LOVE ON THE AIR – When polar opposite radio hosts Sonia and Nick are assigned to co-host a talk show, their conflicting approaches to love and relationships create a battle of the sexes! Though the independent woman and the defiant bachelor spar on air, the common bond of having been hurt in relationships makes them friends in their personal lives. When Nick tries to help Sonia win her ex-fiancé back, however, both begin to realize that their friendly feelings may have grown into something more. As the two radio personalities begin to let their emotional guards down, they must decide if their true love is on the air.
Before I begin to review this film, permit me to say one thing about Love on the Air. I simply adore Hallmark, and I am always supportive of their family friendly, positive, uplifting entertainment. Most of their films are nice, predictable, and sometimes sappy. However, that never keeps me away. It just so happens that in my opinion, this film is one of the best Hallmark films to come my way in a long time. I rank it with the best of the best such as All of My Heart, Daniel’s Daughter, and more. The acting and writing are so transcendent that I can say if you have never seen a Hallmark film or you typically avoid films like these, I strongly encourage you to check this one out.
This film boasts a fantastic supporting cast. I would love to be able to do a detailed review of each actor included in this film, but after watching it only once, it can be difficult to remember who played what role. Most of the cast involved are seasoned actors whom you will recognize from various television projects throughout the years. If you are interested in the talented supporting cast, please check them out here. I found several who have ties to my favorite actors and television series.
From the moment Jonathan Scarfe appeared on the screen as Nick, I was smitten. Not only does have he boast rugged good looks, but he is so immersed in the character of this wise-cracking, know-it-all guy who does his best to conceal his heart. His character doesn’t want anyone to know who he genuinely is so he hides behind this harsh exterior.
I have never seen Jonathan in anything else as far as I know, but he is one of those actors that just makes everything appear effortless. He delivers his lines with such finesse and ease, and I am definitely a fan. Here’s hoping he becomes a regular on the Hallmark channel. He is able to make this otherwise unlikable character quite appealing. I’m not one who is attracted to those typical, run-of-the-mill, dime-a-dozen leading men who normally grace the screen. Give me someone exactly like this guy, and I’m a goner.
(Update: While I know that Jonathan stars in the UP series Ties That Bind, I have been so busy that I have been unable to watch that series. I do have it sitting on my DVR, so I am now more excited than ever to see him in something else.)
Before seeing her on Murder She Baked earlier this year, I had no idea who Alison Sweeney was. It was Barbara Niven who introduced me to the work of this amazing actress, and for me, it was “love at first sight.” When it comes to female actresses, all too often, they seem to originate from the same cookie cutter. I’ve seen various females who are capable actresses, attractive, and talented, but sometimes they all run together in my mind. Not so with Ali Sweeney.
Ali is one of those actresses who captures one’s attention the moment she walks on the screen because she is distinctive, charismatic, and simply stunning. Her look is unique to her, and she would easily be described as a natural beauty. Everything about her makes the viewer instantly connect with her, and no matter what part she plays, you are on her side and only want the best for her.
In playing Sonia, Ali has brought the best of herself to this character. She is another actress who is so approachable and genuine that you never question the authenticity of her performance. She never appears to be acting because she has completely engrossed herself in the role but with an ease that not every actor in the business can convey. Everything about her character connects with the viewer, and that is the strength of this film.
When both Jonathan and Alison are on the screen together, veritable magic occurs. Their chemistry is not typical, but it is heart-warming and matchless. No matter where you find these two in the story, they are absolutely divine.
The humor between these two is some of the most exquisite I have seen. Their characters are constantly at each other’s throats, but somewhere amongst the constant bickering, they start to fall for each other. Because of their painful pasts and the lies they have accepted as truth in their respective outlooks on life, they fight whatever they are feeling as they want to protect their scarred hearts.
But the inevitable does seem to happen. As we’ve come to expect in Hallmark films, the end is never in question. And, of course, that should give us a sense of relief. For Hallmark, it is always the journey to true love, and this journey is one that will unquestionably tug at your heartstrings. In fact, I found myself near tears several times throughout the course of the film, and that is when I knew that the masterful script and phenomenal acting had enveloped my entire being.
Anyone who knows me would say that I value realism in stories, so why on earth would I so connect with what some might consider a “sappy” film? Easy–these two are so perfect that they made me remember that at the end of the day, I am a true romantic at heart. It is one of those things I don’t always publicize, but when stellar acting is combined with an incredibly well-written script, I can be just as silly and hopeful for a happy ending as any other nonsensical female out there.
So I call this one a Hallmark masterpiece, and hope that Saturday night everyone tunes in for this film and luxuriates in the power of true love. After all, isn’t is nice to remember that there are still some good things in this world? I invite all of you to experience the charm, grace, and effervescence of this enchanting love story!
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