Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hallmark Movie: The Color of Rain


MOVIE REVIEW


The Color of Rain


Network: Hallmark Movie Channel

Original Air Date: May 31, 2014


Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: August 23, 2014

*This Hallmark TV Movie is based on the New York Times bestseller, "The Color of Rain" by Michael and Gina Spehn.








CAST:

Lacey Chabert ... Gina Kell
Warren Christie ... Michael Spehn
Alex Zahara ... Pastor Karl
Lisa Durupt ... Colleen
Sean Michael Kyer ... Sam
Seth Isaac Johnson ... Drew
Alison Thornton ... Charlotte
Logan Williams ... Jack
Callum Airlie ... Danny







PLOT:

via Hallmark Press Release:

After cancer claims Matt Kell's life on Christmas Day 2005, his widow, Gina (Chabert) and two young boys are left to cope with the pain of his loss while their close church community gathers around them for support. Wanting to be close to her kids, Gina starts to volunteer at their elementary school and meets the Spehn children, Jack, Danny and Charlotte. In a gut-wrenching coincidence, just weeks after Matt's death, the Spehn's mom, Cathy, also suddenly succumbs to cancer, leaving her distraught husband, Michael (Christie), to care for their three kids on his own. Sensing the hopelessness in Michael she so recently saw in herself, Gina reaches out to Michael and his kids and the two families begin to forge an unlikely friendship and close bond.

Over the year that follows, their lives become intertwined as they learn to lean on each other - during the at-times insurmountable obstacles, tears and adversity - and begin to heal with laughter, compassion and faith. As Gina and Michael realize their newfound friendship is so much more, they struggle against some surprising resistance from their families and community to unite their two grieving families as one and eventually learn to open their hearts to love again.







Movie Review:


Like lightning striking twice, "The Color of Rain" is a powerful story of loss, life, and finding love again.


When Michael Spehn and Gina Kell lose their spouses weeks apart, it's as if a dark cloud has come over them, until they find the comfort they seek, in their children and in their new friendship. Although Michael and Gina don't know each other well, at first, they do know exactly how the other feels. As they share their grief, the children also enjoy being together, and it seems they easily become like family.

Gina helps Michael with common Motherly tasks: such as cooking and laundry, and Michael helps Gina's sons build bunk beds.

The future ahead appears to be bright and sunny as all seems to be going along fine for the Spehn and Kell family until friends and family start to question their friendship/relationship being too much too soon.

As Christmas approaches, they both feel pressured to cool their relationship, so they decide to spend the Holidays apart. The Spehn family goes away at Christmas, however they have a change of heart, and decide to return home, at the last minute, for the Christmas Pageant.

In the end, will Michael and Gina, both decide to follow their own hearts?

Along the way, Gina had been looking for a sign and Michael reminds her of the double rainbow they saw together - the promise of a colorful life ahead.

"The Color of Rain" is a beautiful story of finding hope through the storms of life.



See or Skip:

See. It's a lovely movie.


(Please note: This story does involve the death of a spouse and parent, so it may not be suitable for young viewers.)



Warren Christie and Lacey Chabert
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*The small images of Warren Christie and Lacey Chabert (above) are via their Hallmark Channel Movies: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year and Elevator Girl.

*"The Color of Rain" is a LaCanada/Lighthouse Pictures Production.



39 comments:

  1. Oh, this movie sounds great and I can't wait! June of 2014 seems like such a long time, though!!

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  2. I'm an old friend of Gina's and her deceased husband, Matt. We miss Matt so much, but we are so happy for Gina. Telling their story is so exciting.

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  3. yes I cant wait to see this beautiful true story. Looks like great actors also. Lacey sure looks like Jennifer Love Hewitt enough to be her sister. Hallmark thanks for great shows. Coco

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  4. Love your review of The Color of Rain. I can't wait to see it!

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  5. A fan of both Lacey Chabert and Warren Christie, can't wait to see "The Color of Rain", I hope this airs on the other Hallmark Channel in the near future.

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    1. You got your wish! The Color of Rain will air August 23 on the Hallmark Channel.

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    2. Looking forward to it!

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  6. ok this is may 31, 2014 Now it says for 9pm A Crush On You will be on. at 9pm. Im very disappointed.

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    1. Coco, it aired on the Hallmark Movie Channel. That's why you aren't seeing it on the regular Hallmark Channel. Sorry for your disappointment.

      As I shared with Jill above, it will air August 23, 2014 on the Hallmark Channel.

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    2. what song was played in your wedding, please I can not get the songs played, thank you

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  7. I loved the movie last night. What is the song the family sing while setting table and getting dinner ready?

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    1. I am trying to find it as well. No luck with Google searches.

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    2. I just received an e-mail from a grandmother who would like to have the lyrics of the song to teach it to her grandchildren.

      She called it the "Things get done when you're working together" song.

      If anyone could share the lyrics, I know she would appreciate it very much.

