Monday, November 13, 2023

Hallmark Christmas Movie Review; Checkin' It Twice

 Hockey and love are the main theme of this 2023 Hallmark Christmas movie Checkin' It Twice. This is one of the first movies to premier in the 2023 Hallmark Christmas season.

Male hockey player with beard standing in front of ice rink with hockey skates hanging off shoulder.

Kevin McGarry and Kim Matula star in this hockey themed Hallmark movie located in a small hockey loving town. 


Struggling older hockey player is hoping to "move up" to the next level of hockey. McGarry is believable enough though admittedly he is playing a 32 year old amongst 20 + year olds. The older athlete hoping to achieve his dream of being called "up" to the next level team is one seen before ... and is predicable. However, Hallmark is predictable too which is part of its' charm (if you are a fan of course.)

McGarry of the Hallmark series When Calls The Heart has been popping up more and more in Hallmark movies. The chemistry with the Matula is believable and moves the story along. Their chemistry along with a fun loving hockey town family provides quite a few smiles.


Cute, enjoyable and amusing is my summary of Checkin' It Twice. If the movie comes on in the background, I wouldn't change the channel, but I would not seek the movie out either to rewatch. My Hallmark grade is a pleasant to watch B.

If you like hockey themed Hallmark movies, Taking A Shot At Love with Alexa Penavega and Luke Macfarlane and Frozen In Love with Rachael Leigh Cook and Niall Matter would be my first and second choice.

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Hallmark Christmas Movies 2021 Reviewed by The Savvy Age

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A New Year's Resolution by Cynthia 

Hallmark Christmas Movies 2020 Reviewed by The Savvy Age

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  1. I like your honest review of the Hallmark movie 'Checking it Twice', Tracey. Any Hallmark hockey fans would enjoy this movie, just as I would enjoy any baseball themed movie, Grade B or not. It's the theme that can draw you in. :) Plus the Hallmark name which most often stands for 'good viewing'.

  2. I appreciate your candid review of this Hallmark Christmas movie, Tracey. Sometimes “cute, enjoyable and amusing “ is just what the doctor ordered.

  3. I have not seen this one yet. But I must admit that I've been binging on Hallmark movies because of my mother. She loves having something on TV and I'm not such a TV fan. So Hallmark is the channel that gets played most often. I'll have to look for this one....thanks Tracey for your review and scorecard.

  4. I haven't seen this movie yet. Hockey, or even sports in general, are not my first choices but I do love Hallmark movies so I will definitely watch it when I see it available to me. I never mind that the movies are predictable. As you said, that is part of their charm. I never have to worry that I am going to end up depressed after the movie. I really prefer the uplifting (even when predictable) happy movies.

  5. You know, with all that's going on in the world, a nice clean Christmas movie sounds like just what the doctor ordered - just a bit of an escape for a few hours - there's nothing wrong with that - and lots of prayer too - hockey was a big part of our family's life, and figure skating a part of mine - so anything to do with the "ice" appeals to me. Thanks for this one Tracey.


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