Love Is a Four Letter Word

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9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3
Hallmark Channel


Hallmark Channel sticks to the tired and true with its new original movie, "Love Is a Four Letter Word," an anemic romantic drama about battling lovers that begins with less than a bang and pretty much keeps up that pace. Cast members Teri Polo, Robert Mailhouse, Barry Bostwick and Donna Mills give their characters as much heart as they can muster, but the story's all-too-familiar plot line heavily weighs them down.

Polo and Mailhouse play divorce attorneys who represent an embittered husband and wife (Bostwick and Mills) trying to divvy up their assets before they make the final split. On a lark, the two attorneys meet at a wedding and travel down their own rocky road toward romance and indecision. Convoluted and unconvincing, Jill Blotevogel's script takes the characters through a maze of events in which they utter predictable dialogue before giving in to the story's rather rushed conclusion. Harvey Frost directs with as much believability as the script allows, yet he can't really rescue anyone, including the viewer, from the all-too-familiar.
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