The Hallmark Hall of Fame movie “The Makeover” is a modern take on “Pygmalion”/”My Fair Lady” with Julia Stiles starring as Hannah Higgins and David Walton as Elliot Doolittle.
As the film begins, Boston consultant Hannah, an advocate for education reform, has lost a bid for Congress because voters didn’t quite warm up to her straightforward yet chilly personality.
After Hannah and her business partner Colleen Pickering (Camryn Manheim) share a conversation with beer vendor Elliot, he comes to Hannah asking for her help to enhance his chances at getting a promotion at work.
Elliot has a thick South Boston accent and a very casual way of dressing, but he’s a people person – which leads Hannah and Colleen to enlist Elliot to be a political candidate himself.
Hannah doesn’t make this aspect clear to Elliot in the beginning, however – he thinks she and Colleen are assisting him in his goal to win that job promotion.
But after a makeover that includes a shaved beard, a haircut, suits added to his wardrobe, and an invisible South Boston accent, the time spent together turning him into a “proper gentleman” means Elliot may have more in store in his life with Hannah than a political campaign.
“The Makeover” is an enjoyable movie, due in large part to Walton’s charming performance as Elliot and the complexity of Stiles’ portrayal of Hannah.
If you’re in the mood for a subtle yet sweet romantic movie, tune in to “The Makeover,” which airs at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 on ABC.
– Melissa Hayer
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