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Window Wonderland (2013)
Hallmark Channel Original Movie
Starring Chyler Leigh (Sloan), Paul Campbell (Jake), Naomi Judd (Rita)
The moment I noticed Chyler Leigh, the woman who played Lexi Grey (Mark and Lexi 4ever) on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ was on this one, I knew that I had to watch it. After watching quite many of these Hallmark films in a short period time, ‘Window Wonderland’ definitely left an impression on me and became one of those films I will add to my rewatch-list for the actual Holiday period.
Chyler Leigh plays Sloan, a Parsons graduate who is now working as a window dresser in a New York department store. Her reality is not quite she wants everyone else to see, and because of that she has made up little lies about her background. Her colleague at the store is Jake (played by the gorgeous Paul Campbell), a happy-go-lucky artist who came to New York to pursue his dream of becoming an artist despite the fact that his family does not seem to believe in him. When the two are put in a position in which they have to fight for a job, they are forced to spend more time together, and in a true Hallmark fashion, sparks start to fly and the characters are made to realize that in the end, they are not that different from each other.
For me, a chemistry between the main characters is CRUCIAL when it comes to these Hallmark films. Since the writing and the cinematographical value of these films is often not the highest, the connection between the leads usually either makes or breaks the film for me. Chyler Leigh and Paul Campbell definitely have chemistry, and I think they convincingly bring about the whole “will they/won’t they” structure of their relationship. The fact that Paul Campbell is so freaking charming also helps a lot.
There are some random twists and turns there, as well as a good amount of cheesiness, but I think those are the things that make these films so fun and easy to watch. Window Wonderland was a highly positive surprise for me that I will most likely rewatch already around the upcoming Holiday season.