Ever since I heard that the Erwin brothers had a new movie coming out, I’ve been excited to see it. Tonight I finally got to watch Coffee Shop and it was exactly what I was anticipating. I love feelgood romantic comedies, especially Hallmark style and this is even better because it has a wonderful faith theme. While it’s not overtly Christian, it’s got just the right mix of biblical wisdom and a distinctly Christian worldview.
Coffee Shop is the story of Donavan Turner (Laura Vandervoort), an independent young businesswoman looking for just the right blend of happiness in her life. As she struggles to save her fledgling neighborhood coffee shop, she is torn between her old love real estate guru Patrick (Josh Ventura) and her new love interest playwright Ben Carson (Cory M. Grant).
First, let me say that this movie is visually stunning. Everything about it, from the sets, camera work, beauty shots, wardrobe, everything is beautifully done. Fairhope, Alabama ,where most of the movie was shot, is a charming little town, and the filmmakers made the most of an already beautiful location.They also took full advantage of outdoor clear and colored lights which worked especially well with the shallow focus shots. I also think this is one of the best dressed faith-based movies I’ve ever seen. Anna Redmon did a fabulous job dressing all the actors in fashionable classics that worked perfectly in their environment. There were several times where I had to click the pause button just so I could fully absorb the beauty of the shots.
The casting in this movie is perfect. Beverly Holloway did an excellent job of pulling together an ensemble cast with great chemistry together. I loved seeing Jason Burkey and Rachel Hendrix together again. They were perfectly believable as a couple in love and Rachel and Laura were convincing sisters. Both Josh and Cory were great as love interests, and Jason McBeth was hilarious as the blind date gone bad.
If you enjoy a well told love story with quirky realistic characters, you will absolutely love Coffee Shop. Check it out this Sunday night on Uptv. You’ll be glad you did.