Jessica, a single parent, owner of a struggling diner, finds the inspiration she needed when her high school boyfriend, Chase, a professional baseball player returns to town.
A couple of weeks ago I had a hankering for a good romcom that I hadn’t seen before and I “discovered” the sugary sweet world of the Hallmark Channel. I delved in with The Perfect Catch and I have to admit I kept my expectations low as I always imagined TV movies being met with all kinds of derision but it turned out to be a really enjoyable film.
Its success with me lay with the lack of forced slapstick humour (apart from early on when Jessica drops the omelette over Chase in the diner), an endearing child actor (now that is high praise from me who is not a big fan of children) and likeable leads.
Jessica gets a lot of points for being a single Mum running her own business and trying to do everything for her son, including being a Dad and attempting to coach him in baseball even though she is clearly worse than him! She also doesn’t have a sulk or meltdown when Chase gets the phone call he has been waiting for and is supportive and happy for him.
Most eye roll inducing moment: when Wesley suddenly becomes awesome at baseball and not due to his baseball star Chase’s coaching but rather due to a magical pep talk. Another contender would be the Cinderella transformation that that food truck went through – no way would that thing have passed any health and safety/hygiene checks.