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Lake Effects (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Family, Romance | TV Movie 6 May 2012
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Sara and Lily grew up at Smith Mountain Lake. Sara became estranged from the family and without explanation moved to Los Angeles to study law. Her sister Lily, an artist, teaches locally ... See full summary »

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... Sara
... Vivian
... Lily
... Ray
... Ash Henson
... Mark Futterman
... Carl
... Tyler
... Old Vic
... Winchester
... Elizabeth
... Chairman McCarren
Liberty the Dog ... Dobie
... Jeanne
Scott Winters ... Dave Boyers
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Sara and Lily grew up at Smith Mountain Lake. Sara became estranged from the family and without explanation moved to Los Angeles to study law. Her sister Lily, an artist, teaches locally and lives with their parents, Ray and Vivian, until Dad dies in an accident. Sara returns to help settle his estate, and all our ladies cross paths with an eclectic group of local oddballs, as they search for a Loch Ness-style monster they believe lurks in the lake's depths. A few real Smith Mountain Lake characters make appearances. The next week at the lake is filled with adventure, tears, and laughter as Vivian and her two daughters finally understand, through the guidance of Dad's spirit, if they still belong on the lake, even though Ray is gone. All paths converge at the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival, on course for a heart-warming and hilarious collision. Written by Mike McKay

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Smith Mountain Lake was formed in 1966 when the Appalachian Power Company built the dam at the convergence of the Roanoke River and Blackwater. See more »

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Vivian: Now I chose this life. I chose family and community and simplicity and nature, over wealth and power and position and fame. Now I respect your choices; and I know folks in your neck of the woods don't respect mine; but I expect you to know better.
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There are two scenes during the first part of the end credits. The first one has the TV show guy asking women about the lake monster, and the second has the girl getting asked for directions as she is stopped on the side of the road. See more »

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Thanks, Hallmark
2 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

Sara and Lily grew up at Smith Mountain Lake. Sara became estranged from the family and without explanation moved to Los Angeles to study law. Her sister Lily, an artist, teaches locally and lives with their parents, Ray and Vivian, until Dad dies in an accident.

The best hing about this film is the cast. Every great character actor is here, plus Jane Seymour and the nearly-forgotten Ben Savage. Unfortunately, it seems most of them gave the bare minimum level of performance, or the director simply did not attempt to get better out of them. The whole thing comes off as an amateur affair with no budget and actors eager to collect their (meager) paychecks and move on to the next project.

I am sorry to disparage something with the legendary Jeff Fahey, but Hallmark (much like Lifetime) is not known for its quality. If anything, they are known for trying to pull the heart strings of easily-affected house wives.


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