Year:  2019

Director:  Adriana Trigiani

Rated:  M

Release:  March 11, 2021

Distributor: Umbrella

Running time: 98 minutes

Worth: $5.00
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Craig Ferguson, Kathie Lee Gifford, Ford Kiernan, Liz Hurley, Phyllida Law

…a soppy melodrama…

Written and starring Kathie Lee Gifford, Then Came You centres on a lonely widow, Annabelle, who is dealing with the grief of her husband’s death by travelling around the world with his ashes to visit locations from their favourite movies.

Her first stop is at a 400-year-old Scottish castle turned inn, owned by a scruffy and sarcastic Howard Awd, played by Craig Ferguson. Their first interactions present a culture clash, as the American Annabelle is initially shocked by the coarseness of Howard’s Scottish humour. However, their affections grow for each other as they have more in common than they realise.

The film presents itself as a warm rom-com for the middle-aged generation, but other than the latent attraction that the two feel for each other, there is almost nothing else that happens. The only obstacle in their way is that Howard is getting married in just a few days to a woman he clearly has no love for. This pre-empts a-blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance from Elizabeth Hurley as Howard’s sycophantic fiancée who serves no purpose other than to get out of Howard’s way so he can be with Annabelle.

For the most part, the film is littered with sexual innuendos that become tiresome very quickly. For a film about people entering the twilight of their life, and adjusting to that new phase, the writing is stuck in a rut of dirty teenage humour. For example, Annabelle takes the initiative to fix faulty plumbing at the inn, but with leaky water dripping over her, steam blowing from the pipes, and Gifford exasperatedly grunting, the scene is nothing more than a poorly constructed metaphor for sex. Not only this, Annabelle boasts that her mother told her she was full of “spunk”; as Howard and his friend Gavin explain what it means, they all proceed to hysterically laugh – a recurring reaction to these types of jokes that drag scenes on endlessly.

Then Came You is a soppy melodrama whose central characters have some chemistry, but lacks any substance to sustain its run-time.

  • Susan Webster
    16 November 2021 at 1:05 am

    It was so implausible and so superficial – that I became bored very quickly and had to force myself to stay to the end. Craig Ferguson was the most believable out of the lot and the doggy was adorable.

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