'Love's Complicated': Hallmark Teaches Conflict Resolution For Doormats In Romantic Movie, Starring Holly Marie Combs, Ben Bass

Traciy Reyes

Love's Complicated is an energetic and exciting new comedy drama that will premiere on the Hallmark channel tomorrow. Love's Complicated is based on the Christian book My Life As A Doormat--In Three Acts by Rene Gutteridge. It is about a writer who hates hurting people's feelings, but who ultimately learns to stand up for herself through the help of a friend. According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), the cast stars Corbin Bernsen, Randal Edwards, Michael Barbuto as Sam, Ben Bass as Cinco, and Holly Marie Combs as Leah Townsend. Love's Complicated is directed by Jerry Ciccoritti and written by Jill Girling and Lori Mather-Welch.


Hallmark's Love's Complicated Movie Synopsis

Filmed in Canada, Love's Complicated centers around Leah Townsend, a big city writer and senator's daughter who knows how to "make nice" with most everybody. Though, she's known for being a people pleaser, it starts to cause problems in her life. For starters, she feels that her relationship with her loving boyfriend, Edward Crouse, is becoming dull and lacking excitement; but, she wouldn't dare tell him so. She is also having great difficulty pulling together ideas for her new novel. But, Leah Townsend's life is about to get a little more interesting after an argument with Edward leads her to a class on conflict resolution, where she meets Cinco Dublin, an outspoken radio host who doesn't care what anyone thinks. Though, she is turned off by Cinco's sharp tongue at first, once she's able to get past his abrasive exterior, she begins to see a side to him that makes her like him even more.

While she loves Edward Crouse, Cinco is teaching her to stand up for herself, instead of allowing everyone to walk on her like a doormat. In finding her inner strength, Leah's feelings are split between two men in her life: her sweet and affectionate boyfriend Edward Crouse, and Cinco Dublin, the new man in her life who has invigorated her while helping her find her new voice.


Rene Gutteridge is a Christian book writer with a large following who is known to turn out wonderful novels that teach valuable lessons. Hallmark's Love's Complicated will appeal to businesswomen who have a hard time saying no, as well as to those who have problems resolving conflict in their lives.

Love's Complicated is produced by Muse Entertainment, IAW Oddessy Network, and Dormat Productions, according to TV Tango. Joel Rice, Michael Prupas, Maura Dunbar, and Jessee Prupas act as executive producers.

Love's Complicated: About the Cast (as found on HallmarkChannel.com)

Actress Holly Marie Combs

"In television movies, Combs has played an impressive range of starring roles, including the daughter of a murdered heiress in the fact-based Daughters, killer Diane Zamora in Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder and a rape victim in Sins of Silence. Feature film work includes Born on the Fourth of July, Chain of Desire and Simple Men. She is also in Steven Soderbergh's remake of Ocean's Eleven, opposite George Clooney and Brad Pitt, in which she plays herself, along with Barry Watson and Joshua Jackson."

Actor Ben Bass

"Ben Bass landed his first television gig on the hit '80s series 21 Jump Street and has since starred in an exceptionally wide range of television, theatre and film hits. He currently stars on ABC's hit television series Rookie Blue as Detective Sam Swarek, a role for which he received a 2014 Canadian Screen Award Nomination for (Shaw Media Award – Best Performance by an actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role). Bass received his training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in England and has studied with acclaimed director and acting coach Larry Moss."

You can watch Hallmark's new movie Love Is Complicated on Saturday, January 9 at 9/8 central. After the movie, use hashtag #LovesComplicated on social media to tell us how you liked it. Read about two other Hallmark movies: Love In Paradise and The Magic Stocking.


Hallmark Channel's Love's Complicated Movie Trailer