Flower Girl (2009)
Movie Review by Debbie Winkler
Starring: Marla Sokoloff, Marion Ross, Kieren Hutchison, Brook Kerr, Christina Pickles
Director: Bradford May
Release Date: 14 November 2009
Length: 90 minutes
Movie Rating: Not Rated
View Format: TV
Laurel Haverford (Marla Sokoloff) is happy running her flower shop with her grandmother (Marion Ross). But lately, Laurel is spending so much time helping other women plan their special wedding day that she is starting to wonder when she will meet her very own Mr. Right. Her grandmother sets her up with Dr. Evan Cooper (Terry Maratos) who seems to be the perfect match for her, but Laurel finds herself falling in love with the mysterious Stephen Banks (Kieren Hutchison) even though she doesn’t know anything about him. Should Laurel follow her heart or the advice of friends and family?
Most of the Hallmark Channel’s romantic movies are predictable and Flower Girl is no exception, but I still enjoyed watching it. I could really identify with Laurel’s character, ably portrayed by Marla Sokoloff. I am a single, thirty-something and my friends and family are always trying to push me into dating anyone single that they know. It is both mortifying and kind of sweet, but usually mortifying. I know, like Laurel knows, that they just want me to be happy and don’t want me to spend my life alone, but sometimes you have to let people make their own decisions. All of the drama in this movie comes from external forces. Laurel knows from the first that there is no spark between her and Dr. Evan (Terry Maratos), but everyone else is so busy telling them how great they are together that Laurel doubts her own feelings. I felt sorry for both her and for the good doctor, who seems like a nice guy, but clearly was not a good match. There was no chemistry between these two actors and there was no reason for everyone to like Evan, they just heard the title “Doctor” and started throwing Laurel in his path. How sad! I totally understand why men feel like meal tickets sometimes after watching this movie!
On the other hand, there is an instant chemistry between Laurel and Stephen (Kieren Hutchison). They have an embarrassing first meeting at a wedding and then meet again in town. Stephen shares very little about himself, but there is definitely a spark between these two. Rather than listening to Laurel’s feelings and encouraging her to get to know both men, her best friend and grandmother immediately advise Laurel to dump Stephen and focus on a sure thing with Evan. If you could force your heart to fall in love with who you want it to, most of us wouldn’t have a chance! Luckily, things turn around for the couple and there is a happily-ever-after at the end. Not that I ever doubted, of course.
My favorite part of the movie was seeing the different weddings that Laurel designed the flowers for. There were some real bridezillas in there! My particular favorite was the Scottish-themed wedding. Neither the bride nor the groom was Scottish, but the bride thought it was a cool theme so they went with it! It is really easy to get swept up in the wedding insanity out there and Laurel was able to use it to her advantage a few times, such as when she sent a prospective customer home to come up with an inspiration board before she selected her flowers! Make sure that you watch the movie until the end as Laurel has some great wedding memories to share!
Flower Girl is sweet and will appeal to a broad range of females, but it is particularly suited for older singles who are still looking for Mr. Right. I have to remind myself not to give up because you never know when you are going to meet someone! I thought the advice in the movie about meeting a lot of eligible men at wedding was ridiculous, but many of Laurel’s other emotions rang true to me. Though the movie is predictable and a little schmaltzy (seriously, you will not believe what Stephen is hiding!), Flower Girl is a sweet movie that will bring out the romantic in everyone.
This movie contains some scenes of drinking and a few characters get drunk at weddings. There are some passionate kisses, but no sex or anything inappropriate on screen. Recommended for viewers ages 8 and up.