A few nights ago I decided to play a movie on Netflix called Coffee Shop. While I didn’t love the movie 100%, I did find parts of it to be enjoyable.
The movie stars Laura Vandervoort as Donavan Turner, the owner of a struggling coffee shop in the middle of nowhere. Donavan started the coffee house at the young age of 19 with the goal to help developing countries once the shop really takes off. We first meet Donavan as she is meeting a guy at a local restaurant for a date. Donavan begins to tell us about her love life and how she let the perfect one go.
We then learn about the coffee shop’s struggles. The loan that Donavan took out to help develop her business eventually forced her business in limbo, while she finds herself underwater because of that loan. We learn that the bank with which she took her loan out was sold to a big New York bank.
Donavan’s ex-boyfriend tried to bail Donavan out but it ended up blowing up in his face.
Enter Ben, played by Cory M. Grant, who is a play write from New York but is currently in the small town that Donavan is in to try to write a new play. Ben ends up writing a play about falling in love with Donavan and in the process hurts her, loves her, and then helps save her business.
I liked the movie. I didn’t have any high expectations for it, but it was good. I found it to be a typical cheesy romance movie and probably wouldn’t watch it again. I liked the story idea, I liked the casting, but what I didn’t like is the scoring. When things got intense there was always going to be a song playing in the background paired with incredibly soft speaking. Instead of building up the emotions, it actually took me away from the story.
If you’re into simple cheesy movies, you will enjoy this. But if you’re looking for something with meat and twists, this one is probably not for you.
My Rating: 3/5.