Hallmark's 'Smart Cookies' is a sweet treat

Hallmark Channel celebrates Girl Scouts centennial with “Smart Cookies” on Saturday.
BY JACQUELINE CUTLER Published: August 17, 2012
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The doorbell rings, and the person on the other side of the door wants money. Possibly the only time you're happy to reach for your wallet is when that person is wearing a sash.

Girl Scouts have that effect when they come calling to sell Thin Mints, Samoas and Tagalongs. This year, as the organization celebrates its centennial, Hallmark Channel celebrates Girl Scouts with “Smart Cookies” Saturday.

It's a sweet film and a bit predictable, but we wouldn't want a horror movie or a film noir about Scouts. There are lessons learned — most of them by adults — and friendships forged.

A real estate office is the launching point for the film, where Lola (Patricia Richardson, “Home Improvement”) is the boss, and Julie (Jessalyn Gilsig, “Glee”) is scheduled to become the top salesperson of the year. Lola mandates everyone in the office do community service and assigns Julie to lead a scout troop.

‘‘I really liked her because she is an ambitious career person and very understanding and empathic about Jessalyn's character; she sort of got her,” Richardson says of her character. ‘‘I think she is very deliberate in giving her the assignment. My thing is she doesn't have kids of her own and never had a daughter and views her as being a daughter.”



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