Finding Love in Big Sky gives away the premise of this film in its title, but it is nonetheless a charming and tasteful story of two people who must put aside their differences and team up to save a dream. Paisley (Hedy Nasser) has settled into ranch life at her beloved grandfather’s Montana estate, but it’s a big responsibility that requires helping hands and finances. Denied the funding needed by the bank to refurbish the ranch, Paisley has nowhere else to turn when her ex-boyfriend Josh (Johnathan Stoddard) makes a pit stop in town because his car broke down. A big-time marketing executive stationed in Denver, who has been suspended from his current position at his company, Josh runs into Paisley, and she puts him up at her ranch.
He, in turn, becomes determined to help her realize her dream of a summer camp for kids where horse therapy is offered, and she reluctantly agrees to a beefed-up marketing campaign, and even a major fundraiser to raise the needed money. Paisley is stubborn and Josh is persistent, but country girl and city slicker turn out to make a great team. It’s a fun ride watching these two navigate internal and external barriers, as they move closer together.
Just at the right time, an extra bonus materializes in the form of Josh’s brother and Paisley’s good friend Sam (Nathan Kehn), who comes back into town to visit the pair and offer some comic relief. With the added support of Sam, after 15 long years, Paisley and Josh are finally able to get out of their own way to reconnect and discover what draws them to one another.
This innocent love story is enlivened by good acting and solid chemistry that reminds the viewer that a wholesome narrative is as compelling as any, as we root for the couple to discover what the viewer sees all along.
The Dove Take
Finding Love in Big Sky is a joy ride for anyone who is rooting for true love.