Reverend Casey Hunt is promoted to senior minister of her church after the former one steps down, but she doesn’t like her job because she is perpetually single. However, her plans change when she finds out that her replacement is going to be someone she met in seminary—a witty, handsome man who is still single. Thus, they decide to hang around together and do comedic things until enough time goes by in the movie for it to come to a neat, inventible conclusion. However, this plot isn’t complete without a typical up-and-down romance based on lack of communication. Welcome to made-for-television films!
Production Quality (2.5 points)
Much like Hallmark, as we have stated before, UP has mastered the art of the quick made-for-TV production that looks good on the outside. Heavenly Match is one of these such films. It has good video quality, camera work, and audio quality. It has a predictably silly soundtrack to accompany this. Though the sets and locations are slightly limited in this small-town universe, the props are fine. The editing is also fine, considering the tight window this content has to fit into between commercial breaks. However, it’s not like there was much content in the first place. In the end, this film checked all the necessary production boxes.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
From beginning to end, Heavenly Match is filled with a ridiculous amount of constant narration that destroys any hope this film had of having natural progression. The comedy elements are painfully forced to the point of nausea, and the dialogue is very odd. As a whole, this story demonstrates a lack of fundamental understanding of real church work, and it is a completely manufactured plot that is hopelessly pandering to Christian audiences every second it has. The romantic comedy elements are cringeworthy and were mass-produced on an assembly line as every possible cliché and convention in this genre is used. In short, this film is extremely empty and mostly pointless except to just fill air time and make some easy commercial money.
Acting Quality (2 points)
Though this cast has plenty of professional elements that help its score reach above-average quality, most of the time, the main cast members are trying too hard to be interesting and funny. At times, they are also very plastic in their demeanors. Makeup can also tend to be overdone. However, this section is mostly fine and rounds out a pedestrian film.
Another day, another run-of-the-mill television film from an inspirational network with ad spots to sell. What do we expect at this point? Perhaps soon there will be so many dynamic, creative, and ground-breaking Christian films that movies like Heavenly Match will be totally irrelevant. Maybe.
Final Rating: 4.5 out of 10 points