“You can’t keep hiding behind work forever.”

Annabelle (Kellie Martin, The Christmas Ornament) has just left her ad agency in order to pursue her dream of opening a vintage bridal shop. This is an unusual choice because she generally avoids relationships after seeing her father (Bruce Boxleitner, Babylon 5) become a serial dater after her mother’s death. So imagine her surprise when she falls in love with Sam (Chad Willett, The Locket). Now imagine her dismay when it turns out that Sam is the son of her fierce rival Claire (Jennifer Dale, Rumours), who runs a competing bridal shop.

So in addition to worrying about navigating the waters of a new relationship Annabelle has to also struggle with Claire’s efforts to sabotage not only her business but her romance. Part of the Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Valentine’s Day” So You Said Yes is just as much about the differing views of weddings as it is the relationship between Annabelle and Sam, which will either lure the viewer in or turn them off. For me it’s a bit cookie-cutter though harmless, and Martin in particular is charming in her role. However the last scene of the movie makes no sense. I don’t want to spoil it so let’s just say there’s a continuity issue which causes confusion.

The technical specs are pretty bare bones, what you’d expect from a cable TV movie. The 1.78:1 transfer showcases a natural, minimally processed palette and overall the video tends to lean more toward the realistic than the cinematic in scope and look. The audio track is a Dolby 5.1 Surround and it’s serviceable. The soundscape isn’t particularly full so there’s not much lifting being asked. There are no special features.

So You Said Yes is going to be on the Hallmark Channel so I say catch it there. No purchase necessary unless you sample it and want some more.

THE VERDICT

Not guilty.

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