With Valentine’s Day only a month away, Hallmark Channel’s BE MY VALENTINE has arrived just in time perhaps to set the mood for romance. As with nearly all Hallmark films, it follows the standard mold for “happily ever after” endings. However, this may be one of the channel’s better films and serves its purpose for being a feel good film that is full of romantic cliches and better than average standard Hallmark entertainment.
Firefighter lieutenant Dan Farrell (William Baldwin) is a single father and does not want a relationship with another woman after the death of his wife. However, love appears in his life after weeks before Valentine’s Day when his team responds to a fire at a local florist. Kate (Natalie Brown) is the owner that catches his eye and asks her to make flower arrangements for the annual Valentine’s Day Firefighters’ Ball. Dan’s son, Tyler (Christian Martyn), is experiencing a touch of romance in his own life, which in turn inspires his father to pursue Kate. Gavin (James Thomas), her ex, wishes to elope with her. Now, Dan must make a choice to fight for love or be forced to celebrate Valentine’s Day alone.
Small town America sure is a great place to meet people according to Hallmark. Small town America also happens to have exclusive French restaurants catering to couples who want to be flashy for Valentine’s Day. The movie is so predictable, but not so much that it ruins its positive and emotional outcome. It is one of those movies that follow a set guy meet’s girl format and sticks with it. Though it is awkward that Kate’s ex appears out of the blue just to propose is a convenient but silly way to create character conflicts, and unintentional humor.
Tyler’s side romance with Rebecca (Leah McPherson), the daughter of the new EMT at the fire station, is adorable since they are young and have a good set of shared interests.
Overall, Hallmark’s BE MY VALENTINE is a simple tale about love, but it works.