My wife and I just want to find an occasional entertaining romance or romantic comedy, perhaps a sleeper film that doesn't have a lot of buzz but has a good story and interesting characters. "The Bouquet" is not such a movie. The story is bland: Two feuding sisters come home during an emergency and squabble over how to save the family flower business. There are a couple of low-key romances that help move the scrap of a story along. One sister has an interesting volunteer co-worker who has a bit of life to him. The other sister is drawn to the hunky guy who is always working at the flower farm but is not paid in anything other than apple pie. Oddly, the subject of what he gets paid is brought up once, then ignored and never answered. It didn't help that the actors all say their lines like they are just reading a script -- including Danny Gover as the world's most uninteresting minister.
Which brings up another subject: Okay, I get this is a praying family... but did we have to see them say grace three or four times? Wouldn't once be enough? Does the scriptwriter need to pad the script that much? The film is additionally padded with many shots of flowers. There's also a lot of lingering over a concrete pad into which the two sisters pressed their hands as children. This pad is shown later in the film, when the two sisters are adults, and the concrete pad looks only a few days old... still green concrete. And the production crew couldn't be bothered to remove the wood form into which the concrete was poured.
Finally, the direction of this film was sent via texts from a cell phone. Really. Every shot is a bland medium shot. When the director went in for a close-up for a kiss near the end of the film, I literally said out loud, "Finally... a close-up!" On a positive note, "The Bouquet" had no rough language, no gratuitous sex or skin, and no violence. Those are good things... really. Unfortunately, it had a bland story about vaguely saving a flower business, performed by actors who checked their hearts and souls at the door -- only the actress playing the younger sister (the brunette) showed any snap at all. The film's direction did nothing to get anything more out of the actors.
There's gotta be a family friendly film that has a well-acted and amusing story about a romance. I guess I will keep looking.