start by saying this had all the elements to make my perfect romantic flick. Dancing and two actors I've always liked in the past. I fell in love with Niall Matter in every other Hallmark film I've seen him in, and Becca Tobin was always wonderful as Kitty on Glee. Together, they fell flat. Zero chemistry (a description all too commonly thrown around, but true in this case) between them, as I couldn't tell if they were supposed to be falling in love or if this was going to be a story about two people helping each other discover their true calling in life.

    The acting wasn't great, though the script was decent. Tobin reminded me too much of a past-her-prime actress loaded up with Botox trying to relive her youth by accepting a role of a character she wasn't comfortable with. Her face never changed expressions. Happy, sad, angry, irritated; it all looked like boredom. Her performance was wooden, her body language tense and stiff as a board. Matter is a very charming actor who never disappoints as a character everyone can fall in love with. He looked completely ill-at-ease in this one. He looked less like an investment broker, more like a used car salesman.

    Bottom line, nothing about this worked, though it started with potential. Give this a try if there is nothing else on, but I wouldn't give this a rewatch.

#PersonCrew
1William McKnightcinematographer
2Jeff Tymoschukcomposer
3Mark Jeandirector
4Tony Dean Smitheditor
5Harvey Kahnproducer
6Nina Weinmanwriter

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