Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Higher Ground is a romantic movie which nicely demonstrates the power of love in three different plots that all tie nicely together. Oliver O’Toole (Eric Mabius) works with a beautiful woman named Shane (Kristin Booth) in the dead-letter office; they have a mutual affection for one another. Their co-workers, Norman (Geoff Gustafson) and Rita (Crystal Lowe), also like one another, but Norman is slow to show his feelings for her. The group finds that a man named Gabe (Keb’ Mo’) sent letter after letter to a woman named Hattie (Karen Holness) to try to find her after Hurricane Katrina separated them years before. She owned a jazz nightlclub, and he used to sing for her; they, too, were romantically entwined. They begin to wonder whatever happened to Hattie. Is it possible the tightly-knit group at the dead-letter office can find Gabe and Hattie and reunite them?
As in life, nothing worth winning is easily won, and in this case, Shane’s ex, Steve (Mark Valley), unexpectedly shows up in her life at the most inopportune time—right at the end of Shane’s date with Oliver. Steve has worked with her as a government official in a cyberspace hacking investigation, so Shane is drafted to go with him to another country and will be gone for at least a few weeks. Oliver pines away for Shane as the weeks pass, staring sadly at her empty desk as he longs for her return. He begins to worry that Steve is keeping Shane away longer than necessary. Norman keeps working up the nerve to propose to Rita, and Gabe is finally located. But is Hattie still alive?
This romantic tale features some comedic moments, while a few of Gabe’s songs are incorporated into the movie, including one titled “I Need One Friend to Get me Through the Day,” which is a terrific bluesy song.
The Dove Take
It was nice to see a blue-lit cross in the music hall, and there are a couple of scenes in which God is mentioned. This is a wholesome romantic comedy which has earned our Dove-Approved All Ages Seal. It is really not intended for young children but is a nice piece of work that probably works best for ages nine and above. And for the romantics out there, it will be an enjoyable viewing experience. Some viewers may wish to grab a Kleenex for some scenes near the end of the film.