A married woman becomes attracted to a young man after she takes the ashes of her nanny to Hawaii.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Burke
Kehau (as Kieu-Chinh)
Brooke Harman ...
Mikhael Wilder ...
James Dean ...
Gerry Day ...
Rev. Stewart
Robert Díaz ...
Gabriella Di Labio ...
Ariu Lang Sio ...
Kent Harding ...


Workaholic Mike grudgingly minds the kids while his wife, legal assistant Emma Burke, flies to Hawai with ashes of Lily, the native who raised her and came to Boston with her. On the minor Hawaian island, Emma finally gets acquainted (again) with her family, and decides to stay, also to help with their flower nursery's legal problems. She also learns her biological mother is alive and well on the island, but refuses to talk to her now and starts an ill-considered affair with handsome cousin Kala. Mike flies in with the two children, complicating everything further. Written by KGF Vissers

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On a trip to paradise, one woman discovers everything she has... may not be everything she desires.


Drama | Romance





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10 March 2003 (USA)  »

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Returning Lily  »

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When Kala takes Emma to see the family altar, he rests his right hand on the altar and reaches to put down the flowers he's holding in his left hand. There's a closeup of his hand placing the flowers down, and they're suddenly in his right hand. See more »


Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World
Written by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg / Bob Thiele and George David Weiss
Performed by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
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firm 5
15 February 2005 | by (Odessa, UA) – See all my reviews

This movie is quite good for spending an evening with it. Actually I caught it on Hallmark channel, so it means it' supposed to be made for the whole family. So the main lack of the movie is the ending, completely unreal. Probably it was dictated by that obvious rule - tell the moral at the end and praise the family values. What we got? Woman, that is every day tortured by the daughter, who complains that mom doesn't understand her, husband, that drawn in the routine of life and turned his family life into deadly boring thing. And when she met gorgeous guy who fall in love with her, what does she do after? Yeah according to these stupid family movies' rules - return to her family - back to her home hell. I mean she had chance to escape everything that burdened her in life before she came to Hawaii. This decision seems to me unreal. The end of "Tempted" is like banishing from Paradise. The heroine doesn't look like she's making the step to new or at least refreshed life. She's bravely returning to her family, but it does look like if she's making a DEED - not a joy or happiness. The views of Hawaii - beautiful nature and Jason Momoa will be a bonus:))while watching.

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