Stars: 3 / 5
Smooch is a Hallmark TV Movie released in 2011 loosely based on the Brother Grimm's short story The Frog King. In the original story a Prince is turned into a frog by a witch's cruel charm. He must convince a Princess to take him home and treat him like a king. Reluctantly, she does, and on the third day, the Princess awakens to find that her kindness has transformed the frog into a handsome Prince, and the pair lives happily ever after.
However in this movie, Zoe (portrayed by Kiernan Shipka) is a young girl who is obsessed with fairytales - The Frog Prince in particular - and want her widowed mother a perfect prince for valentine's day. Coming home from school one day trying to save a frog from her science class, she chances upon an amnesiac young man dressed in monarchy clothes with webbed feet assuming him to be the frog that turned to a prince.
The rest of the plot shows how Zoe convinces her mother Gwen (portrayed by Kellie Martin) to get him into their home as a Manny with the name Flynn (portrayed by Simon Kassianides) and eventually get her to like him enough to take him on as a valentine's date.
The movie is sweet and reminded me of the fairy tale very much. I always loved Kellie Martin's Mystery Woman Murder Mysteries series. So it was a natural for me to like her in this movie. But Kiernan was the one that captured me the most as Zoe. Certainly a good watch for those dreamy days.