Laura Connors is a high-powered executive in New York with demands at her job while at the same time trying to be a mother to her lonely daughter, Kelsey. Laura would like to forget that she is still technically married to her husband Dylan, who still lives in a small town in Texas. But she can’t forget that fact when the local court has ordered her to appear over Valentine’s Day weekend to settle her unknown marital status and questionable custody arrangements. She is forced to leave behind an important business deal in order to face a judge who never liked her and a husband she wants to forget. But what she doesn’t realize is that this is exactly what she needs—to slow down and remember the values she has been ignoring for years.
Production Quality (.5 point)
The one consolation in this film is that the video is clear and the oft-used outside scenes are not butchered. However, this is the extent of positivity to mention. The sets and locations are quite cheap and lackadaisical. The movie is populated with Texas stock footage of locations we never see the characters go, accompanied by a cheesy country music soundtrack. The makeup is overdone. In short, Your Love Never Fails fulfills the bill of a typical Hallmark movie—easy to watch on the surface, but absolutely nothing underneath.
Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)
This movie is a typical, very overdone small town plot complete with typical small town dialogue like “I remember when you used to…” and “She never liked me after I did such and such…” and “You look so different since I last saw you!” Thus, the characters are very empty and seem clueless to reality. We are not certain if this is supposed to be funny, but any attempted comedy fails miserably. The Christian message that is inserted into the movie comes off as very manufactured and forced. The entire premise of the story is unrealistic and slightly improbable, just to fulfill the requirement of a Christian-themed movie taking place during Valentine’s Day. Surprisingly, the central idea of the film—repairing a broken marriage—is interesting but has no substance whatsoever. It is hard to even connect with the struggles of the characters are see them as real people. The bottom line is that the idea behind Your Love Never Fails should have been handed to a more thoughtful team.
Acting Quality (0 points)
The clichés seemingly never end, as the actors and actresses sport obviously fake Southern accents. As previously mentioned, the makeup is terrible, making all the characters look plastic. The delivery of lines is too bubbly—even when characters are supposed to be sad, it is hard to believe that they are actually sad. Thus, the emotions are contrary. In short, there is really not much good to say here.
Your Love Never Fails is a different romance than most Hallmark films, as it portrays two characters already married. If we are to have more romances on the market, then film-makers might as well do different things than having two random people thrown into an improbably situation together and portraying them as hating each other before falling madly in love with each other, all in the span of a week or less. The struggles of American marriages are real, but Your Love Never Fails only makes a flippant mockery of them. This idea needs to be used again in a better way. After all, who’s going to complain about another copycat romance?
Final Rating: 1 out of 10 points
John Schneider: “NOOOOOOOOO…..YOU CAN”T BE KELSEY!?!?!?!?!? (said in demeaning little kid voice) I married your Mom and Dad…” Excuse me sir?