Last Chance Cafe (2006 TV Movie)
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Both Hallie and Kiley end up at Chance's Ranch when they check out of town, L.A, in fear for their lives. It turns out that Hallie got hold of a sh*t-load of documents that not only implicated her ex-husband Paul Boyer, John Novak, the local district attorney but almost every judge and politician, as well as the police commissioner, in LA county in being in the pocket to the Mafia! This, the secret documents, had already cost Hallie's father's, an ex L.A cop, life and will soon cost the life of his good friend and fellow L.A retired policeman Charlie Long (Scott Hylands), who gave Hallie the document, as well.
It's at "Chance's Pace" and the nearby "Last Chane's Café" that both Hallie and Kiley find a new lease on life in being away from all the troubles that they left behind in L.A. That's until a desperate Paul tracks them down and things start to get really out of hand. In that Paul needs to get his hands on the secret documents that Hallie has or else not only his future as a big city district attorney but his very life is kaput!
Not that convincing of and ending with Chance coming to both Hallie, who had since fell in love with him, and Kiley's rescue despite getting shot an left for dead by Paul! It seemed that the frantic Paul was using blanks, in that Chance was totally unhurt after the shooting, instead live bullets during the shoot-out.
Despite both Chance & Hallie getting hitched, with Hallie's Mafia pursuers no longer in the picture, at the end of the film the most heartwarming event to take place was the "Last Chance Café's" owner and short and long order cook Madge Beardsley,Samantha Farris, finally finding the man of her dreams! Selling the place to Hallie, who turns out to be a master chief, Madge takes off with the handsome and rugged trucker Garvin Cross who's been a regular customer at her café for the least three years! Madge was so busy looking for the right man in her life on the internet match-making sites that she didn't see him when he was right in front of her ordering Madge's delicious home-made apple pie and meatloaf!
The only real saving grace this film had were the actors and actresses as they really did try. Though they never quite appear to save the film as there's just too much wrong with it. There's bad dialogue, worse camera shots, inactive action sequences, and a storyline that appears cobbled together. If you took out all the unnecessary scenes for the pivotal ones, you would lose over half the film.
This to me is a waste of a decent cast. I've mostly enjoyed everything Kevin Sorbo and Samantha Ferris have been in, but not this. I cannot lay the blame at the feet of the cast at all because they all do a decent job with their characters. It's just that there's not much for them to get their teeth into. Which is a shame as the synopsis should allow for a multitude of interesting scenes.
Hallie (Vernon) used to be married to the District Attorney, even though her stepfather was against the marriage and had misgivings about her husband Paul (Novak). At her stepfather's funeral, she learns that he might have been silenced. An old friend of his passes across some evidence to Hallie at the graveside. She is shocked to see photographs of her ex in the company of corrupt cops. When her suspicions are confirmed she packs her daughter and herself into the car and off they run. The car breaks down but luckily for them, they're in one of the friendliest and littlest towns in America. She quickly gets a job in the cafe, a house on Chance's (Zorbo) ranch, and she doesn't have to worry about the car repairs - until she can afford it... where is this small town I wanna move in(?)
This all happens in the first fifteen minutes of the film, so the rest is going to be packed with the dirty cops and bent DA chasing her down... well... no! They'll kidnap the daughter to trade her for the evidence?.. no! There'll at least be a big shootout between the bad and good guys?.. no! The rest of the film is pretty much filled with mushy stuff, which could be forgivable if it were done well. This film had so much scope but you can push the storyline through the eye of a sewing needle it's that thin.
The only reason I'd recommend this flick to anyone is to show them how not to make a film - or how to make a boring film, especially if they're involved in trying to cure insomnia.
The only reason I managed to stick with this at all was because there was something kinda sexy about Kevin Sorbo. He plays an easy going rancher and as well as being able to act even manages to create some chemistry with (Kate Vernon) who one-dimensionalizes her way through her role as his love interest 'Hallie'.
The story follows Hallie as a woman on the run, fleeing her dangerous ex-husband and some other corrupt men in suits. When her car breaks down in a small town, a friendly guy named Chance Coulter (seriously) takes Hallie and her young daughter in, giving them a place to stay and finding her a job at the "last chance café" while she awaits car repairs and the audience waits for (A) them to fall in love and (B) the bad guys to show up. 3/8/15 Langley B.C as somewhere small-town USA