5 June 2015 | vchimpanzee
Cute romantic comedy if you like heavy metal and naughty talk
Crystal is pretty and has a nice singing voice. She makes her living singing and making noise with her guitar. I won't dignify it by calling it music. She learned from Hendrix, but says it's not that one, although it could have been. Her boyfriend and manager Richard wants her to write a hit song instead of just playing other people's songs. To do that, Crystal goes to a remote cabin by a lake. Scott is already there. He wants to be alone so he can write a novel. He and Crystal have a problem.
According to Scott, the landlord, on the phone, claims there are no hotel rooms for miles. They will just have to work it out. Crystal is willing and she seems pleasant enough. She won't be pushed around, and Scott isn't particularly macho, even though he served two years in the Air Force in Iraq. He was actually in communications.
Crystal and Richard's relationship isn't as good as it could be, so there is the possibility of a romance here, despite this couple being so mismatched. However, they are both writers in a sense. Scott has had stories published. Crystal is surprised to learn a movie she enjoyed was a book first, and believes a book can't be much good if it can't be a movie. Scott is more sensitive and a vegetarian and wants to write about feelings, and Crystal has to admit that feelings are a part of her so-called music as well.
Meanwhile, an elderly couple who live nearby are spying on the two and making up stories about them. Eventually, the two couples meet.
Crystal is a basically a nice girl, though with a somewhat edgy personality. She's easy enough to like. Believe it or not, she wears bunny slippers. I am glad, however, that I saw this on broadcast TV, where the language had to be cleaned up. She has got a mouth on her.
Scott is also pleasant enough but kind of shy and socially awkward.
The older couple are nice, though Raymond, who served in Vietnam, doesn't respect Scott's military service, calling it "Chair Force". But he does try to get Scott to enjoy fishing.
Richard is in more than just the first few scenes, but that's all I'll say about that. I kept thinking he looked familiar, but he's Gary Busey's son. He's sort of a jerk but pleasant enough.
So will our mismatched couple discover they love each other after all?
Anna Pheil is great (considering what this is), not just as an actress but, if one were to like what she seems to consider music, also as a musician.
Ben Savage is appealing but not really more of an actor than his TV career would suggest.
Richard Riehle and Janet Wood do a fine job.
Despite Crystal's musical taste, there is actually music in this movie. There is some nice background music with acoustic guitar. In one romantic scene involving the older couple, there is music from the big band era. Similar music is playing in a restaurant where Scott goes to get away from it all. Most of the background music is kind of new age style, with what sounds sort of like a guitar, some loud drums, a piano and something that sounds like a violin is plugged in.
Be sure to stay around for the closing credits. There are some Youtube style performances, in various genres, of a ridiculous song Crystal writes. The hicks who sort of sound country are the best in my opinion. The rappers' video is professional quality. Whatever that is worth, since it is rap.
It's sort of like a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, only with bad words and naughty talk. Cute, but not too cute.