This story starts out with two slightly overused plot devices to set up the premise. Save the clinic meets Up for partner. Up for partner has a slight twist as Kelsey gets threatened basically that she take the dog if she wants to become partner. I never really understood why Mrs. Ballentine needed someone to take the dog and why did it have to be one of the attorneys? In fact, I was slightly insulted that the good ol' boys of the firm selected the female attorney to do the dog work (pun intended). After the set up, things proceed about like you'd expect when Kelsey meets the handsome (?) vet and the rest is (predictable) history. I wasn't impressed with Jake Sandvig. It was hard to tell how much the actor contributed since his role was a relatively typical withdrawn personality with trouble expressing his feelings. Either way, I really didn't feel any chemistry between he and Nevin. Otherwise Nevin plays a fairly smooth role as the attorney stuck with the dog. I'm not a fan of attorneys so I thought perhaps she was even a little more likeable and generous than one would expect from that part. Kelsey was almost always agreeable to everyone and accepted pretty much what was asked of her, even if it was a little unreasonable. True, given her menial position she didn't have much choice at least with the firm, but her cheerfulness belied any animosity over the demands. Kelsey had a sweet relationship with her mom, which was nice to see. Antonio Sabato Jr. was supposed to be a mean boss, but while he was certainly very inconsiderate and demanding, I thought he was more lame. I thought it was inconsistent that Harrison made it a point that his clients weren't wealthy enough to help support the clinic, but that's the first place Kelsey turned. Likewise she completely ignored the obvious choice and as soon as you saw the video starring Daisy, the clues are overwhelming as to what is about to happen on two fronts. Did I mention predictable? The dog was cute, but didn't save the movie. I say "save" even though I found it right on the bubble as to needing to be saved versus just meh. I found Brooke Nevin to be the biggest reason for what enjoyment I got from the movie.
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March 31, 2021