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  8. I loved the movie last night. It was a little hard to watch at certain scenes because we lost my Mom ONE year ago TODAY. What is the song the family sings while getting dinner ready and onthe table?

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    1. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope the movie was a comfort to you and gave you a special time to reflect on memories of your Mother.

      I do not know the song, sung by the family at the table, but it was certainly well-liked by many. I hope we can find out!

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  9. Can't wait to watch this movie!! The preview looked wonderful!!

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  10. As a counselor I am glad to see a family movie that shows the issues of moving on after the death of a mate/parent. I love the part about growing a new heart and keeping the old love.

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  11. Does anyone know how to get the song- All the Colors of the Rainbow that was sung during the wedding?

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  12. Yes, I'd also like to find the song All the Colors of the Rainbow that was in the movie

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  13. Twice now, I have tried to watch this movie on the Hallmark channel as stated that it would be shown but both times that I put it on the channel at the time the movie should have started, its not on. Something else is. In May, Elevator Girl was showing in the time slot that The Color of Rain was to be on then it happened again June 26, 2014. What's going on? Why isn't Hallmark Channel showing it when they say it would be on? Confused. I really enjoy watching Lacey Chabert's movies. Would like to have seen this one.

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    1. The Color of Rain has only been shown on the Hallmark Movie Channel, so if you are looking for it on the regular Hallmark Channel that is why you are not finding it.

      The movie is quite touching, so I do hope they will show it on both stations for more viewers to see it.

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    2. Update to comment above: The Color of Rain will be shown on the regular Hallmark Channel on August 23rd.

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  14. What was the name of the poem and poet that was referenced in this movie?

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  15. What was the name of the poem or the poet quoted in this movie? I loved the quote but can not remember it.

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  16. Is this going to be on the Hallmark Channel in August. You listed it above, but I wanted to be sure since I don't have their movie channel.

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    1. Yes, this will be on the regular Hallmark Channel on Saturday August 23rd at 6 PM est.

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    2. UPDATE - to time listed above! The Color of Rain will now air on August 23rd at 9 PM est, following the first showing of Cedar Cove.

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  17. Can someone tell me what song they are singing during the campfire scene? Thank you. I appreciate your time.

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    1. "My Paddle's Keen and Bright." More information (and the lyrics) is in this article about a similar song. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_of_the_Silver_Birch

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  18. Please help me find the song that is played at the wedding scene. The chorus has "the colors of the rainbow" ... anyone know where I can find it??? TIA

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    1. Some songs in movies you may never find because some of them are sung only for the movie also they may not be complete songs

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  19. It's great movie...but i tried to find the song "All the color of rainbow" but I cant found it .. What is the name of the singer? because I wanna this song

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  20. Has anyone successfully found the song from the wedding scene yet? Thank you!

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  21. I have been searching since it aired..cant find it anywhere

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  22. Sappy story that doesn't accurately reflect loss and grief, imho as mother of 6 whose father died suddenly from a cardiac event. Doesn't begin to do justice to serious subject.

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    1. I am so truly sorry for your loss. I happened to re-watch this movie yesterday when it was played on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. It is the real life story of Michael and Gina Spehn.

      I know in real life, though it may not have been shown as much in the film, each family went through their own times of intense sadness and grief. That type of reality and emotion could never be depicted in a 2 hour movie. Gina does share with Michael, at one point in the film, how difficult it has been for her and her boys, describing many sleepless nights. Michael also shares that he and his children have been going through much of the same thing.

      Again, I am so sorry for yours and your families difficult, sudden loss.

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    2. I am living this exact story in my own life. You have no idea how I needed to see it because I've also had people question how fast the bond has formed. It has let me know it's ok to open your heart to another and there is no time limit. We both loved being married and our spouses. Feel very blessed to have found again. Thanks

      I had sudden with my husband there is no time to grieve it's almost a longer grief. When illness I assume grieving during illness. Both stink and unfair but one not worse than the other.

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    3. To ANONYMOUS who posted 8/2/16:

      The Blog owner expressed herself very well & I do agree, no 2 hour movie, especially on Hallmark, (no criticism meant) could depict the harsh, ugly, grittiness of the death of a spouse - particularly that of a YOUNG one. The ACCURATE portrayal of the rawness of death, loss & grief is best left to pay cable & documentaries. Ive not yet checked out the Spehn's website & I believe they wrote a book about their blended lives. If there is a book, perhaps reading it will give you better insight into both Spehn's individual pain & also how they learned to "turn mourning into dancing" as a new couple & family. Granted, not many widows/widowers are as blessed as they were to almost immediately find a new soulmate & also have the extended members of their 2 families get along so famously. Im sure there's more to their story than what was portrayed in the movie. ☆☆ In closing, I would like to express my condolences to you & your children on your great loss. I pray that you receive comfort, healing & many blessings in the near future.

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