Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Movie Review: In My Dreams

A few years ago, while I was watching TV on a now-defunct cable channel, I remember seeing this Hallmark movie that I fell in love with instantly. It was a romantic movie starring Katharine McPhee and Mike Vogel called In My Dreams. I have been a fan of Katherine since her American Idol days, so it was an easy choice to want to watch this movie. I never heard of Mike Vogel before this one, but I was later a fan because of his work on the TV series The Brave (which I wish could have lasted longer than it did).

Katharine McPhee stars as Natalie, who owns an Italian restaurant and is determined to make it a successful one. Mike Vogel, on the other hand, plays Nick, an architect who is frustrated by how he is unable to fulfill his dream project at the company that he is working for. Both have people in their lives who want them to have a significant other. For her, it is her best friend. For him, it is his mother. 

In the town/city that they live in, there is a fountain in the park that is said to have a legend about getting two people together. If you toss a coin into the fountain you will dream about your true love. You then have seven nights to make the dream a reality. Both Natalie and Nick happen to toss their coins into the fountain at the same time, with their coins landing on top of each other.

In between the frustrations that both characters are having with their personal careers and their lack of a love life, Natalie and Nick start dreaming about each other. They get to know each other and form a bond that grows into an attraction and love for each other. Given that they have only seen each other in their dreams, there is obvious doubt as to whether that other person is real. 

Distracted by their careers and prospective significant others in their waking lives, the two start to have doubts about the feelings they are having for their “dream person.” The frustration is the same for me as a viewer as I see them almost running into each other but never really seeing each other during certain moments. Fortunately, this being a Hallmark Movie, fate gives them a helping hand and they manage to find each other to have a satisfying real-life reunion in the end.

I have watched so many Hallmark movies through the years and while I have to admit that many of them pretty much have the same formula and we always get the expected happily ever after outcome, In My Dreams for me is better than most. I guess it could be attributed to the fact that the two leads do not usually do Hallmark films (or romantic movies for that matter). The concept is different too. 

To date, this is one of my all-time favorite Hallmark films. I have been trying to find out where I can watch this again because I really loved it. I have tried Amazon, but it says I need a US payment method to be able to purchase it. I tried Google Movies and Apple but no such luck on that end either.

I hope that there is some other way that I can have a copy of this one because it’s one of those comforting movies that would just make me feel better after a long and frustrating day as I watch it with a tub of ice cream (yes, such a cliche, but true).

If anyone has any tips on how I can get a copy of this, please let me know.  It would be great to see this movie again!


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