Judge David Johnson solved a garage sale mystery. His reward was a weather-beaten Zardoz action figure.
Lori Loughlin (Full House) stars as Jennifer Shannon, the purveyor of antiques shop who's developed one of the keenest bargain-hunting eyes this side of the Mekong Delta. Saturday mornings find her journeying throughout neighborhood side streets, hitting up every garage sale she can find, searching for that hidden treasure that would fetch some coin in her shop or on eBay.
Turns out, her Sherlock Holmes-ian powers of observation and detail-gathering can be used for more than just spotting bad-ass Thomas Kinkade prints tucked between Richard Scarry books. When a string of burglaries hits the town, Jennifer inserts herself into the investigation, offering her yard sale expertise to help pinpoint the robbers (it makes more sense when they say it). But the stakes get much higher when a dead body turns up and a seemingly harmless whodunit turns into a full-blown life-and-death situation. Luckily, Jennifer is really good at buying junk.
My dickish tone aside, I'd be lying if I said I didn't at least get a small kick out of Garage Sale Mystery. It's a straight-up Hallmark movie, easy to digest, innocuous and just syrupy enough to make you feel like you're not wasting your time on some disposable pap. The murder mystery, by its nature obviously, ups the grimness level a few degrees, but even that's as low-impact as it gets; the perpetrator is not a huge surprise and his/her motivation is standard-operating dastardly.
The real draw here is the lovely Lori Loughlin, who will always have a place in my heart as the most comely squatter in Danny Tanner's Full House. As the bargain-hunter/loving-wife/committed-mother/badass-crimefighter, she's a lot of fun to watch and, again, I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't request Garage Sale Mystery 2: Thrift Store Slaughter to review.
The DVD: 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, Dolby 5.1 Surround, and no extras.
Not guilty. I'll give you ten cents for that Bea Arthur quilt square.
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