This inspiring tale of yet another city girl who realizes all she needs to be happy is to live in the country begins with some mythology: The picturesque wishing well underneath the opening credits may look like it's made out of plastic (with tufts of some mossy material you'd buy at Michael's glued to it), but it's actually hundreds of years old, and grants wishes if you believe in it. Or whatever. (I honestly can't believe Hallmark doesn't have a better well in their props department.)
The movie then cuts to a shot of someone making espresso, and if that iconic image of bourgie-ness isn't enough for you to realize they've switched locales, there's shot of Times Square, where all the coolest New Yorkers hang out. But back to the espresso--Cynthia Tamerline (played by Jordan Ladd, daughter of Cheryl) is hanging out in her high-rise apartment with her friend, because what girls don't like to get together at 9 a.m. to catch up and have an espresso? The city IS awfully fast-paced, after all. Her friend, a B-level Sandra Bullock, is chatting about her 10 a.m. event planning meeting when she busts out with, "Do you ever just stop and think how lucky we are? We have exciting careers, we live in great apartments, go to great parties, make a lot of money...." Yes, they're truly living the life.
|Jordan Ladd does some|
|You may remember Jason London|
as the brown-eyed London brother
who's missing two toes.
|I can't make fun of Ernest,|
he's like 95 years old.
Lest you forget this isn't Lifetime and worry about Jason and his kid having to go on welfare or Cynthia committing murder, don't fear. In the film's climatic scene, the Hallmark soundtrack goes crazy as Yeardley Smith busts into the newspaper's office and announces that some dead guy's money has been found and given to the paper, much to the chagrin of the big bad CEO-man who came to shut it down. Jason's kid literally yells, "We're saaaavvveed!", and I suddenly realized that Tempest Bledsoe was playing the secretary.
|Cynthia's nightie is remi-|
niscent of Bette's outfit in
Big Business, and yes, this
is a blatant excuse to put
a pic from BB on my blog.
Cynthia goes back to work to discover that her article had been published and was such a success that her boss has offered her an editor position! Since he had been berating her earlier in the movie for having worked at the magazine for 10 years, you can see why she's so excited. After a decade of work, she'll now be earning close to $45,000 a year, which can buy a HUNDRED espresso machines and Times Square apartments!
But wait! What if she feels that, in the immortal words of Eddie Albert, "Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside!"? Well, hop in a cab and head to the airport, of course! She asks her cabbie what he thinks about living in the country, and his response isn't that he'd feel disconnected from his culture (and also have a hard time getting a mortgage), but that "trees make me noivus!" Those crazy city people! They hate trees, but they sure love their espresso!
So Cynthia ends up back in the country, where she runs into Jason and his daughter. Apparently in this revised real word she wasn't a bitch to him, and they happily head off to dinner. Let's hope things work out, because the dating pool in Small Creek, Illinois, ain't very big.