Love on the Sidelines – TV Movie Review


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Love on the Sidelines

Starring: Emily Kinney, John Reardon, Joe Theismann, Elise Gatien, Hayley Sales, Patrick Sabongui, Victor Zinck, Jr.

Directed by: Terry Ingram

Rated: TV-G
Run Time: 87 mins
Genre: Romance, Comedy
4 out of 5 Frames

By Lisa Minzey

The game of love can be a tough one to win, especially for unemployed, aspiring fashion designer Laurel Welk (Emily Kinney, “The Walking Dead”). Her life is in a transition phase and with the clock running down on her roommate/ best friend getting married, moving out and trying to find a great person to replace her is making her break a sweat.

Talk about sweating, star professional football quarterback Danny Holland (John Reardon, “Tron: Legacy”) has been sidelined with an injury and need of a new assistant. Pile on a crazy schedule, physical therapy and personal duties, he really needs a qualified assistant, pronto. Danny is a bit of an old fashioned guy, to put it mildly, preferring to work with male assistants rather than females.

As luck would have it, Laurel’s new roommate has a job opportunity as a personal assistant to the rich and famous. She’s willing to do anything to bring in an income, even if it means working with difficult people.

When Laurel is assigned to Danny, the last thing he wants is a female assistant, particularly one who knows nothing about football. But the two opposites strike a bargain and agree to work together on a trial basis as he recuperates. While Laurel struggles to master her job, knowing she’s in way over her head, Danny struggles to maintain his star image even though he’s concerned his injury might impact his career.

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Things start to get complicated when Lauren and Danny start to break some of the rules of between employee and employer. Can they overcome the penalties of working together and score one for Team Love?

“Love on the Sidelines” is a charming touchdown to score a win in a viewer’s heart. Filled with lots of punny moments, an adorable meet-cute and embracing challenges that come along the way, this is a fan enjoyable film for all. The story is clever, fun and keeps you rooting for the two unlikely lovers. The talent cast is likable, relatable and displays strong chemistry. Even a famous face pops up from the world of sports you may recognize, Joe Theismann as Danny’s father.

Laurel Welk is an out of work aspiring fashion designer who lands a job as a personal assistant to superstar Quarterback Danny Holland. Holland's been sidelined with an injury and the last thing he wants is a female assistant, particularly one who knows nothing about football. But the two opposites strike a bargain and agree to work together on a trial basis. While Laurel struggles to master her job, knowing she's in way over her head, Danny struggles to maintain his star image, even though he's concerned his injury might impact his career. Things get ever more complicated when employer and employee start to notice there's more to the other than meets the eye... and what they find is love on the sidelines. Photo: John Reardon, Joe Theismann Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Eike Schroter

Laurel Welk is an out of work aspiring fashion designer who lands a job as a personal assistant to superstar Quarterback Danny Holland. Holland’s been sidelined with an injury and the last thing he wants is a female assistant, particularly one who knows nothing about football. But the two opposites strike a bargain and agree to work together on a trial basis. While Laurel struggles to master her job, knowing she’s in way over her head, Danny struggles to maintain his star image, even though he’s concerned his injury might impact his career. Things get ever more complicated when employer and employee start to notice there’s more to the other than meets the eye… and what they find is love on the sidelines. Photo: John Reardon, Joe Theismann Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Eike Schroter

Ladies, this is guy safe so make this is one movie you want to curl up and enjoy this weekend.

LOVE ON THE SIDELINES – Premieres Saturday, January 16th, 9 pm ET/PT, 8C on Hallmark Channel. Check you local listings

Things to Watch For: The chemistry build between Laurel and Danny

Who Should See this Movie: Fans of Rom Coms

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About Lisa Minzey

Lisa Minzey is Editor in Chief of The Reel Critic.com. She has written for Phoenix Film Foundation, an online contributor for EW.com and is known to write a screenplay or 12. She's worked in Hollywood in various forms, but her first love is writing. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

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