Posted: 06/19/2010


Dad’s Home, June 19 On Hallmark Channel


by Laura Tucker

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I wouldn’t say this is a new theme, as it seems the way to set up drama surrounding a father is often to show him doing it all on his own after the death of his wife. That’s what we have here with Hallmark’s Dad’s Home, except the twist on this is at the beginning of the movie, he finds out he’s being laid off.

The only good thing about Ben (David James Elliott) being laid off is it provides him more time to spend with his kids. Yet because of the lack of money, he has to fire his housekeeper who pretty much does everything for his young son and pre-teen daughter, Dylan and Lindsay (Will Shadley and Madison Davenport). He of course finds out the housekeeper’s job isn’t a very easy one.

Ben was always so busy with his work, that he realizes once he takes over 100% of the parenting duties that he was never involved much, even after his wife died. He went straight from his wife handling everything to his housekeeper handling everything. He didn’t go to games, make dinner, do the shopping, etc. Yet now, he’s forced to figure all that out. The kids end up eating meals that aren’t exactly culinary delights, and he has his share of mishaps shopping and cleaning.

Catching up quickly, Ben learns how to do the dropoff at school in the right direction, get Lindsay her first bra, and not only starts attending Dylan’s baseball games, but also gives him pointers in turning him into a better player. Additionally, he finds a new woman, but doesn’t turn her into a replacement mom/housekeeper. He makes so many great changes, that once he’s faced with getting another job, he needs to decide whether he should give up the new life he just created for himself and his family, or stick it out and continue his progress.

I do have to say that while it had the typical Hallmark storyline and overall feeling, the ending did leave me a little empty. Unlike most Hallmark movies, it wasn’t the storybook ending that you know is coming throughout the film. It left some questions and hope for the future. Lookly back on it, it’s not so empty, just not what we’re expecting.

You can catch Dad’s Home tonight on Hallmark Channel at 9 PM ET.

Laura Tucker is the webmaster of Reality Shack and its accompanying Reality Shack Blog, provides reviews at Viewpoints, and provides entertainment news pieces at Gather. She is also an Instructor and 2nd dan black belt in tae kwon do with South Elgin Martial Arts. Laura can be reached at

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