Director: David D Dietrich
Writer: David D Dietrich, Cyndi Monroe (Screenplay)
Starring: Justin Ray, Christine Juarbe, Aaron Groben, Claire Bermingham, Katy Bodenhamer, Vicky Dawson
Plot: Thomas McKenzie has been searching for the perfect girl his whole life. When he meets two women who pique his interest he learns that the love we are searching for is not always the true love that makes us whole.
Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes
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Story: About Hope starts as we meet photographer Thomas (Ray who has spent his whole life making a list of a perfect women, always finding a problem with ever women that comes into his life, until he meets Hope Sanchez (Juarbe) a widowed mother that the two click instantly, with family connections from her move to town.
As Thomas and Hope look like things are going well, Thomas meets Hope’s latest clients Desiree Sinclaire (Bermingham) who just so happens to look identical to a painting Thomas drew, leaving him in a position of trying to figure out what he wants most from his life.
Thoughts on About Hope
Characters & Performances – Thomas McKenzie grew up believing he would need to find the perfect girl, now women to be happy, he has passed on every date that came his way because there was always a flaw, he has made a career in the photography, which has seen Hope walk into his life, leaving him questioning everything about his lists and how far he needs to go in his career. Justin Ray gives us a performance which will see him need to balance the comedy, with the man that can’t take enough of life seriously. Hope Sanchez is the widowed mother that has moved to town to grow her business while raising her daughter, she does find herself getting along with Thomas, which could see her open up once again in her life. Christine Juarbe is great in this role, showing the sparks flying, while holding the reluctance to let someone in after her previous experiences. Desiree Sinclaire is the author that Hope might start selling their latest book, she happens to be everything that Thomas has dreamed off and offers to take Thomas under her wing to further his career, having her eye on him too. Claire Bermingham does make her character come to life with her celebrity style to the role. We do also meet the family and friends of both Thomas and Hope that will add comedy and help direct the pair in the right directions in life.
Story – The story here follows a photographer who has created an unrealistic list of what he wants in a perfect woman, rejecting any that come into his life that don’t meet his criteria must change his mindset when he meets the beautiful Hope who brings a new spark to his life, only for his choices to get mixed up when his career could take off after meeting another woman. This is one of the more by the book romantic comedies, following a guy that needs to become realistic when it comes to meeting someone in his life, instead of putting together a list of what he wants, proving love will work in strange ways, that nobody can explain, but by the end, it will give you the strongest emotions of joy and pain.
Themes – About Hope brings us a romantic comedy that does bring us strong supporting character laughs, which will give the leads the romantic side, which does give us a natural look at how quickly love can happen around the right people.